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The Real Biden Presidency Emerges

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Below is part of an article in Politico that deals with Joe Biden and his Administration:

After a lot of happy talk over the past half-year, the real Biden presidency has emerged. It is not a colossus bestriding the political universe, rather a middling administration, at best, that will have trouble imposing its will even on its own party in Congress.

Biden was always fundamentally a default president, elected in opposition to Donald Trump and initially buoyed by the contrast to his outlandish predecessor, who ended his time in office in the worst manner possible.

Now, he’s lost his foil in Trump, who is still issuing harsh and thunderous press releases, but isn’t driving every news cycle or occasioning mass protests against him in the streets.

The best case for Biden was that he could ride in the slipstream of good economic growth and a receding pandemic, beaten back by the vaccines that began to be administered before Biden took office. Instead, the labor market is still rocky and the Delta variant has surged, leading to headlines about overstretched health care systems that most people assumed that we’d left behind in the spring of 2020.

With his honeymoon gone, with Trump less of a factor, with economic conditions and the state of the virus not as favorable as expected, Biden had been stripped down to a more natural level of support and sliding in the polls since around June.

Then, he made the first major, historic decision of his presidency, and completely botched it. Biden has tried to deflect responsibility for his exit from Afghanistan onto Trump and his execrable deal with the Taliban. Yet, the decision to quit when he did and how he did was all on Biden.

He hasn’t shown a hint of doubt or regret. The notion of leaving Afghanistan is popular in theory; the way Biden did it is radioactive in practice. The White House may tell itself that Biden’s decision will come to seem farsighted, and its possible that the harmful political effect will wear off over time. BUT:

Leaving Americans behind in a foreign country after an enemy of the United States swept to power and chased us out with our tails between our legs, though, is not likely to be forgotten, certainly not in 2022 or 2024, if ever.

The prime directive for any president is, to the extent possible, to seem in control. Biden failed this test repeatedly during the evacuation crisis. Events moved faster than he did and his rationales for what was happening had to be constantly revised, until he settled on the explanation that it is impossible to end any war in good order.
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The most notable feature of the resulting Biden drop in the polls that has him underwater in both the RealClearPolitics and 538 polling averages is his awful standing among independents. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News, he was at 36 percent approval among independents (and 44 percent overall). A new Economist/YouGov poll has him at 35 percent among independents (and 43 percent overall).



The article goes on to discuss the razor thin margin that he has in the Senate and only slightly better in the House, and not everybody is on-board with his high-spending proposals. On their side, the moderates want less while the progressives want more, and each side is saying they won't support anything that doesn't give them want they want. Lowry (the author) says that Joe Manchin is telling people that will only support $1.5 tril out of the $3.5 tril that Biden and the progressives want. So, will the dems pass anything at all, even through reconciliation where they only need 51 votes? And hw will that affect Biden's presidency, where nobody is happy on their side or ours either.

And no mention was made of the disaster on the southern border, with so many people coming into the US, some of whom are infected with COVID or are undesirables, maybe even terrorists. Off-hand, I can't think of much of anything that the Left can point to and say well, he's doing a good job at that. And the guy has no energy, he looks really old and tired, and can't get through some days without calling a timeout. A lot of people are thinking that he ain't the one calling the shots in the WH, cuz he's just not up to it. At least sometimes, anyway. Lowry says the Biden Administration is middling, but I'm not sure it's even that good.
 
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Biden's $$3.5 Trillion Dollar$$ "infrastructure" bill is in reality an Epic Democrat Looting Spree.
They did the same thing when Clinton was first elected and he had a Dem House and Senate and then again when Barry the Magnificent had a Dem House and Senate when he was first elected.
Left Wing economics is based on lying, stealing and the enslavement of the taxpayers.
The Democrat Cult is greedy and totally corrupt.
 

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Excellent article!
 

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Republicans winning the House and Senate in 2022 is at an emergency statue to prevent the Democrat Crime Syndicate from continuing their destruction of our country.
 

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This is the Presidency that most Trump supporters expected to evolve. Biden is stupid, corrupt, petty, untruthful and has no leadership ability. He was destined to be a dogshit President.

Harris is even worse and will be called upon after Biden is ejected
 

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Off-hand, I can't think of much of anything that the Left can point to and say well, he's doing a good job at that.
Stock market is doing great. Adding tons of jobs. Economic growth is very positive. People's bank accounts are healthier.
 
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Harris is even worse and will be called upon after Biden is ejected
I don't think Harris will actually be much different from Biden, she's not going to get anything more done in the Congress than him, maybe even less. But the really good news is that if Harris becomes the prez then that means the VP office is vacant, and THAT means the dems will not have the tie-breaking vote in the Senate unless some fuckwad RINO votes with them.

Tying back to my OP, I don't see a Harris Administration as any different in terms of effectiveness. Middling at best.
 

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I don't think Harris will actually be much different from Biden, she's not going to get anything more done in the Congress than him, maybe even less. But the really good news is that if Harris becomes the prez then that means the VP office is vacant, and THAT means the dems will not have the tie-breaking vote in the Senate unless some fuckwad RINO votes with them.

