by STEVE CORTES
Joe Biden is teetering in the corner. His popularity is careening downward due to the concurrent major crises he created: the border disaster and the inflation spike. Recognizing the data on this trend, amidst all the backroom machinations of the so-called infrastructure package, if the Republicans on Capitol Hill can steel themselves and see the opportunity, they can deliver a devastating knockout to Joe Biden.
Just how bad is Biden’s approval trend? Consider that his overall approval, per CNBC survey, has cratered a stunning 14 percent over the last six months, from 62 percent positive in February to only 48 percent. Given his rather stunning polling weakness on key issues, expect that overall approval to continue to slide, and likely test 40 percent to the downside this year.
On the most important issue of all, the economy, Biden’s gargantuan borrow and spend agenda sends consumer prices soaring to three decade highs, as reflected by the latest core Personal Consumption Expenditure numbers, the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation. This surge puts consumers in a very foul mood. CNBC also reports that only 22 percent of Americans are presently positive on the economy and optimistic on the future. Only 22 percent, that’s pathetic!
Conversely, 51 percent are negative on the present and future economy, the highest pessimism read in that poll since 2015… not coincidentally, the last time Biden worked in the White House.
Outside of the economy, Biden’s numbers similarly slide on hot-button issues. For example, the recent ABC/Ipsos poll found his approval on the issue of crime plunged to just 35 percent. On immigration, he registers just 37 percent affirmation.
This torrent of weak numbers reveals a hobbled politician, and one without the kind of hyper-loyal base his predecessor enjoyed. There are literally almost no hardcore Joe Biden partisans. Given this reality, why on Earth would the Senate GOP let this wobbly fighter escape from this corner? If the GOP can find a backbone and strike with swiftness and precision, it would effectively end Biden era and put the Republican Party on a solid trajectory toward America First electoral tidal waves in both 2022 for the Congress and then 2024 for the White House.
The 45th President sees the situation clearly.
Over the weekend, Donald J. Trump sent out a scathing rebuke of the boondoggle infrastructure package and the enabling GOP ineptness. He wrote “Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace. If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”
A thousand times yes to this very strategy which I outlined right before the prior debt ceiling expired on August 1. As I proposed, a resolute GOP could “apply a fiscal tourniquet” to stop the borrow-and-spend profligacy that’s fueling inflation unseen since the 1970’s. But, “the clock is ticking. The window is closing. Will the GOP show the wisdom and the huevos to use the debt ceiling as a lever to stop the madness?”
So far, the signs from squish Republican senators are hardly encouraging.
For example, the always-disappointing Lindsey Graham hailed Saturday’s session as a “big day for bipartisan infrastructure.” Even if this bill focused on hard infrastructure spending – which it surely does not – then Graham and 16 other GOP Senators would still be fools to support it, knowing full well that it remains conjoined as the evil twin to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation monster that will be passed and signed as a two-for-one. Pelosi has made that coupling crystal clear, so a vote for one in the Senate is de facto a vote for both.
These legacy Republican establishment figures need to feel the wrath of their America First constituents.
Inflation is out of control and threatens to obliterate the spending power of middle- and lower-income Americans. The border teems with trespassers who will only further depress wages and make American streets even more dangerous, thanks to the radicalism of Biden and Harris. Senate Republicans should stipulate that they will only vote for an infrastructure bill that includes a full border wall and an immediate enforcement actions against the crossings of illegal migrants.
Americans awaken to the dismal Democrat rule realities, as reflected by crashing polling for Joe Biden.
When will these Republicans realize that Democrats want nothing more than to destroy them? Sure, they will exploit their useful idiot utility whenever possible, but going along with the Democrat destruction of our economy is not going to save them.
An infrastructure bill should be nothing but infrastructure.
Georgia Republicans have begun a legal process that could allow them to disenfranchise much of Atlanta.
