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Joe Biden’s Presidency Is Falling Apart

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the situation in Afghanistan, Monday, August 16, 2021 in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The wheels are coming off at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Joe Biden was behind the curve on the baby formula shortage. He’s in denial about inflation, despite a last-ditch effort to be seen as taking the issue seriously. He has accomplished just enough for the left to alienate independents but not enough to satisfy his base.

As a result, the latest Civiqs poll is devastating for Biden. He has just a 34 percent job approval rating to 55 percent who disapprove. The president is underwater with every age group and in 47 of 50 states. He is below 50 percent in every state, with Hawaii being his best at 49 percent. Biden barely manages plus-2 net approval with Hispanics as 43 percent of that crucial voting bloc disapproves.

If this holds until November, it is not good for the Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in both houses of Congress. Biden is at 31 percent approval in Arizona as 58 percent disapprove. He’s at 30 percent in Georgia, with 58 percent disapproving. The breakdown is 34 percent to 57 percent in Nevada, 37 percent to 53 percent in New Hampshire.

Those are the Senate battleground states deciding the majority in what is an evenly divided chamber under Democratic control thanks solely to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. The Democrats will need to win a large number of Biden disapprovers to win the competitive races that would keep them from falling back into the minority. It’s a tall order.

Democrats do hope to get a boost from guns and abortion. A series of mass shootings, especially the heartbreaking school massacre in Texas, has put gun control back on the public agenda. Roe v. Wade is expected to soon be overturned by the Supreme Court. But both of these issues also animate the other side. Consider that in 1994, when Biden helped pass the assault weapons ban, it cost Democrats seats in Congress. That same year, no pro-life incumbent in either party was defeated by a pro-choice challenger. 

It’s also the case that many liberal voters will see Biden and the Democrats as losers for being unable to deliver on guns or protect the Roe regime on abortion. Consider these tough words from Rep. Mondaire Jones, a left-wing Democrat from New York. “If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it,” he said at a congressional hearing. “If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand. We will not rest until we’ve taken weapons of war out of our communities.”

Does anyone believe the Democrats have the votes to accomplish any of these things? It will soon be evident to everyone, including their own base, that they don’t. Only so much electoral fearmongering can obscure the fact that Biden and his allies have overpromised but underdelivered. That will be a demoralizing reality.

Throughout Biden’s steady slide in the polls, his team could at least say they did not have the leaks or drama of former President Donald Trump’s tumultuous term. Even that is starting to come apart.

One remarkable report saw Democrats inside and outside the White House trading blame for their legislative inaction and perilous positioning ahead of November’s elections. Biden himself was said to be “unhappy about a pattern” in which West Wing aides take “a clear and succinct statement” by the president and “rush to explain that he actually meant something else.”

Biden was also described as “annoyed that he wasn’t alerted sooner about the baby formula shortage,” which is consistent with his public comments that he wasn’t briefed until April and did not have the same level of understanding of the severity of the problem as the executives he had convened at the White House in June to discuss it.

With the nontrivial exception of the vice president’s office, this White House has not previously been riven by finger-pointing and rumors of turnover even as the polls looked dismal. That is no longer the case. We have seen top staffers leave. It’s entirely possible there will be more, perhaps before the midterms. And people are already assigning blame — including, supposedly, the president.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre now regularly answers questions by saying she hasn’t talked to the president about various controversial issues or claiming to have not heard parts of his speeches.

While some still contest that the White House is adrift, Biden’s leadership is suspect. Trump called him “Sleepy Joe,” and the president does seem asleep at the switch.

Now a 1945 Contributing Editor, W. James Antle III is the Washington Examiner’s politics editor. He was previously managing editor of the Daily Caller, associate editor of the American Spectator, and senior writer for the American Conservative. He is the author of Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? You can follow home on Twitter: @Jimantle.

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W. James Antle III is the Washington Examiner's politics editor. He was previously managing editor of the Daily Caller, associate editor of the American Spectator, and senior writer for the American Conservative. He is the author of Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Error403

    June 2, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Biden is finished, kaput. Forget 2024 !!!!

    So is the US. FINISHED !
    Forget about expanding NATO & effecting regime change in Moscow.The only regime change will be in Washington when massive gang violence starts ruling the streets.

    • abraham lincoln

      June 4, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      Your comment proves that most Russians are incredibly dumb.

