Joe Biden was set up to fail

The Democratic president is a flawed politician in an impossible job

1/16/2022 3:49:00 PM

Tempting as it always is to bash the politician, however, Joe Biden’s shortcomings are only a marginal reason for his unpopularity

The Democratic president is a flawed politician in an impossible job

.“Covid is the worst it’s been and the government is doing basically nothing about it,” said Lydia, speaking from Philadelphia. “We’re not even employing the good parts of Donald Trump, if there were any,” said Desiree, in Atlanta. “I don’t know what kind of powers Biden has,” offered Sara, another Georgian, “but I feel like he should be doing a lot more.” Asked to grade the president, the group, which had been convened remotely by Sarah Longwell, a conservative activist, gave him four Cs, three Ds and an F. And it was not a hostile crowd. All the group’s members were Biden voters, and none regretted their vote. Indeed, if asked to support the president again in 2024, all said glumly, they probably would do.

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Yep! It is a set up. There's no past tense in all this. And Joe's just a little part. The entire Democratic party is ineffective and out of sync. There is no second party, and like China and Russia, there is opposition in name only. So sick of commentary from all media, including When some a staunch backer as The Economist recognizes this, it only means one thing: you´re in real problems Brandon

Or Biden is just a liar and that's why he isn't doing anything. His corporate donors don't want any of the change that he promised his voters. Quite the victim after 50 years of experience. American biggest terrorist country Did you just call Biden a failure Are you suggesting that Joe was destined to fail? That he had no control over his actions? That his failure for example to re-engage Iran to increase oil supply & keep prices low isn't his fault? The fates made him fail? Joe's apologists are more pathetic than him.

‘We’re not seeing results’: Biden supporters ‘apoplectic’ one year into presidencyBiden supporters ‘apoplectic’ one year into his presidency Not exactly his fault y'all have him a tied Senate FFS. Not seen the Dow Jones? Or unemployment figures? He did pass Infrastructure and has appointed a record ammount of judges. Everyone knows this is on Sinema and Manchin. Nice try with the doom and gloom, but most Biden suppoerters are not stupid.

The Biden administration has failed its Covid testWhen Omicron emerged, the White House missed chance after chance to limit infections – despite claiming to ‘follow the science’ Two years into this crisis and a year into Biden’s presidency, we seem to be even worse off than we were under Trump in the most lethal metric: more deaths are taking place under the Democrat than occurred under his predecessor. No, the Biden administration hasn’t and this article has failed the fair journalism test. Don’t make me regret my subscription The Biden admin is incompetent. And We the People are dying because of it.

Biden is considering signing executive action on police reformPresident Biden is planning executive actions on police reform for later this month, in an effort revive his agenda that bypasses the logjams of Congress. ‘Stalled’? More like ‘DOA’

ABC News presenter in fiery clash with Joe Rogan over Covid vaccineAussie news host Josh Szeps was proved right during an intense exchange with powerful podcaster Joe Rogan over the American's wild claims about covid vaccines. To become exposed to infection and ... good for him. Rogan is a stoner, he has very funny stoner tales, he likes conspiracies b/c they make for trippy conversations at 2 in the morning on COVID he’s an idiot who’s got lost up his own…rabbit hole

Joe Biden’s first year: Covid, climate, the economy, racial justice and democracyHow has the president fared on the four big issues he outlined at his inauguration – and the one he couldn’t ignore This article effectively erases the vulnerable, much like the Biden Administration’s incessant messaging effort of perpetual self-congratulations on achieving the perception of a recovered economy (at the expense of our health/safety and actually recovering the economy) Bravo 🇺🇸

He lives on £112m yacht and is pals with Tiger Woods.. meet Spurs owner Joe LewisJOE LEWIS owns Tottenham Hotspur, but you’ve probably hardly ever seen him. The East End-born self-made billionaire rarely visits the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to cheer on Harry Kane and Co,… And grew up above a pub in Bethnal Green 🙌🏽 and so would i if i had his money . No thanks...

