Joe Biden

The lesson from the rejection of Neera Tanden

Featured image The failure of Neera Tanden’s nomination has led to charges that she is a victim of the cancel culture conservatives deplore. Nonsense. Tanden hasn’t been de-platformed. She’s free to go Twitter and indulge in all the name-calling she wants. No one is trying to injure Tanden’s ability to make a living. She’s free to take a high-paying job at some woke corporation or well-endowed think tank. Rejection for a top »

Squaring the illegals circle

Featured image As the Biden administration invites waves of illegal immigrants to come on up from points south, it has to square a few circles. One of them is the public health dimension of the influx. Politico reported a story yesterday that bears on the public health dimension of the invasion: “White House: Biden not considering sharing Covid vaccine with Mexico.” Think about it. Something’s gotta give. In the video below, Jill »

Trump’s coronavirus response

Featured image Byron York reassesses Donald Trump’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus. His points will be familiar to faithful readers of Power Line. Indeed, his reassessment is essentially the same as our initial assessment. There are two aspects to Trump’s response. They are: (1) attempts to limit the virus’ spread, pre-vaccine and (2) attempts to develop and deploy vaccines. Clearly, Trump deserves very high marks on the latter aspect. As Byron writes: »

“What Am I Doing Here?”

Featured image We would all like to know the answer to that question, Joe. Biden’s dementia proceeds apace: “What am I doing here? I’m going to lose track here.” — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 27, 2021 I assume that Biden is not serving as president in any meaningful sense. Normally, he would have delivered an address to a joint session of Congress by this time, like past presidents. But he »

Uncle Joe stares into the future

Featured image The gentleman from Madame Tussauds emerged from storage yesterday to read remarks celebrating 50 million COVID-19 vaccinations. Whoever prepared the text is seeking to exploit the ignorance of Biden supporters and others who may devote 23 minutes of their lives to taking it in (text here, video below). The lords of Amazon have put me in mind of Joseph Stalin this morning. I see Biden in this light. He is »

The Shame of Joe Biden

Featured image Politicians are not, in general, renowned for honesty. Spin is universal and exaggeration goes with the territory. But actual lying–verifiable, damnable lying about an important public issue–is relatively uncommon. Unless we are talking about Joe Biden. During the campaign, Biden absurdly alleged that President Trump had mishandled the COVID epidemic, and therefore had murdered the several hundred thousand Americans who allegedly died from that disease. The theory was that if »

Biden on China: Sturdy resistance or mush?

Featured image George Will writes that Joe Biden “is keeping his promise of sturdy resistance to China.” But Will cites only weak evidence for that proposition. Will points to a “sandpapery” first conversation between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi. He also notes that Blinken warned Yang that Washington would hold Beijing “accountable” (whatever that means) for its human rights abuses against the Uighurs. In addition, Will »

Half a mind to be president

Featured image Sky News Australia’s Cory Bernardi takes up the question of the cognitive capacity of the gentleman from Madame Tussauds. He doesn’t appear to be firing on all cylinders. Even operating with diminished capacity, however, he was the best candidate the Democrats had to offer this side of Bernie Sanders. My own motto for the Biden campaign was “He’s got a half a mind to be president.” With Biden you get »

New coronavirus cases plummet in U.S. and the UK

Featured image The number of new coronavirus cases is in steep decline, both in the U.S. and the UK. Here at home, the number of new reported cases per day is below 100,000 — down from almost three times that many early in the year. The daily number of new cases is about what it was in mid-to-late October, before the weather got cold. (All numbers cited are from Worldometer.) Unfortunately, the »

Forget it, Joe

Featured image During the CNN town hall in Milwaukee earlier this week, the gentleman from Madame Tussauds gave a short discourse on China and human rights. Referring to his telephone call with China President Xi Jinping, President Biden explained (my transcription, video below): Chinese leaders — if you know anything about Chinese history — the time when China has been victimized by the outside world is when they haven’t been unified at »

How gone is he?

Featured image President Biden claimed during his CNN town hall in Wisconsin on Tuesday that his administration came into office with no coronavirus vaccines available. Zachary Evans gives this helpful straight news account for NR (also published here at Yahoo! News): Biden received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 21, and the second dose in January. While discussing the issue of vaccine supply during the town hall, Biden initially »

Democrats rely on myth to defend their unwillingness to compromise

Featured image Joe Biden and the Democrats plan to go it alone on stimulus legislation in response to the Wuhan coronavirus. Apparently, they will not compromise in order to pick up Republican support. There’s nothing wrong with that. The Dems have a majority in the House and the functional equivalent of one in the Senate. They can do whatever they want on stimulus, thanks to the miracle of “budget reconciliation.” What Biden »

Nevertheless, Xi persisted

Featured image Dominic Green’s Spectator USA column “Nevertheless, Xi persisted” is certainly the column of the day and perhaps the month. The eminent historian and journalist who wrote it has no fear of cancelation, yet he dares to say this out loud: The Biden administration can do no wrong in the media’s eyes, unless it’s on matters of racial or gender “equity.” Even then, no one complained that the first recipients of »

Biden owes the Capitol police an apology

Featured image Following the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Joe Biden had this to say about the police force that, at a great personal cost, prevented the rioters from completely overrunning the building and injuring members of Congress, as well as the U.S. Vice President: Not only did we see the failure to protect one of the three branches of our government, we also saw a clear failure to carry out »

Biden speaks

Featured image President Biden turned up at the Pentagon yesterday for some purpose or other, perhaps to make the remarks to Defense Department personnel in the video below (about 10 minutes). The White House has posted the text of Biden’s remarks here. With a vacant look in his eyes, Biden observes: “Before I begin, I have some welcome news that the Saudi government has released a prominent human rights activist, Loujain al-Hathlou »

Biden’s border crisis heightens risk of terrorism

Featured image Last night, I discussed how Joe Biden’s immigration policies are creating a crisis at the border. Even the Washington Post admits it. According to the Post, the new surge at our southern border carries the prospect of death from the Wuhan coronavirus. The Post reports that one area into which illegal immigrants are flooding has more than 100,000 cases of the virus. The invasion of illegal immigrants carries another deadly »

The Biden family business

Featured image Joe Biden is a corrupt politician of the old-fashioned variety. He has no fixed convictions about anything. That’s why he has been on both sides of so many important issues. Biden has never been in the business of accumulating power in service of a policy agenda. He has always been in the business of accumulating power to feed his ego and enrich the Biden family. There’s nothing awful about this. »