Recall or Referendum?

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin greets voters and their children while campaigning at Piney Branch Elementary School November 7, 2023, in Bristow, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On Monday, Democrats were deep in despair and mutual recriminations about only the latest poll to show President Joe Biden in the ditch with swing state voters, including in Pennsylvania, where Biden was shown underperforming his 2020 numbers by 6 points in a rematch with former President Donald Trump.

Just 19 percent of voters of the New York Times poll of the nation’s most valuable swing state had anything good to say about the economy, and 69 percent said Biden is too old for another term. That will put some lumps in your Quaker Oats, right there.

And yet, the very next day, in a statewide vote for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, Pennsylvania voters handed a 6-point victory to the Democratic nominee. This was essentially a generic ballot test, since neither candidate was well known, and the same Pennsylvania that keeps blowing raspberries at Democrats in polls rewarded the incumbent party.

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