Joe just has to show up to be a success
It will be a truly magical moment when our 46th president, Joe Biden, is sworn in on January 20. For the first time in history, a man who has been known for decades as an amiable mediocrity with a penchant for saying foolish things will be held up as a grand statesman, destined to save our Republic. It will be quite a sudden transformation, but if you question it, Google or Amazon may decide to kick you off the Internet… So you’d better go along with it, peasant.
Nobody really thinks Biden is impressive. The single biggest point of Biden’s appeal in this last election was the fact that he is not Donald J. Trump. That, and his eight-year run as vice president to Obama gave him universal name recognition and was enough to get his 80 million voters to pull the lever for him.
For good old “blue-collar Joe” from Scranton, Pennsylvania, longevity in politics was the secret sauce… He stuck around for three presidential runs, and the third time was the charm.
Up to this point, much of the debate has been around whether Biden is up for the job. By this, his detractors have really meant: is this 78-year-old politician really of sound mind and body for the rigors that the commander-in-chief duty entail? There’s still a strong case to be made that he isn’t, which has led to a flurry of “guess when Kamala takes over” betting.
But there is another question that we all should face now… Will Biden be any good at the job?
For at least the first six months once he takes the Oval Office, Biden has a pretty clear pathway to high approval ratings. For one thing, the media will pretend that every speech he gives is the rhetorical equivalent of the Gettysburg Address. We will be told ad nauseam that every decent American across the country has given him a “mandate” to pursue Democrat policies. Instead of sham special counsels and impeachment, Joe will get Vanity Fair covers and late-night comedians making jokes about how he’s America’s cuddly grandpa.
As for COVID-19 response, Biden is in a can’t lose position. His admittedly polarizing predecessor bequeathed him a vaccination program that will, if state governments can stop their unthinkable incompetence thus far, begin to dramatically bring down the hospitalization and death rate.
There’s a very good chance that America will start to feel substantially more normal by this summer, and I’d bet on a boom in “back to everyday life” sentiment – and a tsunami of consumer spending – by September of 2021. The “Biden is the cure” political narrative almost writes itself, and will surely play a big role in the 2022 midterms.
All Biden has to do is show up, seem like a steady hand, and avoid any major screw-ups. If he does that, the fact that a man who often seems more equipped to feed the squirrels in the park with a shawl over his shoulders will be treated by the media like the second coming of George Washington in his first term.
The problem Joe has is that he’s a Democrat… This is no longer the party of JFK, it’s the party of AOC. While he will technically be the most powerful elected official in the country, there’s a machinery of Left-wing media, activists, and congressman to pressure him. They’re going to want things their way. Nobody really believes Biden has a powerful vision for the future of the country – it’s not even clear what the man believes – so there’s no reason to think he’ll put up much resistance.
Now that he will have the big job, Biden will play an outsized role in the economy, judiciary, and all the functions of the federal government. That’s a lot of power to wield, and his political allies will view malleable old Joe as a tool of their aspirations.
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Leftists seeking to transform America won’t even have to buy off his son Hunter first, like the Chinese Communist Party tried to. They can march right into the Oval Office and push Joe to act on their most aggressive stratagems while promising to make the Biden name celebrated alongside Obama, Kennedy, and Clinton.
Eliminate the filibuster? Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico? Mass amnesty for illegal immigrants? If Biden wants to, he can lead the charge to change the American political landscape so dramatically that it will effectively create a one-party state. All it takes is the radicals around him to push him in the right way, and Biden to plagiarize their ideas. We know he’s good at that.
Here’s hoping, for all our sakes, that Joe will do the bare minimum, like a senator from Delaware who’s supposed to protect his voters from greedy credit-card companies.
Buck Sexton is host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program, The Buck Sexton Show, heard on more than 100 stations across the country. He’s also a former CIA and NYC police department intelligence officer. You can follow him at BuckSexton.com.