by Jonathan S. Tobin
President Joe Biden went to Philadelphia Thursday night to deliver what is, in effect, the kickoff and the keynote address for the Democratic Party’s midterm election campaign.
The speech he delivered was gobsmackingly dishonest and profoundly irresponsible in that its goal was to, in effect, burn the country down in order to preserve his party’s congressional majorities. It was also the sort of overproduced tribute to a leader’s vanity with dramatic lighting and Marine guards deployed in the background, a visual message that diverges from the humble boy from Scranton that Biden pretends to be.
His weasel-worded attempt to differentiate between good Republicans and MAGA extremists who are presumably guilty of what amounts to treason falls flat when you consider that the overwhelming majority of Republicans — not to mention the 74 million people who voted for Trump in 2020 — still support him and, as polls show, would still vote for him again over Biden. So, yes, he was talking about treating half the country as enemies of democracy.
In fact, it is the Democrats who are waging war on free speech and weaponizing the Department of Justice to settle scores with political opponents with their partisan investigations of the Jan. 6 Capital riot and the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. His claim that Trump supporters are the ones threatening violence is given the lie by the fact that it was Democrats who cheered on a summer of violent Black Lives Matter riots and, doubtless, would do so again if it served their political purposes.
And given that it was uttered in front of Independence Hall, the shrine of the republic’s origins, its disingenuous effort to demonize opponents and undermine the fabric of democracy in what he claimed was its defense, was also an act of partisan desecration.
But for all of the speech’s offensive nature and the transparent mendacity of Biden’s claims, it might also go down as one of the more astute strategic decisions in the history of American politics.
Like every incumbent going into his first midterms with control of both Houses of Congress, Biden has every reason to expect a shellacking in November. That was going to be exacerbated by the fact that his administration has been a shambles from its first moments.
Many conservatives are fond of dismissing Biden as a much diminished if not senile old man who is unfit for office. But whatever the truth about his state of mind, the political tactics he is now employing are not stupid.
To the contrary, faced with a losing hand, Biden is doing the only thing that might avert a catastrophic loss by overturning the table. In branding his political opponents as not merely misguided but as “semi-fascists” and opponents of democracy, he is seeking to turn back the clock to 2020 when he could pretend that he would bring normalcy and unity to a country wracked by polarization, the pandemic and tired of Trump’s antics.
In doing so Biden has changed the subject from his own misrule. What Democrats are attempting to do is an attempt to turn the midterms into a referendum on the party out of power rather than the one that has been running the country for the last two years.
Can this work? Logic would dictate that most voters care more about the economy and the toll that Biden’s inflation and misguided energy policy has taken on their personal finances and ability to feed their families than his rants about a mythical war on democracy from the right.
Though Democrats have spent the last 20 months trying to make the Capitol riot into a permanent disqualifying argument against Republicans, that didn’t save Biden from record unpopularity as his administration lurched from disaster to disaster.
But even if the Mar-a-Lago raid was an act worthy of a banana republic and the likelihood of a bogus indictment of Trump on a ginned-up charge about classified documents reflects the Democrats’ belief that taking down their opponent requires treating him as if he were a mafia don rather than a president, all this has changed the political conversation in the country. It has also given Biden a slight boost in the polls even if his approval rating is still deep under water.
Republicans have rightly risen up to register their outrage. They can remind voters that the Obama White House, the security establishment and the Hillary Clinton campaign attempted what was, in effect, a soft coup that sought to overturn the 2016 election results via the Russia collusion hoax. They can also point to revelations about how the FBI was used to pressure Facebook to silence discussion of Biden family corruption during the 2020 election and the White House doing the same to Twitter to deplatform skeptics of administration covid policy like Alex Berenson. Whatever you might think about Republicans who believe the 2020 election was stolen, it has been the Democrats and their deep state, corporate media and Big Tech accomplices who have been undermining democracy.
Fuhrer Hitler aka biden has declared war on more than 2/3rds of the country.
No president in American history has unilaterally stated that a group of Americans who differ ideologically are now enemies of the country in which they live.
Adolf Hitler identified the Jewish people along with others who were then summarily rounded up and sent to death camps.
This is history repeating itself in of places, America.
I do not recognize fuhrer biden as anything except the enemy of our America, not his.
I think also our board trolls will make attempts to instigate violence of any type so the enemies monitoring the content here may feel emboldened to take action.
