Joe Biden

For Biden, the only good pipeline is a Putin pipeline

Featured image Joe Biden has withdrawn U.S. support for a pipeline project designed to deliver Israeli natural gas to Europe. Biden thereby reverses a decision made by the Trump administration. The Biden administration tried to justify the reversal of U.S. policy on the basis of its interest in “renewable energy.” But the obvious effect of the decision is to strengthen the stranglehold Russia has on Europe’s energy supply. In this regard, it’s »

A senile phantasmagoria

Featured image Yesterday President Biden held a rare press conference to observe the first anniversary of his tenure in office. I assess Biden’s press conference yesterday the worst ever — the worst presidential press conference, that is. The White House has posted the transcript here. I have embedded the C-SPAN video below. He went on for nearly two hours. The longer it went, the worse he got. He defamed Republicans. He defamed »

Biden invites Russian incursion into Ukraine

Featured image During Joe Biden’s lengthy press conference today, the subject of a possible Russian military action against Ukraine came up. Asked what his response to such an action would be, Biden said Russia would be “held accountable,” a meaningless phrase. He added that our response will depend on the scope of a Russian invasion: I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades, »

Clueless Joe Biden says it may not be so

Featured image The man who could not be named as the perpetrator of the terrorist seizure of Congregation Beth Israel is Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national. I took it from the audio recording of the services he interrupted that he is a native of Pakistan. I believe that to be the case, although I don’t find it reported in the stories on the incident. Clueless Joe Biden appears to have »

A presidential speech that rivals Biden’s for worst in modern history

Featured image Yesterday, in a post about Joe Biden’s historically bad speech in Georgia, I invited history-minded readers to tell me about a president’s speech worse than Biden’s. Professor Andrew Busch has cited one for me. Andrew Busch is Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. He reached back to 1948 to find a case of a president rivaling Biden for vitriol and demagoguery. Andy writes: »

Quotations from Dementia Joe, cont’d

Featured image President Biden is bringing his first year in office to a conclusion, not with a bang, but with a big bang of whimpers. This past week of failures has put an exclamation point on the big bang, magnified by Biden’s monumentally bad speech in Atlanta followed by the belly flop on “voting rights” and the Senate filibuster. Congratulations of some kind are in order. In the category of Quotations From »

Worst presidential speech in modern history?

Featured image Has any president in the last 50 years delivered a worse speech than Joe Biden did yesterday in Georgia? The only one that comes immediately to my mind is Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” address of 1979. But impolitic as it was, at least that speech contained a kernel of truth. I invite the distinguished presidential scholars among our readers and my co-bloggers to point to a speech worse than Biden’s. How »

McConnell fact-checks Biden

Featured image Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks yesterday on the Senate floor regarding President Biden’s speech in Atlanta the day before. In part, McConnell fact-checks Biden. In part, he criticizes the sense and sensibility of Biden’s remarks. I think McConnell’s speech is as good or better than any of the columns I have seen exposing the disgusting demagogy and outrageous falsehoods of Biden’s speech. McConnell’s staff emailed the »

Joe Biden, Civil Rights Warrior?

Featured image Joe Biden is a chameleon who, even when he was in possession of his faculties, probably didn’t believe in much of anything. Now, going with the flow, he has become a “woke” warrior who tries to portray himself as a civil rights activist, which he never was. Biden has repeatedly claimed in speeches to have been arrested in the cause of civil rights, once supposedly when he was trying to »

Biden’s hustle

Featured image In his Temperance Address of 1842, Abraham Lincoln reflected on how to win friends and influence people: When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a “drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince »

Joe Biden fails his own test for evaluating the pandemic response

Featured image When Joe Biden ran for president, he blamed Donald Trump for the high number of deaths in the U.S. attributed to the Wuhan coronavirus. He also claimed that U.S. deaths per capita were abnormally high compared to those elsewhere in comparable parts of the world. That claim was false. As I showed at the time, per capita U.S. deaths from the virus here were in line with those in the »


Featured image Rasmussen has polled a re-run of the 2020 election, with startling results: A new Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the election were held today, just 40% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote to reelect Biden, while 46% would vote for Trump. Another 10% would choose some other candidate in a Biden-Trump rematch. *** Among voters not affiliated with either major party…Trump would »

China’s cyber-aggression and the U.S. capitalists who abet it

Featured image The New York Times reports on Red China’s “digital manhunt“: The Chinese government, which has built an extensive digital infrastructure and security apparatus to control dissent on its own platforms, is going to even greater lengths to extend its internet dragnet to unmask and silence those who criticize the country on Twitter, Facebook and other international social media. These new investigations, targeting sites blocked inside China, are relying on sophisticated »

The year of living “scandal free”

Featured image Jonathan Turley relegates his analysis of the allegedly “scandal free” Biden administration of the past year to his personal site. He puts it this way in his heading: “The Media Celebrates a Year of Free From Political Scandal and Press Scrutiny.” Professor Turley dryly tees up his assessment of the media celebration: There is ample reason for the White House and many in the media to celebrate the lack of »

Sticking with last year’s predictions

Featured image At the end of last year I formulated predictions for 2021 in the spirit of George Eliot’s narrator in Middlemarch: “Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.” I think it likely that the evils of 2022 will exceed those of 2021. For the moment, I’m sticking with my 2021 predictions for the coming year. • Political betting markets will set the over-under on Biden’s tenure in the »

Biden’s Approval Ratings Are Inflated

Featured image There has been a lot of publicity around Joe Biden’s poor approval ratings, but I think his actual standing with the electorate is worse than they indicate. Take, for example, the Rasmussen survey, which I think is valuable because 1) unlike other polls, it samples likely voters, and 2) it polls constantly, publishing a three-day rolling average. Thus, whether the numbers are “right” or not, they are a good indicator »

Biden on Covid: It’s not my job

Featured image President Biden held a virtual meeting with the National Governors Association yesterday. The White House has posted the transcript here. Running for office last year, Biden held himself out as the man with a plan to defeat Covid-19. Students of ancient history may recall that he vowed “to shut down the virus.” (A true student of ancient history, Victor Davis Hanson has more on this point here.) In the words »