Seen on Twitter: “My goodness gracious. The @nytimes is all in on tossing Biden overboard. Two days in a row.”
According to recent polls, Joe “I am the Democratic Party” Biden’s popularity with the American people has cratered to the low 30’s. Civiqs has Biden polling at 30%, and the most recent New York Times/Siena College poll has him at 33%.
It’s extraordinary that a Democrat president—i.e. one coddled by and gushed over by the leftwing and legacy media—is seeing such numbers. But you have to give credit where it is due, and Biden and his horrific team have been working hard to cripple America and thrust her citizens back into the dark ages. They have to break a few million eggs to make that fantasy green energy omelet, after all.
After scrambling for months to save Biden from himself, the New York Times has apparently thrown up its hands and admitted defeat. They long ago lost their ability to shape public opinion, and they can’t change the economic reality on the ground for Americans. So it’s time to put old Slow Joe the Unpopular out to pasture.
On Saturday, the NY Times Captain Obvious division published a piece noting that Biden is old. And doddering. And confused.
From @peterbakernyt of @NYTimes, a leading @WhiteHouse correspondent and presidential historian, who reports on the advanced age of the incumbent @POTUS and describes him as “generally a five- or five-and-a-half-day-a-week president.”https://t.co/8ZLAp9afWR
— James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) July 9, 2022
“…some aides quietly watch out for [Biden]. He often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.” https://t.co/1ogd35eO1N
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) July 9, 2022
Just a year and a half into his first term, Mr. Biden is already more than a year older than Ronald Reagan was at the end of two terms. If he mounts another campaign in 2024, Mr. Biden would be asking the country to elect a leader who would be 86 at the end of his tenure, testing the outer boundaries of age and the presidency. Polls show many Americans consider Mr. Biden too old, and some Democratic strategists do not think he should run again.
. . . . And as Mr. Biden insists he plans to run for a second term, his age has increasingly become an uncomfortable issue for him, his team and his party.
. . . . But [“more than a dozen current and former senior officials and advisers”] acknowledged Mr. Biden looks older than just a few years ago, a political liability that cannot be solved by traditional White House stratagems like staff shake-ups or new communications plans. His energy level, while impressive for a man of his age, is not what it was, and some aides quietly watch out for him. He often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.
Although White House officials insist they make no special accommodations the way Reagan’s team did, privately they try to guard Mr. Biden’s weekends in Delaware as much as possible. He is generally a five- or five-and-a-half-day-a-week president, although he is called at any hour regardless of the day as needed. He stays out of public view at night and has taken part in fewer than half as many news conferences or interviews as recent predecessors.
. . . . Questions about Mr. Biden’s fitness have nonetheless taken a toll on his public standing. In a June survey by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll, 64 percent of voters believed he was showing that he is too old to be president, including 60 percent of respondents 65 or older.
Mr. Biden’s public appearances have fueled that perception. His speeches can be flat and listless. He sometimes loses his train of thought, has trouble summoning names or appears momentarily confused. More than once, he has promoted Vice President Kamala Harris, calling her “President Harris.” Mr. Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, stumbles over words like “kleptocracy.” He has said Iranian when he meant Ukrainian and several times called Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, “John,” confusing him with the late Republican senator of that name from Virginia.
Due to Biden’s “limitations” and White House staff concerns, Biden’s team is doing their best to keep him in his 2020 presidential campaign bunker, only dragging him out when it’s absolutely necessary.
The NY Times continues:
The White House seems equally determined to guard Mr. Biden against unscripted interactions with the news media. He has held just 16 news conferences since taking office, less than half as many as Mr. Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush had by this stage and less than a third as many as Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, a longtime scholar of presidential media strategy.
Likewise, Mr. Biden has given just 38 interviews, far fewer than Mr. Trump (116), Mr. Obama (198), the younger Mr. Bush (71), Mr. Clinton (75) and the older Mr. Bush (86). Mr. Biden has been more accessible taking a few questions informally after a speech or other event, which he has done 290 times, compared with 213 by Mr. Trump and 64 by Mr. Obama.
This isn't an Examination. It's a warning shot. https://t.co/hfKyjy6OaY
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 9, 2022
This is bad enough, but the NY Times wasn’t done rushing Biden out of the White House and off the national stage. They followed up with a devastating piece about Biden’s own party rejecting him: “Most Democrats Don’t Want Biden in 2024, New Poll Shows” (archive link).
The piece begins:
President Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.
Widespread concerns about the economy and inflation have helped turn the national mood decidedly dark, both on Mr. Biden and the trajectory of the nation. More than three-quarters of registered voters see the United States moving in the wrong direction, a pervasive sense of pessimism that spans every corner of the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs and rural areas, as well as both political parties.