Android . “Covid is the worst it’s been and the government is doing basically nothing about it,” said Lydia, speaking from Philadelphia. “We’re not even employing the good parts of Donald Trump, if there were any,” said Desiree, in Atlanta. “I don’t know what kind of powers Biden has,” offered Sara, another Georgian, “but I feel like he should be doing a lot more.” Asked to grade the president, the group, which had been convened remotely by Sarah Longwell, a conservative activist, gave him four Cs, three Ds and an F. And it was not a hostile crowd. All the group’s members were Biden voters, and none regretted their vote. Indeed, if asked to support the president again in 2024, all said glumly, they probably would do. With friends like these, Mr Biden might ask, who needs a multitude of voters convinced that he is a senile election-stealing socialist? Anyway, he has them. After a year of being informed by conservative bigmouths that the president has dementia, most Republicans believe this to be the case. Together, these disenchanted Democrats and deluded Trump voters have made Mr Biden almost the most unpopular president since records began. A mere 42% of Americans approve of his efforts. Only Mr Trump, on 39% at the same point in his term, was rated worse. To explain this debacle, most commentators have focused on Mr Biden’s weaknesses. Prolix and error-prone, at once too cautious and too changeable, the 79-year-old rarely set Democratic hearts racing even before he aged, as in recent years he noticeably has. The modesty of his talents was so obvious on the campaign trail that it seemed almost like a perverse selling-point—supporting evidence for his promise to restore low-key normalcy to the government. But with his predecessor out of the picture, for now, that promise appears less compelling. And Americans find themselves being led through tumultuous times by their least charismatic and politically able president since George H.W. Bush. Tempting as it always is to bash the politician, however, Mr Biden’s shortcomings are only a marginal reason for his unpopularity. The main one is the dismal reality that half the electorate was against him from the get-go. This is a relatively new phenomenon. Mr Trump was the first modern president not to have been backed by a significant minority of his opponent’s supporters early in his term. By contrast, the fact that Mr Biden started out with an approval rate two percentage points higher than his share of the popular vote looked like an achievement. But relentless criticism and disinformation from the right soon reversed that. According to modelling by The Economist , which correlates historical presidential approval ratings with measures of partisanship, a generic president could be expected to have an approval rating of 46% at this point in his first term. The resurgence of covid-19 and related economic glitches have made that slippage even more unavoidable. Notwithstanding the economy’s overall vigour, an alternative polling model, which correlates presidential approval with inflation and unemployment, also puts the generic president on 46%. That Mr Biden’s ratings are even lower than the models predict is probably largely due to the virus itself. Though most of the focus-group participants understood that he has limited power to crack down on the anti-mask, anti-vax mob that have exacerbated America’s covid struggles, most blamed him for not doing so anyway. “If you don’t have someone in charge, there isn’t any control,” said one participant. This analysis is not to ignore Mr Biden’s mistakes. The debacle in Afghanistan, which helped propel his slide, was a howler. The administration underplayed its achievement in muscling through a trillion-dollar infrastructure upgrade and overestimated its ability to pass additional climate and social spending. It also allowed that package to become defined by its cost, not its contents, and ultimately made a hash of getting it past the mercurial Senator Joe Manchin. Yet the likelihood that a more inspiring president, who made none of those errors, would be almost as unpopular as Mr Biden is, suggests that their importance has been exaggerated. It follows that Mr Biden’s ability to recover his footing looks limited, notwithstanding a modest improvement in his efforts of late. He has given a few good speeches, including a well-judged jab at his predecessor on the anniversary of the Capitol riot and some remarks on the economic recovery that dwelt sensibly on price rises. Nonetheless, the administration’s hopes of winning back disenchanted Biden voters—the only sort he probably has a fighting chance with—appear naive. Such disaffected Democrats tend to be relatively young, disengaged and unlikely to consume mainstream media. Only one of the focus group’s members watched cable news; the rest got their facts from social media, where the president’s addresses make little splash. In addition, some in the group displayed such an exaggerated view of presidential power that Mr Biden’s modest expression of empathy and implied admission of failure on inflation seemed destined to leave them cold. Failure is the only option This is another new way in which presidents are set up to fail. In response to misleading media coverage and congressional gridlock, many voters, especially on the left, have come to imagine the office possessing “superman powers”—at once awesome and non-existent—says Jeremi Suri, a scholar of the presidency. Burdened by such expectations, it is becoming hard to imagine any mortal making a success of it, let alone the clay-footed Mr Biden. Even if inflation and the virus recede much faster than expected, a mid-terms shellacking for his party looks highly probable. ■