  2. Jim Higgins

    June 2, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    The real President of the USA is the one that controls Biden’s teleprompter. Biden couldn’t flush a toilet on his own.

    • Paul

      June 6, 2022 at 9:01 am

      The real President of the USA is the one that controls Trump’s teleprompter. Trump couldn’t flush a toilet on his own.

      See how empty your comments are?

  3. Eric

    June 2, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    W. James Antle III
    “senior writer for the American Conservative”
    I wonder if this author has any bias whatsoever.

  4. MN

    June 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    clearly no friend of mr. Biden…

  5. GhostTomahawk

    June 2, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Day what you want about Trump but, we knew who had the wheel in his hands. Can you say that about Joe Biden?

    And you elected him. That’s on you. WE knew Joe wasn’t up to this but YOU needed to have a likeable leader. Hope YOU like this. It’s on you Biden voters.

  6. Slack

    June 2, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Biden is going to pay for his errors.

    After whooshing into the oval office with major help from massive postal vote dumping and a big nod from deep state-wall street media nexus, biden began targeting russia instead of fixing problems at home.

    Biden has foolishly believed that war with russia in europe will usher in a golden age for democrat party and babylon. But he’s wrong.

    The current war in europe engineered by biden and sidekicks will eventually evolve into ww3. During ww1, poison gas was used by both sides to break the stalemate. This time, however, nukes will replace poison gas.

    Biden is finished. The destroyer of global peace is headed for the lake of fire.

    • abraham lincoln

      June 4, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      Did you pay to get this crazy? Because boy, you got your money’s worth.

  7. Francis Maikisch

    June 2, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    So much for experience in government. Biden is by far the worst president in my 58 years on this planet. Everything he touches turns to crap. Everything. Turns out a mediocre Senator makes a horrible president. But then again, I voted for the other guy.

    • Paul

      June 6, 2022 at 9:04 am

      Sorry, but the last guy sucked too. And the two before that sucked as well.

      If we were the Roman Empire, we would be in “Bad Emperor” phase.

  8. PAUL SAVER

    June 2, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    his team could at least say they did not have the leaks or drama of former President Donald Trump’s tumultuous term……. The DRAMA in Joe’s house is 3rd grade PITIFUL.

  9. Him

    June 2, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    At first, it seems phantasmagorical that around 30% still think Biden and the Democrats are wonderful. But this 30% is getting close to the rump of die-hard supporters who, as in any country, are the ones who will never shift their allegiance, even if they were to be transported to extermination camps. Of course I jest, but my point is, in every country there is that 20-30% who will continue to vote for their tribe because they hate the other side.

    I know numerous people like this who are tied to the Democrats with a simple explanation: that Democrats help the poor people, and that the Republicans think only of the rich.

    I have friends in my circle who tell me that Joe Biden is a “good man”. In response to that, when I showed them the New York Post articles, back in December 2021, of the Hunter Biden laptop where Hunter’s emails showed that the big guy gets 10% of the China takings – these Democrat friends of mine smile at me in sympathy thinking I am deluded. To get to this mindset, there has to be a kevlar-helmet mentality of fully trusting the Mainstream Media.

    For example, when around 50 highest-level security agency officers such as the FBI, CIA banded together to write a letter saying that the Hunter Biden laptop was “Russian disinformation” — these Democrat friends of mine, from their simple worldview of trusting the Mainstream Media, they see no reason to mistrust the Media. For them, it is indisputable that the Hunter Biden laptop was nonsense, simply because the New York Times told them so.

    Now that in 2022 the same NYT is admitting that the Hunter Biden laptop is legitimate evidence, even then their world is not spinning because this sort of information does not cross the radar screen, because it is not being emphasised by the Mainstream Media that they consume.

    That is why there will always be a 20-30% rump of people who just go with what their Mainstream Media tells them. In this respect, these Americans are no different to the Russians who believe their Russian Media who extol Putin as the hero. I know this from direct experience from talking to my Russian friend who lives in Russia. He is normal in every respect, and in spite of regularly visiting the West and reading Western Media, he was a massive fan of Putin because he thinks Putin makes Russia strong again.

