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Moore to the Point – Stepping Down

Note: This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Friday, July 8th. Audio included below.

After vowing to resist growing calls for his resignation, on Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waved the white flag and announced he would be stepping down from his post as PM. While it signals quite a shake-up, this is hardly an unheard-of event in British politics – in fact, several of Johnson’s recent predecessors also resigned.

In contrast, the last time a US President resigned was almost 50 years ago, when Richard Nixon stepped down following the Watergate scandal. In fact, that was the only time a US President resigned from office — though several others were impeached, none were removed from office.

But I do have to wonder if we aren’t edging ever closer to a second presidential resignation? We’re only a year-and-a-half into his term, and President Biden is providing us with almost-daily doses of his declining mental acuity. I don’t say that lightly, or to be cruel – it’s simply an observation that’s difficult to escape. That, on top of his tanking approval ratings and what appears to be shaping up to be a Democratic shellacking in the midterms, may deliver us to the doorstep of another President stepping down. While that may be welcome news to some, given his VP, it’s hard not to ask if that won’t – unfortunately — be a stepdown in multiple ways.

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