. . . . For Mr. Biden, that bleak national outlook has pushed his job approval rating to a perilously low point. Republican opposition is predictably overwhelming, but more than two-thirds of independents also now disapprove of the president’s performance, and nearly half disapprove strongly. Among fellow Democrats his approval rating stands at 70 percent, a relatively low figure for a president, especially heading into the 2022 midterms when Mr. Biden needs to rally Democrats to the polls to maintain control of Congress.
In a sign of deep vulnerability and of unease among what is supposed to be his political base, only 26 percent of Democratic voters said the party should renominate him in 2024.
And again, the NY Times hammers the doddering Biden for his age and “verbal flubs.”
In saying they wanted a different nominee in 2024, Democrats cited a variety of reasons, with the most in an open-ended question citing his age (33 percent), followed closely by unhappiness with how he is doing the job. About one in eight Democrats just said that they wanted someone new, and one in 10 said he was not progressive enough. Smaller fractions expressed doubts about his ability to win and his mental acuity.
. . . . John Waldron, a 69-year-old registered Republican and retired machinist in Schenectady, N.Y., voted for Mr. Biden in 2020. Today, he said, he regrets it and plans to vote Republican in 2024. “I thought he was going to do something for this country, but now he’s doing nothing,” Mr. Waldron said.
Like others, he expressed worries about Mr. Biden’s age and verbal flubs. On Friday, a clip of Mr. Biden at an event announcing an executive order on abortion went viral when he stumbled into saying “terminate the presidency” instead of “pregnancy,” for instance.
“You ever see him on TV?” Mr. Waldron said, comparing the president to zombies. “That’s what he looks like.”
Biden’s popularity nose-dive, as reported by the NY Times regarding their own poll, is astonishing. He’s lost ground everywhere with everyone regardless of party, race, gender, age, socio-economic status. Name a demographic, any demographic, and Biden is losing their support.
The backlash against Mr. Biden and desire to move in a new direction were particularly acute among younger voters. In the survey, 94 percent of Democrats under the age of 30 said they would prefer a different presidential nominee.
. . . . When Mr. Biden won in 2020, he made a point of trying to make inroads among working-class white voters who had abandoned the Democratic Party in droves in the Trump era. But whatever crossover appeal Mr. Biden once had appears diminished. His job approval rating among white voters without college degrees was a stark 20 percent.
. . . . Mr. Biden’s base, in 2020 and now, remains Black voters. They delivered the president a 62 percent job-approval rating — higher marks than any other race or ethnicity, age group or education level. But even among that constituency, there are serious signs of weakening. On the question of renominating Mr. Biden in 2024, slightly more Black Democratic voters said they wanted a different candidate than said they preferred Mr. Biden.
“Anybody could be doing a better job than what they’re doing right now,” said Clifton Heard, a 44-year-old maintenance specialist in Foley, Ala.
An independent, he said he voted for Mr. Biden in 2020 but is disillusioned over the state of the economy and the spiraling price of gas, and is now reconsidering Mr. Trump.
Democratic strategist James Carville’s “It’s the economy, stupid” resonates today just as much as it did in the early ’90s. Perhaps more so.
Most important issue, NYT poll
State of democracy/political division 11%
Gun policies 10%
— Bill Scher (@billscher) July 11, 2022
From the NYTimes poll:
The NY Times continues:
Jobs and the economy were the most important problem facing the country according to 20 percent of voters, with inflation and the cost of living (15 percent) close behind as prices are rising at the fastest rate in a generation. One in 10 voters named the state of American democracy and political division as the most pressing issue, about the same share who named gun policies, after several high-profile mass shootings.
More than 75 percent of voters in the poll said the economy was “extremely important” to them. And yet only 1 percent rated economic conditions as excellent. Among those who are typically working age — voters 18 to 64 years old — only 6 percent said the economy was good or excellent, while 93 percent rated it poor or only fair.
The White House has tried to trumpet strong job growth, including on Friday when Mr. Biden declared that he had overseen “the fastest and strongest jobs recovery in American history.” But the Times/Siena poll showed a vast disconnect between those boasts, and the strength of some economic indicators, and the financial reality that most Americans feel they are confronting.
— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) July 11, 2022
Democrats and their media cheerleaders like the NY Times may toss Biden overboard, and happily would do so today if they had a viable replacement, but they’ll keep the policies that are the root of the problems crippling our nation’s institutions, economy, energy sector, and national security. They are like rats fleeing one sinking ship for another and then wondering why they can’t stay afloat.DONATE
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