    I do not see any solution to this. These friends of mine who just go along with Mainstream Media, some of them were educated at the highest level Ivy League universities in the United States, and others are highly qualified professionals. It’s just that some of them are very busy in their daily lives, and don’t have time to delve into anything that the Mainstream Media tells them is “conspiracy”. For these type of people, when the Mainstream tells them the Hunter Biden laptop is “conspiracy” – that is the end of the story for them.

    This is not going to change soon. These American Media followers, and the Russian Putin supporters – over thousands of years these type of people have been the vast masses of people subjected to powerful rulers.

    The only solution is what the New Testament Gospel talks about the “love of truth” that distinguishes between the misled-people and those people who can be saved.

    A person who has “love of the truth”, when they are presented with evidence that goes against their assumptions, it is “love of the truth” that makes them at least pause to consider it.

    Whereas a person who does not “love the truth”, all they care is if their team is winning.

    A person who “loves the truth” will consider evidence, even if it shows that their team was wrong.

    Being blindly-partisan is the opposite of “love of the truth”.

    Hence, a Russian troll, who supports Putin even when Putin forces Russia to attack a free sovereign nation, they do not love the truth. Similarly, the vast number of Americans, when they are presented with evidence of election fraud – but because their Media tells them it is “baseless” – these people who do not love the truth, they outright dismiss the evidence without spending time to examine and consider it.

    2nd Thessalonians 2:10-11, “because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false.”

    It is a principle in the Bible that those people who reject God, then God hands them over to the evil that they want. In contrast, the people who insult God by saying “If there was a god, he would stop evil”. That is not how God operates. The Bible principle is that God calls people to repent and stop their evil. But when evil people reject God, and insist on evil, he hands them over so that they can experience the consequences of their evil.

    It is like a loving-parent who tells a rebellious older child not to do something bad. But if the child rebels, then the loving-parent lets the child go, knowing that the experience of being damaged by their rebellion will either destroy the child, or cause the child to realise their stupidity and come back.

    In summary, there is a 20-30% of the population that will refuse to hear anything negative about their glorious ruler. It’s the same in the U.S. and Russia. These types of people in the U.S. are the ones thinking Biden is doing a great job.

    p/s I suspect those 20-30% who think Biden is doing a great job, they’re the Gretas of the world, who see everything in terms of whether it reduces carbon. So when Biden destroys the economy, decimates the supply chains so there’s no food for babies – those 20-30% evaluate everything in terms of whether it reduces carbon. So they upvote Biden because they approve of the carnage as an acceptable casualty in the battle to reduce carbon. That is how I think 20-30% can still cheer for Biden.

  10. David Chang

    June 2, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    God bless people in the world.

    Democratic studios teach people to murder with pencil,
    but Democrats don’t think the sale of pencil should be banned.

    Democrats teach people to murder unborn people,
    and teach people to hate guns, is like hating the police and soldiers in Vietnam War protests,
    But now they are inciting Ukrainian war.

    Democrats proclaim themselves holy in Civil War,
    they don’t confess sin to God, and repent.

    May God’s mercy on Democrats.

  11. HMark

    June 3, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Despite the polls, Biden can stay in office until 2024 to do as his handlers dictate. A President can do much to frustrate even a majority opposition Congress – he can continue to do nothing for some issues; he can impede (not necessarily stop) Congress by veto. Congress could impeach/remove Biden (not likely) then Harris can continue the Progressive agenda. Biden/Harris will be in office until 2024 unless they choose otherwise. The Constitution provides two options for legally changing a President – expiration of term and impeach/remove. Neither citizens nor States have any other recourse as some States do with their recall option available to citizens. The Constitution could remedy this with an Amendment to enable State legislatures to vote for recall. Details to be defined by Constitutional Convention. For the present, we endure time until 2024 to choose again.

  12. Johnny Cake

    June 4, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    How can you claim to be a nonpartisan publication and post this tripe?

  13. Paul

    June 6, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Partisan guy writes a partisan article.

    Such basic low-hanging fruit for the already indoctrinated. Next time just write “my side good, other side bad” in crayon and save everyone some time.

  14. Donald Link

    June 8, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    I remember the Carter years very well. At least the decline was slow enough that we could almost deal with it, Desert 1 excepted. Biden and his handlers started from day one to dismantle both the economy and foreign policy. Quite a feat and will probably rank him among historians as between James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson. At least in Johnson’s case, congress attempted to impeach him. Too bad they used spurious grounds instead of what he was really guilty of.

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