A poll taken earlier this month shows that voters believe job No. 1 for President Joe Biden is to vacate his office. His replacement, of course, would be the vice president whose approval rating is so low it hardly registers. Take a bow, voters. This is the mess that America has become.
When 1,000 voters were asked what is “the single most important goal for Biden over the next year,” the top answer at 20% was “resign/retire/quit.” That answer was almost twice as popular as the No. 2 response, “economy/jobs,” which logged in at 11%. These are the unsurprising-to-many findings of a Suffolk University-USA Today poll taken over three days last week.
“Nearly half of those surveyed, 46%, say Biden has done a worse job as president than they expected, including 16% of those who voted for him. Independents, by 7-1 (44%-6%), say he’s done worse, not better, than they expected,” says USA Today, which didn’t bother to include in its report that voters want Biden to leave, but did admit there’s a “gloomy landscape” ahead for Democrats in next year’s midterms.
No one should be puzzled by the poll’s results. Americans are weary of Biden’s inflation, his border crisis and unforced foreign policy errors, a supply chain and a COVID promise that have both been broken, his failed energy policies, his undermining of policing and law and order across the country, his divisiveness and hard-left swerve, his “woke” military, a shaky economy, and his vaccine mandate, to name but a handful of his more notable failures.
Count us as being among those who wish to see Biden leave the White House as soon as possible. But his replacement would be no better. There’s a reason Vice President Kamala Harris has an approval rating of 28, 10 points lower than the approval rating of her boss, the man Americans want to be rid of.
“She’s not good enough, she’s not smart enough, and gosh darn it, people just don’t like her,” says Instapundit Glenn Reynolds, summarizing how much of the country feels about Harris by paraphrasing a fictional “Saturday Night Live” (created by a comedian turned Democratic crank).
Harris’ problem, says The Hill’s Joe Concha, is that she has been practically invisible. And Reynolds adds, she “was never liked much to begin with” and was not a true 2020 presidential candidate. She polled “lower than even Andrew Yang in her home state of California in December 2019,” which prompted her to drop out before the primaries.
So how about a package deal, in which Biden and Harris quit at the same time? But that leaves the country with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as president. The option is horrifying.
Unfortunately, this is the poison pill presidential line of succession that more than half of voters dropped on the country a year ago.
The official count says more than 81 million Americans voted for the Biden-Harris ticket. No other presidential pair has ever piled up that many ballots. Of course the hard-line Democrats would have voted for Biden under any circumstances. But quite a few voters, including independents and wavering Republicans, were manipulated.
For instance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg “gave $419 million of his own money that he dumped into nonprofits that put money in local election offices,” says Fox News’ Hillary Vaughn, which raised “a red flag, because a review of where the money went, it helped turn out the vote for President Biden in 2020.”
“This has some lawmakers on Capitol Hill asking some questions,” she continued. “Sen. Rand Paul, asked: Did Zuckerberg buy the election?”
Mollie Hemingway, columnist and author of “Rigged,” a book about how the election was seized by leftist operatives, believes the Zuckerberg money was “used by Democrat activists to infiltrate local election operations and take over jobs government workers were supposed to do,” writes the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin.
But that’s just one example of the ruling class’ moneyed efforts to dump Donald Trump. Earlier in the year, days after Biden was sworn in, Time published a long expose on “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” implying, no, directly claiming, that subverting the election process was a patriotic act.
Opinions and observations vary, however.
“So the election wasn’t rigged. There was only a secret cabal of powerful elites and corporate interests that worked together to overhaul election laws, influence media coverage, and convince big tech to crush dissent,” tweeted Daily Caller contributor Greg Price.
Jonathan Tobin, editor in chief of the Jewish News Syndicate, condemned the “underhanded methods” of the shadow campaign, which were “made all the more galling by the preening self-righteousness of those who deployed them.”
“Although the article treats the actions taken by this ‘Shadow Campaign’ as necessary steps toward saving our democracy, a more objective reader of events might make the case that our democracy was actually trampled underfoot,” wrote Epoch Times contributor Jeff Carlson.
Even the author of the Time article framed the enterprise as a “conspiracy.”
In keeping with our ruling/expert/protected class’ miserable record of wrecking things but never having to deal with the aftermath, it botched an election that should have been left to the voters. The sooner these people, including Biden, Harris, Pelosi, and all the aspiring tyrants of the Democratic Party, lose the power they’ve consolidated like a banana republic jefe, the better off this country will be.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board