If the polls are any indication, it appears that the Democrats’ midterm game plan has not worked. The plan, in essence, stems from this: Relying on the stupidity of American voters, I hope they will believe what the Democrats tell them and not believe their lying eyes.
Regarding crime, in response to a question, President Biden said, “I think it is [a] real importance [issue] And I think we have a great record on that” — even as crime rates are on the rise in the big cities that Democrats run.
In a recent debate over New York’s governor, Lee Zelden, the Republican challenger, said current Gov. Cathy Hochhol “has not talked about imprisoning anyone who commits any crimes.” Hochul replied, “I don’t know why this is so important to you.”
Maybe it matters so much because crime is a real problem, not some made-up GOP tale of vote-winning — even if Democrats deny it, and even if the president says “we have a great record on it.”
On the economy, Biden says he’s “strong as hell” — even as the nation teeters on the brink of recession.
On the southern border, his deputy said it was “safe” – even as we watched on TV as thousands of illegal immigrants cross into the US every day.
It’s true that a lot of Republicans are in denial about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and Democrats can’t stop reminding voters of that. But Democrats are in denial, too — about the reality of life in America since Joe Biden became president.
And if you’re counting on a massive electorate for something like a victory on Tuesday, and if rosy scenarios don’t work—and, as I say, they don’t seem to work—then go with Plan B: Life depends on it.
Biden is not the first politician to give voters what they want (or what he thinks they want) right before an election. But, come on man – this guy is giving pimping a bad name.
Let’s start with his plan – which may not even be legal – to “waive” student loan debt of up to $20,000 to many Americans. Actually “forgive” is not quite the correct word; “Transferring” debt from those who owe it to those who don’t is the best way to put it down.
This is how legal political bribery works: Biden shows sympathy for people with burdensome student loans, and in exchange for his kindness, he expects them — and many other young voters whose support for him has ceased — to show their gratitude by voting for his party’s candidates next week.
Then there’s the gasoline politics, sympathy this time with everyone with a car who has trouble paying high prices at the pump. Biden is releasing 15 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as part of his plan to release 180 million barrels in total.
But the gasoline in reserve is there to lead us through emergencies, like wars — not emergencies like trying to take over Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.
He is even introducing a windfall profit tax to the oil companies, realizing that there is no chance – absolutely nothing! – He could pass Congress. And the president may not even know that when you tax anything, you get less of it, and no more. So how is a windfall tax supposed to get more oil out of the ground into the market and lower gas prices at the pump?
From NPR, we got this: “Biden ad [to release gasoline from the Reserve] It comes just weeks before the midterms as inflation – including the price of gas – has emerged as a major issue for voters. Polls show that the issue negatively affects Democrats, so Biden and others have focused on access to abortion and the fate of democracy.”
On abortion, Biden promised that the first bill he would send to Congress next year would be a law codifying Roe v. Wade — that is, if Democrats control enough seats to make it happen. As Biden said, “If you’re interested in the right to choose, vote.” Or in other words: I will show sympathy for your plight in connection with the miscarriage, and you show sympathy for my plight in connection with the midterm.
There’s an old remark, attributed to H.L. Mencken, a Baltimore crunchy journalist: “No one has ever exploded in underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”
It sounds a lot like Joe Biden’s game plan to try to keep his party in power in the midterm elections. Good luck with that, Joe.
Bernard Goldberg He is an Emmy and Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award-winning writer and journalist. He worked as a reporter for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel for 22 years and previously worked as a reporter for CBS News and an analyst at Fox News. He is the author of five books and publishes exclusive weekly columns, audio commentaries and Q&A about his book Substack page. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.