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‘Finish The Job’ Sounds More Like A Threat Than A Promise

Now that Joe Biden has announced his plans to run for reelection, the question that must be weighing on the minds of Democratic Party officials is “Can he possibly win without COVID?”

They must know that without the pandemic, Biden had no chance of defeating Donald Trump in 2020. When he announced his candidacy exactly four years ago, the economy was booming and optimism was rising. Trump’s approval rating was edging upward. The only reason he had for running, he said, was because Trump was a racist.

Then COVID happened. And it let the already enfeebled Biden avoid a grueling national campaign. It let him pin every death on Trump. It gave him the chance to promise something bold.

Now, four years later, Biden is far more mentally and physically incapacitated and he can’t hide out in his basement. His reason for being reelected – “to finish the job” – sounds more like a threat than a promise.

Biden’s record is so unimpressive that the White House website manages to scrape together only a handful of “accomplishments” – the first of which is a flat-out lie: “Lowering the costs of families’ everyday expenses.”

An honest accounting of Biden’s first term in office would include this list of “accomplishments”:

  • Added $3 trillion to the national debt … so far.
  • Boosted long-term deficits by $5.45 trillion.
  • Set off an inflationary spiral.
  • Caused real wages to fall.
  • Encouraged 4.4 million to drop out of the labor force.
  • Left Americans and weapons behind after a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • Evacuated four U.S. embassies.
  • Sparked a U.S. military recruiting crisis.
  • Weakened U.S. standing abroad.
  • Created a self-imposed energy crisis.
  • Repeatedly exceeded executive authority.
  • Massively increased government dependency.
  • Unleashed an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis.

There’s more: A recent AP poll found that 74% of the public thinks the country is headed in the wrong direction, which is higher than it was during most of the COVID lockdowns in 2020. Just 30% think the economy is doing well, down from 46% a year ago, and down from 67% just before COVID.

Biden is so unpopular that 73% of the public doesn’t want him to run again – including 52% of Democrats! Even the leftist corporate media seems less willing to cover for his many failings these days.

So how does Biden campaign for reelection? He has little to brag about that the public will believe. Every time he is out in public on the campaign trail, he risks exposing just how frail he’s become. Every time he answers a reporter’s question he increases the odds that he will say something catastrophically stupid.

Perhaps Biden thinks he can hide out in his basement again and keep shouting “MAGA extremists!” Maybe he figures that the press will do his campaigning for him (which is a safe bet). Perhaps he and his inner circle hope another pandemic will come along to rescue him.

Biden’s best chance, in our view, is that Republicans do what they do best: blow a golden opportunity. Just like they did in the 2022 midterms.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • While it’s unthinkable that Ronald McBiden can run and win, we said the same thing in 2020 .. and look at what happened. The GOP is notorious for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and they’re likely to hold to that pattern in 2024.

    Polling suggests that, even though a majority of Dems don’t want Biden to run, most will hold their noses and vote for him anyway. I haven’t seen anything similar for GOP voters and Trump, but I kinda think the same is true for them. God knows, I don’t relish the idea of Trump running, but will vote for him if the alternative is another 4 years of Biden and his band of incompetents.

  • Is the remarkable sacking of Tucker Carlson the first shot in the Demorats’ attempt to fraudulently acquire tenancy of the White House in 2024?

  • Reviewing the list of “accomplishments” gives one pause to reflect. The extent to which foreign adversaries have convinced Americans to undermine their own country by exploiting its materialistic and ungodly facets will stun future historians. They will marvel at the speed and comprehensiveness of the decline. The main goals of subversion are obvious: the destruction of the family unit, the provoking of a race war, the undermining of military capacity and the deliberate elevation of historical ignorance to the level of virtue. This is going to be resolved only after appalling suffering – to the point that the general population recognizes that adversaries execute 60, even 100 year plans, most of which has been accomplished through an extraordinarily corrupt political system. This amazing Republic is being brought low by the exploitation of its key weaknesses – pernicious materialism and the concomitant devaluation of virtue. Yes, they will come for your guns, but first they come for your mind.

  • The facts mean nothing, and the polls are meaningless. Those who can control and manipulate ballot-processing and vote-counting determine the winners and losers. The Federal Reserve controls the Money Supply, and the Democrat party controls the Vote Supply. Simple as that.

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