Late last month, 27 Republican members of the Georgia state Senate sent an ominous letter to the state elections board, touting a misleading claim about the 2020 election popularized by Fox News host Tucker Carlson. A few days later, several Republican members of the state House sent a similar letter seeking a “performance review” of election officials in the Democratic stronghold of Atlanta.
In a post-Trump GOP, it might seem unremarkable that elected officials are spouting off about some lie or half-truth broadcast by conservative media. But these letters set in motion a chain of events that could end in mass disenfranchisement of voters in the Democratic stronghold of Atlanta for the 2022 statewide and midterm elections.
In March, Georgia Republicans passed SB 202, a sweeping new election law that erects obstacles between Georgia voters and their right to cast a ballot. While some are relatively minor or even popular, the most ominous provisions of this new law allow the state election board, which is dominated by Republicans, to seize control of county election boards. Those boards can disqualify voters, move polling precincts, and potentially even refuse to certify an election count.
The letters from Republican lawmakers are the first step in the legal process Republicans may use to take over elections in Fulton County, the most populous county in the state, which encompasses most of Atlanta. In 2020, nearly 73 percent of Fulton County voters cast a ballot for President Joe Biden. Biden won the county by nearly a quarter-million votes, enough to push him ahead of former President Donald Trump in a state decided by 11,779 votes overall.
Both letters ask the state elections board to begin a “performance review” of the local officials who oversee elections in Fulton County. The senators claim that such a review is justified because “nearly 200 ballots were scanned twice last fall” during the initial vote count in Fulton — a claim that was previously featured on Tucker Carlson’s show…
Diagnosis? The sons of bitches are attempting to use their state powers to subvert our national election process. It’s nothing less than that. They ARE the enemy within.
Fulton County GA Caught In Another Lie – Claim Only 5,000 Absentee Ballots Were Adjudicated in the 2020 Election – Previously Claimed Over 100,000 Absentee Ballots Were Adjudicated
Says who? Tucker Carlson? There’s NO legitimate basis for the claim. You can’t even link to a credible news outlet carrying tie story. Trump tools are fixated on Fulton County simply because it’s one of the pivotal places where Trump got his excessively huge butt kicked.
I didn’t oppose the Mueller investigation.
You and your Democrats oppose election fraud investigations because you know there’s something there, and know there’s something to hide.
Even toddlers know this.
This isn’t a football game, it’s democracy. Manufacturing 1000s of votes over night for a dump is treason.
Sure you did. You denied everything Mueller’s reports revealed about the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia. You denied Russia’s social media manipulations and hacking efforts on behalf of Trump. You denied his obvious and repeated obstructions of justice. How many times have you parroted Trump’s absurd phrase, “total exoneration”?
You supported his lies, both before and after the election. You supported his efforts to overturn the election results—even when there’s not one damn bit of credible evidence for ANY of his bullshit claims—and you continue to do so.
Nobody “manufactured” thousands of votes overnight. The fact is that Trump lost by a landslide, because 7 million more American voters had figured out what is than hadn’t.
He’s not a republican; the GOP is only the horse he stole. He’s sure as hell not a traditional conservative; he doesn’t give a damn about traditional conservative values or principles, beyond using them as a means of manipulation. He doesn’t even have an ethical code. He’s not a supporter of the Constitution or the rule of constitutional law; he tried to overturn the Constitution’s election process and he tried to pervert the DoJ to do it. His White House legal tools and media toadies promoted the idea that his office put him ABOVE the law, and he apparently believed it.
Trump could have ENDED what the founding father’s began. He was the closest near-miss we’ve had to that in modern American history. If he gets a chance he’ll try it again, and the people under his spell have given this imaginary billionaire $100 million of their own money to fund the effort, no questions asked.
Why do his opponents still “obsess” over him? Because of all the above. It’s called “vigilance”.
