Is ‘Operation Dump Joe’ Back On?

Last fall we noted a number of news features in the mainstream media such as the New York Times gingerly noting Biden’s “age issue.” But then his hopped-up performance at the State of the Union speech in March (I think we now can intuit what happened to Hunter’s White House stash) seemed to put to rest the senility problem.

But it has come back with a vengeance. The Wall Street Journal today has the most brutal take yet on the failing mind of Biden in “Behind Closed Doors, Biden Shows Signs of Slipping.” Here’s the opening:

When President Biden met with congressional leaders in the West Wing in January to negotiate a Ukraine funding deal, he spoke so softly at times that some participants struggled to hear him, according to five people familiar with the meeting. He read from notes to make obvious points, paused for extended periods and sometimes closed his eyes for so long that some in the room wondered whether he had tuned out.

In a February one-on-one chat in the Oval Office with House Speaker Mike Johnson, the president said a recent policy change by his administration that jeopardizes some big energy projects was just a study, according to six people told at the time about what Johnson said had happened. Johnson worried the president’s memory had slipped about the details of his own policy.

Last year, when Biden was negotiating with House Republicans to lift the debt ceiling, his demeanor and command of the details seemed to shift from one day to the next, according to then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and two others familiar with the talks. On some days, he had loose and spontaneous exchanges with Republicans, and on others he mumbled and appeared to rely on notes.

“I used to meet with him when he was vice president. I’d go to his house,” McCarthy said in an interview. “He’s not the same person.”

But more interesting than these details is the extent to which the White House attempted to do damage control on this story as the Journal went about reporting it:

This article is based on interviews with more than 45 people over several months. The interviews were with Republicans and Democrats who either participated in meetings with Biden or were briefed on them contemporaneously. . .

The White House kept close tabs on some of The Wall Street Journal’s interviews with Democratic lawmakers. After the offices of several Democrats shared with the White House either a recording of an interview or details about what was asked, some of those lawmakers spoke to the Journal a second time and once again emphasized Biden’s strengths.

“They just, you know, said that I should give you a call back,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, referring to the White House.

Does this sound like a White House confident in the state of things?

Chaser—from Politico:

Joe Biden’s worries grow as Hunter Biden’s trial begins

Over the past few weeks, President Joe Biden has grown consumed by worries over the trial of Hunter Biden. He’s called family members more regularly to check on his son’s mood. The topic of the criminal case dominated the family gatherings in Delaware over the weekend. And when the trial opened on Monday, Biden issued a personal statement offering his support for his son, noting that he was a father in addition to the president.

Maybe the dots will be connected soon, and Biden will drop out of the election, so he can spend more time on family matters.

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