Joe Biden's Brain Can't Stop, Won't Stop Breaking

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Why can’t Joe Biden remember the names of his cabinet members? That’s certainly a relevant question, given he’s supposed to be the President of the United States, capable of performing the duties as the leader of the free world. Knowing the names of his highest-level subordinates would seem to be part of the job, in my opinion.

Yet, Biden continually forgets the names of people we are assured he routinely interacts with while serving as president. That happened again today, just one of many examples of his mind failing him in public.

What’s concerning about this is that it paints a picture of a man who is clearly not in charge of his own administration. If Biden were strategizing and creating policy with these agency heads the way he’s supposed to on a weekly basis, he wouldn’t be forgetting their names seven months into his administration. Given that, who’s really in charge here? It certainly feels like everyone is doing their own thing, while Biden’s mental capacity slowly slips away.

By comparison, can you remember one time Donald Trump just forgot the name of a cabinet member? I’m struggling to think of an example.

Yesterday, Biden lost his train of thought during a speech on the Afghanistan War ending. In the process, he paused for six seconds and appeared to have a mini-seizure, and I’m only exaggerating a little bit.

What’s odd is that Biden seems to be in public more now than he was in the past. It’s almost as if his handlers have gotten comfortable with the fact that the media are never going to call out the president’s very visible, very concerning downward trend. People are noticing, though. You can’t watch him and think “this guy is healthy.” If you do, you are deluding yourself.

The forgetfulness, the long pauses, the slurred speech, and even Biden’s physical appearance all point to a guy who is breaking down. It’s probably a good time to re-up those bets on whether he’ll finish out his term. I’m starting to think that the plan is to get him through the 2022 midterms. If he resigns sooner, it would only hurt Democrats further in an already uphill election for them. So, we’ve got a few more years yet with the crypt-keeper. Whether the country can survive that in any real sense is the cardinal question.