Joe Biden

Baker versus Noonan

Featured image Susan Baker read Peggy Noonan’s recent Wall Street Journal column so that you don’t have to. Baker took issue with Noonan in a letter to the editor published yesterday. It’s hard to nail Noonan down in the column, but Baker bites on Noonan’s set-up: Peggy Noonan starts out decrying Joe Biden as “too old and infirm” to be president and Donald Trump as “too crazy” (“2024: A Certain Fatalism Sets »

Why the debates are on (if they are on)

Featured image Donald Trump challenged Joe Biden to debate a while ago. Biden has now seized the initiative and offered to debate Trump. Biden challenged Trump by means of a video that obnoxiously alludes to the lawfare against Trump, as though Biden is an innocent bystander. Biden is a real tough guy. “Make my day, pal,” Biden says on what must be the tenth take of the line spliced into the final »

The Debates Are On?

Featured image Donald Trump and Joe Biden have agreed to two in-person debates. The first will be on CNN on June 27, the second on ABC on September 10. The link goes to CNN, which says there will be no studio audience. The rules that Trump and Biden have agreed to will exclude all minor-party candidates, with the possible exception of Robert Kennedy, although as I read the report, his chances of »

Quotations from Chairman Joe

Featured image In an interview with Yahoo Finance yesterday President Biden claimed yet again that inflation stood at 9 percent when he took office: “I think inflation has gone slightly up. It was at 9 percent when I came in and it’s now down around 3 percent.” Washington Post Fact Check artiste Glenn Kessler wanders around Biden’s iterations of this falsehood with astounding verbosity. The verbosity delays his assignment of Four Pinocchios »

Noem Versus Nidal

Featured image South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a possible VP choice, continues to take heat for gunning down a vicious canine. That invites a look at Vice President Biden’s response to a mass shooting of American soldiers by U.S. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who billed himself as a “soldier of Allah.” On November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Maj. Hasan yelled “Allahu akbar” and blasted away with two handguns. He shot »

The Nine-Percent Solution

Featured image In his interview with Erin Burnett for CNN, President Biden most notably announced his betrayal of Israel the day after proclaiming his “ironclad” support. We had seen it coming. It wasn’t a surprise. It was obviously top of what is left of his mind. He also unleashed a series of whoppers that suggest he is lost in a senescent fog. The editors of the New York Post tabulate and itemize »

Signer of the Times

Featured image Joe Biden has been called as a waxworks effigy of a president, sock puppet, bobblehead and so forth. Those descriptions are all valid, but there’s a better way to view the Delaware Democrat now occupying the White House. Consider the experience of the composite character president David Garrow charted in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. During Obama’s eulogy of Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013, South African interpreter »

The Biden betrayal

Featured image President Biden publicly acknowledged his betrayal of Israel’s anticipated offensive in Rafah in an interview with Erin Burnett on CNN. The CNN story on the interview is here. As a practical matter, Biden supports Hamas. Biden opposes Israel. Biden’s declaration of “ironclad” support for Israel is “inoperative,” to borrow a term from Watergate. On Tuesday Biden gave a Holocaust remembrance speech decrying those calling for “the annihilation of Israel, the »

Biden indicts himself

Featured image President Biden chose to revise and extend his mealymouthed comments on anti-Semitism with a 1600-word speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony yesterday. The White House has posted the text of his remarks here. The speech seems to me late and wanting. Revisiting the history of the Holocaust, Biden referred to “the perils of indifference, the complicity of silence in the face of evil that »

Xenojoebic

Featured image You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants. We look to – the reason – look, think about it – why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they’re xenophobic. They don’t want immigrants. That was Joe Biden at a May 1 fundraiser. White »

Biden Picks the Winners

Featured image Joe Biden’s 19 recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom include “Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi,” and as the Delaware Democrat explains: Nancy Pelosi served as the 52nd Speaker of the House and has represented San Francisco in Congress for more than 36 years. A staunch defender of democracy, she has shaped legislative agendas and Democratic priorities for decades. As Joshua Muravchik noted in “Pelosi’s Favorite Stalinist,” Pelosi once “took to the »

When it’s better you say nothing at all

Featured image President Biden read a perfunctory statement yesterday addressing “recent events on college campuses.” That’s how the statement referred to the calls for intifada revolution and the occupation of university quads by mobs supporting Hamas. The brief statement ran to fewer than 500 words. It would have been better if it had been zero. This is how it began, according to the White House transcript: Before I head to North Carolina, »

Weekend at Biden’s

Featured image Who is Sasha Stone and why is she saying these things about Joe Biden? You can look her up online to try to get a handle on her. She is saying these things because she has seen President Biden’s public performances in recent days. Stone doesn’t invoke Weekend At Bernie’s as a metaphor, as I do in “Dead man walking,” but she assesses his recent recent public performances to arrive »

US Set to Regress From Modernity

Featured image Liberals denounce Donald Trump as a would-be tyrant, but the fact is that he ruled less by executive order than any other recent president. It is Joe Biden who has discarded the Constitution and imposed a blizzard of illegal or probably-illegal regulations on the rest of us. Lately, they have been coming so furiously that it is hard to keep up with them. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board caught »

Today’s Horserace Snapshot. . . [With Comment by John]

Featured image A few days ago, in “State of the Race,” I passed along the latest Bloomberg poll showing Trump surging back into a significant lead over Biden. Today it is CNN’s turn: Trump’s support in the poll among registered voters holds steady at 49% in a head-to-head matchup against Biden, the same as in CNN’s last national poll on the race in January, while Biden’s stands at 43%, not significantly different »

Dead man walking

Featured image Hugh Gallagher explored what he called FDR’s Splendid Deception in his 1985 book of that title. In the title Gallagher was referring to FDR’s concealment of the polio-related paralysis that struck him in 1921. Gallagher was also a polio victim who understood the pain underlying Roosevelt’s efforts. Researching the book, Gallagher found that among the 35,000 photographs of Roosevelt at his presidential library, only two featured him in his wheelchair. »

Half a mind to be president

Featured image I have set the over/under on President Biden’s mental capacity at 40 percent. He has half a mind to be president. Yesterday he read the instruction inserted in the text of his remarks to “Pause” for the crowd to take up the chant of “Four more years.” The White House has posted the transcript of Biden’s remarks to North America’s Building Trades Union National Legislative Conference here. However, Biden’s reading »