Biden and the Blank Space 

President Joe Biden arrives to give remarks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 16, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In 10 days, President Joe Biden will face primary voters in Michigan and confront some familiar challenges: apathy among younger, nonwhite voters and outrage over Israel’s U.S.-backed war against Hamas, particularly in Michigan’s substantial Arab-American community.

But what he won’t have will be challengers. Gadfly Marianne Williamson has dropped her bid following a 2 percent showing in the South Carolina primary. Remarkably, the candidate who finished behind her, Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, who carded 2,240 votes out of more than 131,000 cast, is pressing on. Say what you will about a guy who keeps running after he loses to a write-in candidate and finishes third behind a faith healer, but you can’t accuse him of being a slave to public opinion.

Michigan might have been a good opportunity for Phillips, a young, energetic, self-funded congressman from a nearby state running against an unpopular, enfeebled incumbent. But Phillips, pro-Israel and proudly Jewish, seems a very unlikeley vessel for for the protest votes of the fellas in Dearborn chanting, “Intifada, intifada” at rallies. 

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