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April 20, 2022

Joe Biden’s Delusions of Adequacy

He says he’s running for reelection in 2024 — and he’s serious.

A recent poll truly shocked hard-left New York Times columnist and inveterate race-baiter Charles Blow. Truly, it shocked him. But don’t take our word for it:

A recent poll truly shocked me. Quinnipiac University found that President Biden’s approval rating had sunk to just 33 percent. You might argue that this was just one poll, but Biden’s approval is down in multiple surveys. As CNN’s Harry Enten pointed out Friday, there were four major national polls released last week, and in three of them — including Quinnipiac — Biden had the lowest showing of his presidency. In the fourth, he was “one point off the lowest.”

As Blow sums it up, “These are just devastating results on the heels of a historic Supreme Court confirmation and only seven months out from the midterms.”

They’re devastating results all right, and deservedly so. Frankly, we’re shocked that Blow is shocked. Has he been watching some other dumpster fire of a presidency? As for the lack of a Supreme Court “bounce,” perhaps no one told him that the only thing “historic” about Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation is that she became the first justice ever nominated purely on the basis of her skin color. Folks don’t tend to respond favorably to events that are seen as both purely political and racially divisive.

Speaking of divisiveness, Blow couldn’t help but chum the waters with a couple of his favorite canards: “All this taken together — in addition to voter suppression and racial and political gerrymandering — may prove hugely problematic for Democrats and for the administration, unless they can turn things around before Election Day. If not, we could well be looking forward to a Biden blood bath.”

Biden blood bath does have a nice ring to it, and his polling numbers have been on a downward ratchet for some time. That’s because he’s been found out. He’s been exposed. He’s not the steady, seasoned anti-Trump antidote that so many folks were conned into voting for. Even his media bodyguards are starting to wonder what they’ve gotten themselves into.

“Biden was beloved by the liberal media throughout his campaign and largely through the first year of his presidency,” writes columnist Michael Lee. “Corporate news organizations downplayed his gaffes, ignored his scandals and fawned over anything positive he was able to accomplish. But lately, as Biden’s approval rating shrinks and Democrats panic about the looming midterm election, liberals have started to turn on the unpopular president.”

Even NBC’s Chuck Todd is starting to kvetch about the many graybeards leading the Democrats. “We don’t want to chase folks out,” he said. “At the same time, you know, I do understand why there’s some cynicism. The Democratic Party right now, its entire leadership structure, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin … both over the age of 70. All three leaders in the house, 70 or 80. The president of the United States. Kamala Harris is the youngest basically of the elected leadership and nobody else. She’s the only one under 70.”

All this makes Joe Biden’s recently reported comment to Barack Obama — that he’s running again in 2024 — even more remarkable. Apparently, he’s serious, and not merely posturing to avoid being a lame duck just 15 months into his first term. His reason for running again? He thinks he’s the only Democrat who can beat Donald Trump. But a recent Harvard-Harris poll has Trump beating Biden by a comfortable six points, and we haven’t even hit the Biden recession yet.

What’s more, Biden, at 79, is already the oldest-ever American president. Can anyone imagine him at 86, which is how old he’d be at the end of a second term? These are not delusions of grandeur; they’re delusions of adequacy.

To recap: Biden is polling at 33%, Trump whips him in a rematch by six points, and yet he wants to run again. No wonder Barack Obama has a splitting headache.

Updated to include Charles Blow’s fears of a midterm wipeout and Chuck Todd’s concerns about the age of leading Democrats.

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