Bad Trajectories: Can Joe Biden Turn the 2024 Election Around?

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To say things aren't looking good for Team Biden in 2024 is to say that the retreat of Napoleon's army from Russia was a "tad uncomfortable." Old Joe's approval ratings are cratering, and it seems each new day brings some new flub, flounder, or outright dementia-laden rambling. Joe Biden, to be perfectly blunt, never was all that bright to begin with. His first presidential campaign collapsed after a plagiarism scandal. He doesn't seem to have learned from that, though, as even today, he just makes up stories that are laughably easy to disprove. He and his whole family are credibly accused of influence-peddling, taking money from foreign powers — some of them not friendly to the U.S. (China) — and laundering it through a host of shell corporations.

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And he's seeking re-election — or at least, his handlers say he is. It's not looking good at this early stage in the game. But Politico thinks the Biden 2024 campaign can yet turn things around. My take: Oh, please.

2024 will be an extraordinary election, and it demands extraordinary measures.

That’s in part for reasons Biden refuses to accept: his capacity to do the job. The oldest president in history when he first took the oath, Biden will not be able to govern and campaign in the manner of previous incumbents. He simply does not have the capacity to do it, and his staff doesn’t trust him to even try, as they make clear by blocking him from the press. Biden’s bid will give new meaning to a Rose Garden campaign, and it requires accommodation to that unavoidable fact of life.

Moreover, and on this Biden would agree, this election will be exceptional because of the threat Trump poses. The former president is an exiled strongman who’s taken over a traditional political party and is attempting to reclaim office to consolidate power and punish his enemies with little regard for the Constitution. Just ask him.

Before we go on, let's take a hard look at that last paragraph. This is, of course, the purest sort of stuff one finds at the south end of a northbound bull. It seems a knee-jerk reaction to claim that Donald Trump poses some "threat." His presence seems to hover over Democrats like some great predatory bird, posing a series of "threats" to "our Democracy," even though when he was in office, none of the dire circumstances Democrats predicted ever came to pass — oh, yes, they got exercised over President Trump's perfectly constitutional nomination of three Supreme Court justices, who have arguably changed the face of the court. But I'd ask the Democrats in general and Politico in particular one question: What is former President Trump, should he be elected, claiming he will do to "consolidate power and punish his enemies with little regard for the Constitution?" Where are they getting this? What has Trump himself said he'd do that fits this criteria?

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Deport people who are in the country illegally? That's the law. The president is the head of the executive branch, which is tasked with enforcing the law.

Advocate for laws to ensure open and fair elections? He honestly can't do much there without Congress, but how is that not a laudable goal?

Newbuster's Tim Graham observes:

Biden's Justice Department has indicted Trump and more than 1,100 Trump supporters who came to the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Somehow, this isn't defined as "punishing enemies."

Here, once again, we see one of the leftist rules of order: "It's only bad when Republicans do it."

Anyway. Back to President Biden. This is a man, his dementia and incompetence aside, who can't even imagine a threat to the country greater than climate change.

President Biden is now pushing to release another few pallets of cash to Iran, even as that vicious theocracy sponsors terror groups that are actively attacking U.S. troops. Biden's own people have to keep him on a tight leash, lest he inadvertently say what people around him actually think. But yeah, Joe, let's go with that. The voters already certainly appreciate $4/gallon gasoline and skyrocketing home heating bills, so why not double down?

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Incidentally, look at Jill Biden's expression in this photo:

That's not an expression that betrays a lot of confidence in the guy at the mic. She's waiting — probably hoping against — another trademark Joe Biden spillage of bunkum.

At this point, it's hard to see Joe Biden (or the person behind him, who is arguably Edith Wilson to Joe's Woodrow) salvaging the 2024 campaign, Politico's outpouring of hope-iness aside. National Democrats are hammering him over this befuddled Middle East policy, where he is apparently trying to stick to the middle of the road, which is famously populated by yellow stripes and dead skunks; every time he speaks in public, his mental and physical disintegration becomes more and more apparent. And that's leaving out his corruption problems, likewise becoming more and more apparent.

One thing is clear; I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The only hope the Democrats have of keeping the Oval Office in Democrat hands is to dump Joe Biden and his execrable understudy, forthwith. And, yes, Politico's editorial staff are kidding themselves.

Let's hope they don't figure that out in time.

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