The Mueller “investigation” could find NO wrong doing of Trump. They indicted some Russians, expecting to never have to face those they accused, but when some of them stepped forward and demanded to see the evidence and a trial, Mueller and his team ran and hid. No obstruction was found. No collusion. No crimes (by Trump and associates). All that was exposed was Democrat lies, corruption, sedition and utter dishonesty.
We now have a true totalitarian police state in place with a manipulated puppet at the head.
That’s most definitely NOT what the conclusions of the two official reports say. Trump was “totally exonerated” of nothing.
Not accused of anything, not found guilty of anything, NO evidence of ANY wrongdoing. So, with the end of the so-called “investigation”, that is exoneration. TOTAL exoneration.
No one has been investigated as intensively, thoroughly and with such vindictive intent as Trump was AFTER he announced he was running for President. As I’ve said before, in the absolute absence of ANY wrongdoing, he is probably the most clean and honest person ever to have served in office in Washington.
Take a cursory look at any of your leading Democrats: tax evasion, insider trading, spilling intelligence to foreign agents, abuse of power, abuse of campaign funds, sexual abuse, not to mention gigantic lying and hypocrisy. A deeper look exposes quid pro quo, leaking classified information, lying under oath, violating their oath of office, violations of the rights of citizens and inciting violence. It’s like they were trying them out before falsely accusing Trump of doing it.
So, just face the facts: Democrats are filthy, corrupt, lying, anti-American trash and we all know it. Biden is an idiot and we all know it. Trump won the election and we all know it.
Why did Democrats stage a water main break in State Farm Arena, run off all the observers, telling them counting was over, resumed counting ballots pulled from under covered tables, creating a mysterious and fantastical spike in idiot Biden votes?
Actually US senate bill S1 is an attempt to subvert our national election process. Vox is just another trash site for mouth foaming leftists.
It drives desperate Democrats nuts that their quest to make election fraud normal is being effectively blocked.
“The sons of bitches are attempting to use their state powers to subvert our national election process.”
Yes. That’s what Democrats did in 2020. They used their state powers to change election laws illegally.
It’s nothing less than that.
But give up on the “just say Republicans are doing what we just did”
It is impossible to disenfranchise a fraudulent vote(s). The State Farm early morning(November 04) ballot feeding of the machines video clearly shows thousands of fraudulent votes. In addition, spoiled ballots are not franchised votes. Those ballots are rejected ballots and can not be put into the legitimate vote pool…
Vox is not a reputable objective source for information…
Yet, we should somehow deem the likes of Steve Cortes, a MAGA mouthpiece a Trumpian loyalist who appears on CNN to get slapped around for his nonsensical alternative reality as a “reputable objective source for information”?
What suppresses the vote in the election integrity laws?
Run along sonny, Cortez has forgotten more than you will ever learn…
Like Ronald Reagan famously said, “liberals think the know so much. So much of what they know is wrong…”
Reagan was a realist whereas Trump cultists are not.
Reagan was also literate whereas your blotched quote proves, you are not.
Hmmm… the best economy in a hundred years was real. Securing the border was real. Seems YOU are on the side of denying reality, preferring lies in every case.
“So much of what know simply isn’t true.” is indeed the reality.
Hey, here’s a quote from your newest object of worship, idiot Biden:
“My butt’s been wiped!” Wow. Now, THAT’S a realist.
“Best economy in a hundred years”, assuming you’re referring to the disastrous Trump term, is sheer delusional nonsense on any front. It’s a prime example of the la-la land the deranged obedient Mango god worshippers live in. He says it, you repeat it. Reality has no meaning.
It’s people (or programmed robots) like you, the diseased COVID advocating, insurrectionists, racist KKK loving (because “they’re good people”) promoters of planting Proud Boys into peaceful protests, anti-democracy, voter suppressing, terrorizing indoctrinated Trump followers that are killing our elderly and children while burning our planet while unable to distinguish what is true and what isn’t true.
Nor do you care.
