Joe Biden Completes His Historic Failure

Joe Biden ran as a moderate elder statesman who could heal a divided America. The media portrayed Biden as a moderate elder statesman who could help heal a divided country. The truth is that the opposite has been true.

Many Americans are beginning to believe that the Biden administration, contrary to expectations, is a rudderless leaderless and ideological mess. Biden didn’t help himself Wednesday at his rare press conference.

When challenged on America’s declining faith in the competence of his government, Biden denied reality. Biden said that Afghanistan withdrawal would not be easy. This directly contradicts his assurances before the withdrawal when he said we could do it “responsibly, deliberately and safely.” Biden’s earlier statements are not a secret, and everyone knows that 13 American soldiers died after Biden outsourced security around the withdrawal to the Taliban. Deflecting this reality is dishonest, and it’s not helpful to Biden politically.

On COVID-19, Biden said he’s done remarkably well. This is not in line with Biden’s claim that Trump was not fit for office after he had been responsible for 220,000 COVID-19 death. By this metric, Biden is now responsible for 400,000 COVID-19 deaths — the opposite of his promise to come in and “shut down” the virus.

Biden admitted in a rare admission that there were delays in getting his testing kits out. He didn’t mention that those delays were directly caused by his own staff. In October, testing experts recommended that Biden’s administration send COVID-19 test results to American households before the holidays. Biden’s staff rejected the idea. People across America waited in long lines to take part in the holiday tests. Biden expressed his confidence in the team.

Biden also denied that he was trying pull the country to the left. Biden’s most important legislative priority, the so called Build Back Better bill (or the Build Back Better bill), calls for increased federal government intervention in every stage of American society.

Worst, Biden refused to answer questions about his remarks that equated those who opposed his voting bills with past racists, even though he kept pushing for the charge. He then called into question whether the midterm elections would be legitimate if he fails to federalize election rules.

This story is again not complicated. During the COVID-19 epidemic, many states had to drastically change their voting rules. They allowed ballot harvesting, increased early voting, expanded mail in voting, and implemented drive-thru voting. Some states are now pulling out of some COVID-19 expansions. We need rules for voting. Liberal Democrats believe that looser rules are better for them. Republicans believe that tighter rules are better for them. The lines must be drawn somewhere, and it’s legitimate to debate them. However, it’s flat-out wrong for the president of the United States to pretend that racism is at the root of state resistance to wide-open federally imposed voting mechanisms.

The president’s race-card play is not only below the dignity of his office, but it’s another example of the amateur nature of his administration’s tactics. He needs the support from Democratic Sens. To pass his bills, he needs the support of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Who decided that calling them racists was a good strategy. This follows the earlier strategy of Biden’s team publicly calling into question Manchin’s honesty when he opposed Biden’s spending legislation. The White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain just days ago admitted this mistake, telling reporters “One lesson we learned in the first year is, I think, the less we talk about our negotiations with specific senators and congressmen, the better we are. So I’m going to say our talks with Sen. Manchin will proceed directly and privately.”

Is it a lesson learned to not publicly degrade your most valuable allies? These lessons are to be learned before running for the White House.

The most remarkable thing about the Biden news conference is how little Biden seems to understand about how bad things are. His popularity is in freefall. He’s polling at the lowest levels of his presidency. One recent poll by Politico found that 58% of people don’t think Biden is energetic. Fifty-seven percent don’t think he’s a strong leader. Worst, 49% believe Biden is not mentally fit. A full two-thirds (or more) of Americans believe that the country is not on the right track.

Biden’s troubles extend to his party as well. A Gallup poll found that more Americans support the Republican Party than the Democratic Party, according to a recent Gallup poll. 49% of respondents identified themselves as Democrats at the time Biden took office, compared to only 40% who identified themselves as Republicans. It was the largest lead Democrats had in the poll’s history. Today, it’s 47% describing themselves as Republicans and only 42% as Democrats. This is the largest lead for Republicans since 1991. In just one year, Democrats have lost their largest lead in history and, in turn, have suffered one of the largest deficits in their history. That’s hard to do.

Biden’s first news conference was an opportunity to reverse these troubling trends. American people are reasonable and have proven repeatedly that they can forgive mistakes. Biden could have won by apologizing for his mistakes and explaining how he will correct them. Biden chose instead to spin, obfuscate and deflect. The catastrophic nature of Biden’s mistakes, the amateurishness of his team and the apparent weakness of the president himself are now top of mind for many Americans. I would not vote for a Democrat on the 2022 ballot.


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