Quite frankly the likes of greg et al think exactly like fuhrer biden and thus are enemies of Americans on this forum.
The is the fight they want, not us and that is a bigly difference.
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January 6th is what MAGA has become. No warning could be more clear. If that’s what you think America is, Trump is your man.
“January 6th is what MAGA has become.”
January 6th is a false-flag conducted by the Deep State to simply invert the actual coup the Democrats conducted with yet another failed hoax on Trump.
No classified docs.
Just an illegal and increasing desperate regime losing any public support they thought that had, most of it being from simply lying to the public in the first place.
Now they know the truth.
Trump is now the cleanest and most viable presidential candidate in our nation’s history.
Biden’s “Nazi Show” no confirms what most in the country already know: the Federal Government is compromised and must be dissolved and reformed.
The enemy is inside our gates, paid installs like Biden, Pelosi, McConnel, and Graham.
If January 6th followed months and months of MAGA violence and was followed by months and months of violence you would have a point. But… it wasn’t, so you don’t. In fact, what is MOST significant about the mostly peaceful riot of January 6th is that, for once, it wasn’t the leftists BLM/ANTIFA committing all of the violence. Its greatest significance is its rarity.
Also, NO ONE pretended it didn’t happen, claimed the riot was “just an idea”, established a bail fund or claimed those committing the violence were righteous, as you on the left did with the 9 months long pogrom of riots, violence, destruction, injury and murder carried out by BLM/ANTIFA.
When you stoop to hate-mongering, you have lost the argument.
biden has crossed the rubicon and has gone full-on Adolf Hitler.
The Democrats don’t have a plan to game all the elections they need to keep power.
They will do something drastic.
I really, really want to know who the hell the speech writer was for Biden’s latest Hitler-esque speech was, and who the hell thought red on our Independence Hall, with shadow-troopers looming was a good idea?
These people are who you think they are. These people are who they appear to be.
They will start committing violence the closer they get to losing control.
Fuhrer Hitler last night said the CCP virus was over but the emergency health powers remain intact. Humm
I wonder if idiot Biden practiced his histrionics before a mirror like Hitler did?
THAT WAS QUICK… JOE BIDEN WALKS BACK SICK ATTACKS ON MAGA: ‘I Don’t Consider Any Trump Supporter a Threat to the Country’
Oops, too little too late. Adolf biden pooped his pants and there are no more depends in the supply chain.
Who thought this was a good idea to attack a majority of Americans? This ha Anita dunns fingerprints all over this.
Greg, the “larry’s” and “others” that post here, but are probably from a government agency…
Care to explain Fuhrer Biden’s actions?
You are f*cking cowards.
This has backfired worse than the raid on Mar-a-Lago
Fuhrer biden is done.
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Biden needs to be removed. He’s not a legal president, and he doesn’t legally represent this nation.
He IS the actual incarnation of the fake, unelected, idiot puppet that they cast Trump as.
Idiot Biden has definitely provided real and credible causes for impeachment.
Just like Hillary was talking about me when she called Trump supporters “deplorable” (thus, the “Deplorable Me” moniker), so idiot Biden was talking specifically about me when he calls Trump supporters fascists. I take offense, to say the least.
I have never apologized for the January 6th rioters. Those who committed crimes should be punished, in accordance with the law. They should not, however, be sacrificed as political prisoners. I understand their outrage and also that they were duped by FBI instigators to overreact, but the crimes are crimes. I don’t, however, view their actions as indicative of MAGA or Trump supporters.
I don’t encourage, incite, excuse, promote or romanticize violence, unless it is as self defense. Then it should be as violent as possible.
I don’t want to overturn the election process of our nation. I want it secured and protected.
I believe in free speech, even for the right of people like Greg, Michael, Larry (assuming they are different people) et al to support their regime and spread their known lies. The lies are unnecessary, but I don’t feel I can stop them, just refute and counteract them.
I believe in enforcing the law and punishing criminals.
These are all things idiot Biden claims, without ever having met or spoke with me, I am opposed to and want to destroy. Idiot Biden is a stupid, incompetent, corrupt liar, for the “enemy” he describes are those within his own party. THEY oppose all those things I listed. THEY oppose my rights and freedoms. THEY threaten this nation.
MAGA is now, officially, a political party…with the sound majority in America.