You, Curt, Dr John, et al. have evolved from from liberal haters to full blown Trump worshippers to now an unhinged and dangerous lot of evil.
To you and the deadly cult you promote, may the Lord have mercy on you souls.
Ronald J. Ward
Why ask for mercy from God when you are clearly aimed at “punishing” all of us out of the irrational hatred you so easily swallowed from your actual Cult?
Mao, Stalin, Hitler…you and they know who you serve.
It’s delusion to claim Trump’s economy wasn’t good and then fail to give any facts.
It was good. It’s fact.
It’s funny, because if anyone is a cult-follower of Trump, it’s you. You care more about him then any of us do.
We just want free and fair elections with freedom to choose what’s right for ourselves. Trump was more that than Biden or even Obama.
You want the standard 20th Century hell of nihilist genocide masked as “utopia”.
Take responsibility for your life before you end up like the first sinner, Cain. Jealously and hatred for a group, or a person like Trump, as the cause for all your suffering is just cowardice, and only ends badly.
You just hate Trump’s economic boom because it helped minorities; blacks, women and Hispanics. You hate it that they gained opportunities to get out from under dependence on government, something Democrats depend heavily on.
Note that you never (NEVER) substantiate anything you say. You simply roll out some lie that you think someone else will accept as a truth, even though they have all been debunked, disproven and discarded.
The deadly cult is the Democrats. How many will their COVID super duper spreader event they created on the border kill? You simply do not care about who gets sick from COVID because your degenerate party profits from every death. But, the Idiot Biden Virus is on the spread again and it’s all due to HIS policies (or lack of action).
Your degenerates defunded the police and now crime and violence is rampant. There’s not a Proud Boy or “white supremacist” to be found; it’s all leftists… all YOURS.
You celebrate “peaceful protests” such as this:
Portland is a left wing city. Where are the leftists stopping the violence? Nowhere, because leftists PROMOTE the violence.
Again, what about the election integrity laws suppresses a vote? Greg tried to answer that but wound up showing that opportunity to vote was EXPANDED. Why don’t you show you have some guts and answer?
I love when cultists using cult language…using toddler-level understanding as they hurl racist-level prejudice at others…call those they were indoctrinated to hate “cultists”.
You listed off your core indoctrination tenants, though couldn’t remotely back even one of them up in a rational debate.
We’re stopping homocidal freaks like you from bringing the Hell of utopia to our country.
So you understand:
Trump saved millions while your own “gods” said to leave the country open.
The Trump vaccine was given years ahead of schedule. It’s fact.
Biden is killing people, kids at the border, and people with covid. Infected people being trafficked is spreading covid, not lack of masks.
War is opening up across the world thanks to our enemies installing Biden. It’s fact.
Trump saved lives. Biden has taken them.
Your feelings and CNN talking points can’t remake reality, even if you want them to.
Leftist storm troopers continue to attack citizens and the government, insurrectionists that they are.
Where are the “rightwing” insurrectionists? Nowhere, because they don’t exist. FBI-built false-flags aren’t very compelling.
IT seems to me you are implying or assume(ass you me) that GOP want Joe out. I say no! None of the Bush Republicans voting too override Don’s Sec 230 veto want Joe out.
Naming some Bush Republicans who clearly like Joe – by House.
Lisa, Mitt, Roy
Adam, Kevin, Liz
JOe will be around for 3.5 more years!
Remember in ’15 and ’16 ALL 13 MEMBERS OF THE BUSH CLAN (some no longer here) SAID 5X5 – LOUD AND CLEAR – VOTE CLINNTON! Many Republicans prefer
Democrats to conservatives.
Oh, and now… ANOTHER Hunter laptop. According to Hunter, another laptop was stolen by his Russian drug dealers when he passed out after a whore-a-thon.
Yep, that’s some guy you people put in office through fraud. Could it be that blackmail forced idiot Biden to green light Putin’s pipeline?