Tying back to my OP, I don't see a Harris Administration as any different in terms of effectiveness. Middling at best.
Someone will immediately be nominated to be VP when Biden resigns for health reasons.
 
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Someone will immediately be nominated to be VP when Biden resigns for health reasons.

Sure, but that person has to be confirmed by a majority vote in the House and the Senate, and once Harris becomes the prez she will not be the tie-breaking vote on anything. So, if the vote is 50-50 to confirm Harris' nominee to be the VP, then he/she will not be confirmed and will not be the next VP. So, until someone is confirmed the democrats don't really have a majority to do as they please through reconciliation.
 
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Sure, but that person has to be confirmed by a majority vote in the House and the Senate, and once Harris becomes the prez she will not be the tie-breaking vote on anything. So, if the vote is 50-50 to confirm Harris' nominee to be the VP, then he/she will not be confirmed and will not be the next VP. So, until someone is confirmed the democrats don't really have a majority to do as they please through reconciliation.
Now I see what you're saying.
 

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Stock market is doing great. Adding tons of jobs. Economic growth is very positive. People's bank accounts are healthier.


Adding "tons of jobs"? Where? Jobs that were destroyed by shutting the economy and coming back are not adding anything.
 

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I don't think Harris will actually be much different from Biden, she's not going to get anything more done in the Congress than him, maybe even less. But the really good news is that if Harris becomes the prez then that means the VP office is vacant, and THAT means the dems will not have the tie-breaking vote in the Senate unless some fuckwad RINO votes with them.

Tying back to my OP, I don't see a Harris Administration as any different in terms of effectiveness. Middling at best.


They'll play the sob story depending on how Biden exits the Oval Office. Hoping for a bump from the American people.

Look at how that worked for LBJ and all the Great Society crap he instituted in the aftermath of the JFK assassination. The American people will give Harris (or whoever) a grace period.

In fact, LBJ was a worse POTUS than Carter, or Obama, or Biden. He gave us so much bad, topping it off with the Vietnam War. It got so bad that LBJ had to drop out of the 1968 election. Too late!
 

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Biden expressed optimism yesterday as the top two Democrats in Congress seemed to leave the door open Wednesday to ultimately reducing the $3.5 trillion price tag of President Joe Biden’s plan to boost social and environment programs.

The A.P. reports, "The leaders seemed to suggest what many lawmakers and analysts have long predicted and progressives fear — satisfying moderates may well require shrinking the measure, perhaps by hundreds of billions of dollars. They spoke as 13 House committees have begun writing pieces of the bill, an initial step leaders hope to complete by next week."

Asked if he would back a less costly measure, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, “We’re going to all come together to get something big done. And second, it’s our intention to have every part of the Biden plan in a big and robust way.”

The emerging, massive legislation is a cornerstone of Biden’s domestic agenda that would direct much of the government’s fiscal might at helping families and combating climate change. Democrats hope to finance much of it by increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations, another sore point for moderates.

The irony is, seemingly violating common sense, Biden's approval rating is dropping dramatically.

No one, not American intelligence, not the Pentagon, no one foresaw the sudden collapse of the Afghan army, an army trained and equipped by the U.S. over the past twenty years. Sure, there are voices now, but not before the withdrawal of our troops. Monday morning quarterbacking does not count, and, yet, despite the most successful evacuation in American history, Americans are blaming Biden for the chaos caused by the sudden surrender of the Afghan army. It almost as though Americans thought that a withdrawal after 20 years of war combined with a massive evacuation would be a walk in the park. They blame Biden because it wasn't.

The sudden surge of the pandemic is being blamed on the delta variant. 95% of the dramatic increase in hospitalizations and deaths is among the unvaccinated. States with the highest number of unvaccinated citizens are Republican-led states. Who do Americans blame? Answer: Democratic President Biden.

The jobs report for August was disappointing, only 235,000. There is little doubt the relatively low number was caused by delta surge among the unvaccinated. The total job creation in the first seven months of the Biden administration is nearly double any prior first-year President. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 310,000, a pandemic low.

Biden is also being blamed for his managing of the economy.

Perhaps it is time to cut our President some slack.
 

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Adding "tons of jobs"? Where? Jobs that were destroyed by shutting the economy and coming back are not adding anything.
It’s adding to the number of people employed when Trump was president.

People being employed is a good thing.
 

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Adding "tons of jobs"? Where? Jobs that were destroyed by shutting the economy and coming back are not adding anything.
That is a ludicrous statement. Adding hundreds of thousands of jobs in the first eight months of the Biden Presidency is adding hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Once again, a Trump Republican is attempting to deny reality.
 

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That is a ludicrous statement. Adding hundreds of thousands of jobs in the first eight months of the Biden Presidency is adding hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Once again, a Trump Republican is attempting to deny reality.
We still aren't back to where employment and the economy were before the shutdown. That means we're still playing catch-up.
 

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