Let’s just be honest here, Joe Biden physically stumbling while boarding Air Force One last week was the least of his worries. His administration is having trouble getting its footing, and we were promised that this was the most capable group ever assembled and ready to rock n roll.
If last week is any indication, this country is about ready to stumble much worse than Joe did — and it won’t be as funny.
The Biden administration had their first sit-down meeting with the Chinese in Alaska last week, and in the words of my colleague here at Red State, Shipwreckedcrew, the Biden team was eviscerated. What that means, of course, is that Team America was taken to the woodshed.
The Biden experts were supposed to establish that they would not be a pushover like Trump claimed in last year’s election, and they pretty much proved Trump correct. Each side was to get a 2-minute opening statement that United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, of course, abided by. Yet when Chinese Communist Party Foreign Affairs Chief Yang Jiechi took the mic, a diatribe ensued for almost 15 minutes, that pretty much accused the United States of anything bad known to man. Here is just a sample from Shipwrecked’s Substack post…
So we believe that it is important for the United States to change its own image and to stop advancing its own democracy in the rest of the world. Many people within the United States actually have little confidence in the democracy of the United States….
And on some regional issues, I think the problem is that the United States has exercised long-arm jurisdiction and suppression and overstretched the national security through the use of force or financial hegemony….
And with Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan, they are an inalienable part of China’s territory. China is firmly opposed to U.S. interference in China’s internal affairs….
On human rights, we hope that the United States will do better on human rights. China has made steady progress in human rights, and the fact is that there are many problems within the United States regarding human rights…. And the challenges facing the United States in human rights are deep-seated. They did not just emerge over the past four years, such as Black Lives Matter. It did not come up only recently.
This was not just a couple of people back here in the states noticing this verbal whooping either. The Aussies took notice over at Sky News Australia, and it was not pretty there. ‘Weak’ Biden suffers ‘tremendous diplomatic humiliation’
When your country is running with the human rights record that China is and has the cojones to say any other country is the problem, that is bad. When your appointed representatives just sit there and take it, you know Beijing was pleased and we took a knee.
Next up was the endless communication disconnect on what in the hell is going on down at the border. The kids at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, led by Jen “I’ll circle back to you” Psaki, were reassuring us all was hunky-dory at the U.S.-Mexico line. Well, the Director of Homeland Security had a tad bit of a different assessment last week. From Fox News…
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday said that the U.S. is on track to encounter more migrants than it has in the last 20 years, as he defended the administration’s approach to a border surge that he described as “difficult” — but again fell short of calling it a crisis.
“The situation at the southwest border is difficult,” Mayorkas said in a lengthy statement. “We are working around the clock to manage it and we will continue to do so. That is our job. We are making progress and we are executing on our plan. It will take time and we will not waver in our commitment to succeed.”
He had to step that original statement back this weekend, when he did what all good political appointees do — he blamed the previous administration. How we are experiencing the largest surge in 20 years (his own words), and the previous group let everyone know to NOT COME unless it was legal, is baffling. Yet, we are once again experiencing a crisis at our southern border for some of the most innocent souls to be used as pawns, and this is all of the Biden administration’s making.
The last thing on the Biden peeps’ bad week was the ever-so-saintly Dr. Fauci appeared before a committee with Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky on it and double masking came up. If you are not keeping up with this from home, Rand is not really for this, and Dr. Fauci is all about theatre.
My colleague Brandon Morse covered that right here with Rand Paul Backs Fauci Against a Wall After Eviscerating Him on His COVID-19 Double Mask Theater:
“You’re telling everybody to wear a mask, whether they’ve had an infection or a vaccine. What I’m saying is that they have immunity, and everybody agrees they have immunity,” Paul said. “What studies do you have that people that have had the vaccine or have had the infection or the vaccine are spreading the infection? If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”
Fauci, no stranger to Paul ripping away his curtain, became visibly frustrated and fired back at Paul.
“No, it’s not — here we go again with the theater. Let’s get down to the facts,” Fauci responded.
Fauci pointed to the studies Paul quoted, noting that the authors “specifically say, ‘this does not necessarily pertain to the actual protection, it’s in-vitro.” He did agree with Paul that those who were infected have six months of immunity, but not against varying strains of the virus. Fauci said that the variants are an “entirely different ballgame” and that’s why we still need to wear masks.
Paul wasn’t having it, though, and pressed Fauci to name the study that showed significant reinfection or death after natural infection or the vaccine.
“It doesn’t exist,” said Paul. “There is no evidence that there is significant reinfection after the vaccine.”
Politics is the theatre of the not attractive, and when one elected official calls out an appointed official who has been caught spitballing one too many times, the irony is as thick as a McDonald Shamrock Shake. Which, after this post, I’m craving.
While I have no idea what will happen this week, I know that if this past week was any indication from all these pros of the Obama and Clinton years, my country is in for more trouble and embarrassment.
Biden does have a solo press conference set for Thursday, March 25th and that will be a hoot. I truly don’t expect anything crazy to come out of that, as long as the lobster bib does not come off Hunter’s Dad. He won’t be running up or down some stairs, so expect the press to lavish him with praise for just showing up.
However, you never know.