June 23, 2021
What exactly did President Biden accomplish at the recent G7 meeting? The only thing we know for sure is… not much.
There were plenty of photo ops – and to be fair, that’s what most of these present-day world leader gab fests devolve into. Germany’s Angela Merkel daintily touching elbows with Canada’s Justin Trudeau is a far cry from Stalin, FDR, and Churchill at Yalta.
There were also a number of (to put it gently) evident senior moments where Biden seemed more than a little foggy… Sitting down with other heads of state at a conference table, he interrupted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to remind him to include South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his introductions, even though Johnson had just said his name.
Amtrak Joe also wandered around aimlessly in front of the cameras to some chuckles from bystanders. And then there was the unsettlingly long pause during a press conference when the Commander-in-Chief was asked about Vladimir Putin and started to drift off into mumbles and murmurs.
On the frequent talking point of “standing up to Russia,” the media’s presentation of Biden has been laughable propaganda… Who can forget the recent cover of Time magazine with Biden’s face on it? They tried to make old man Joe look like the second coming of Maverick from Top Gun, with mirrored aviators proudly staring down the Kremlin’s premier thug.
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Putin V. Biden
If only it were so for Joe… When it comes to Russia, Biden’s plans are as muddled as his short-term memory.
What does “standing up to Russia” really mean? Almost all of what Biden says on the subject is pablum meant more as a nod to the “Russia collusion”-obsessed Democrats back at home than meaningful diplomatic pushback.
For the average MSNBC watcher, Putin has been the subject of hysteria for years. Thanks to nightly Russia conspiracy-theorizing on Maddow and other shows, a widespread Democrat delusion persists that Putin stole the election for Trump in 2016.
And as far as the Russians are concerned, Biden is an effectual clown. It has been considered a truism among the foreign policy intelligentsia for almost 40 years that Biden has been reliably wrong on every decision the U.S. government has faced on the world stage. For our more determined and opportunistic enemies — with Putin certainly high on that list — Biden can easily be outmaneuvered.
The media has not been entirely unprepared for Biden to seem out of his depth or outright confused. Most of their focus has been on presenting him as America’s affable grandfather who will adeptly glad-hand our allies while talking tough to the world’s neighborhood bullies. While this simplistic narrative around the most powerful man in the world is cynical, it’s also reasonably effective politics.
Joe’s foreign policy emphasizes “repairing the U.S.’s alliances,” which he says have been “damaged” under the Trump administration, and claims that he can return the U.S. to a “position of trusted leadership” to counter challenges from Russia and China.
But no honest observer believes that Biden will leave a meaningful mark on foreign policy… Yet Joe has honed the projection of self-effacing affability over decades of political life. While that’s not going to mean a thing to Russia or China, it does create enough spin for the Democrat media to portray his first foreign trip as good enough.
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The Veep: Border Scars
Vice President Kamala Harris, on the other hand, is just happy that the early June news cycle is a thing of the past. The Veep’s first trip outside the U.S. to Guatemala and Mexico was generally considered cringe-worthy on both sides of the aisle. When asked why Kamala (the “border czar” no less) hadn’t actually been to the U.S.-Mexico border, she tried several times to claim that “we” have been to the border.
Even Lester Holt, an NBC News anchor liked by Democrats and who expects high-level access from the Biden White House, thought this was too much malarkey for one interview. He forced Kamala to clarify that if by “go to the border” you mean actually going there, no she has not in fact made the trek…
It was a moment that the VP’s handlers and media allies want to brush aside, but it dominated the news cycle for a full day last week. And rightly so… The situation at the border is grave, as I detailed firsthand in Here’s What I Witnessed at the Most Lawless Part of the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Kamala’s defining political characteristic appears to be phoniness – which anyone who remembers her ill-fated presidential run could see in the data from those in her own party. But despite her obvious charisma deficit, she remains a likely next Democrat presidential candidate… and could become president much sooner than many anticipate.
American presidents, at least when they’re Democrats, stand astride the world stage during trips abroad and build their gravitas. With Biden and Harris, the first outing of this administration outside our borders was a reminder that the press corps can only prop them up so much.
Biden has always been a self-interested politico and a mediocre one at best…
Despite the media’s hopes, he cannot carry the world on his shoulders like Atlas. We will be lucky if by the end of this term he can remember what world he’s even in.
The e-mails have been pouring in about Trish Regan’s recent feature story on the future of the GOP, The Elephant in the Room. We’re sharing a few today…
Ms. Regan, you have eloquently expressed all of my concerns with the current GOP party. I hope Gov. DeSantis asks you to join his team to win the 2024 primary and national election! – Dale S.
Trish Reply: Dale, thanks for reading the piece. I appreciate all your support!
I couldn’t agree with you more re Republican candidates. Trumps policies were great, but he did himself no favors with his mouth. I’m in favor of DeSantis who is likable, over a Ted Cruz who while brilliant, isn’t as likable. Your articles are great, and your prediction regarding inflation has come true. – Melody C.
Trish Reply: Melody, thank you for this. I wish my predictions on inflation would NOT have come true for the sake of our nation! But I tend to sense these things…. I’m looking at data in real time and inflation most definitely is heading our way. I’m glad you like the articles!
I just read your “Elephant in the Room” essay. I agree with much of what you have stated but you left out one viable candidate, Nikki Haley. She has the executive experience (S. Carolina governor), international experience (UN Ambassador), and to assuage the liberal left, she is female to counter the Republican appearance as an “old boys club.”
I believe there are many who voted for Biden not because of his policies but as a vote against Don Trump (the person). The conservative policies that Trump presented should be re-messaged with a new candidate…
1. Immigration – stop letting the left say we are against immigration, every time someone from the left says that we should immediately correct that and state we are against illegal immigration. We have allowed them to make this claim for 8 years without correcting them, it’s time to stop.
2. Economics – stop letting them say we are the party of big corporations. Start correcting them, we are for all business, big or small. minority-owned, women-owned, immigrant-owned. We are for all people building a better life. And we need to make sure (as you stated) equally opportunity is provided throughout governmental programs. Limit subsidies to mega-corporations, they can afford some hardships and are better able to adjust on the fly. – Warren D.
Trish Reply: Hi Warren, Yes Haley and Noem could both be in there. It’s still early… but it’s important conservatives have a deep bench. As for your ideas on immigration and economics – you’re right. The Left has manipulated the message and put Republicans on defense. Conservatives need to project an inclusive, prosperity-driven message that is more reflective of the values that Republicans represent.
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