Biden holds a lost hand, by Patrick Buchanan

As President Joe Biden’s poll results plummeted this fall and his party’s presidential ambitions began to stir, the White House has spread the word.

Forget all that 2020 campaign chatter about Biden being a “transitional president.” He intends to run and win a second term.

Well, maybe. Yet skepticism abounds.

First, if Biden showed up in 2024 and won, his second term would run until January 2029, when he would be 86. At 79, he is already the oldest president in history. Does Biden look like a calling quarterback with seven years of play ahead of him?

When you consider his reduced mental capacities and the problems before him, it seems certain that we are not in the presence of a two-term president.

First, there is the pandemic.

With the death toll now exceeding 800,000 and the number of COVID-19 cases reaching 50 million, more Americans have died from the coronavirus under Biden than under former President Donald Trump. More than 1,000 Americans are added to the death toll daily.

In a New York Post poll, approval for Biden’s handling of the pandemic has already fallen from 69% on inauguration day to 53% today.

Another item on the menu is the economic crisis induced by the pandemic.

Inflation under Biden has climbed to 6.8%, and the Federal Reserve is talking about three interest rate hikes in 2022.

What does it mean? Not only are the prices of gasoline and groceries exceeding the affordability of millions of families, but for every $ 100,000 in cash savings of every Central American family, nearly $ 7,000 will have been wiped out. during Biden’s first year.

And Biden inflation is no longer called “transient”.

For his handling of inflation, Biden has a 28% approval rating, with two-thirds of all Americans, 69%, disapproving of the job he does.

On the crime front, our big cities are now setting new records for shootings, stabbings, homicides and murders. Television and cable news regularly broadcast videos of “flash mobs” invading and looting downtown stores and fleeing before the police arrived.

In Biden’s America, civilization itself seems to be crumbling.

How do the American people think Biden handles crime?

As a Delaware senator in the 1990s, Biden was considered a law and order Democrat who helped pass some of the toughest anti-crime and pro-cop laws of the decade.

Yet today, while even Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco denounces the “smash-and-grab” mob attacks on her city’s retail stores as reflecting an “attitude of anarchy,” 3 in 5 Americans, 61% disapprove of Biden’s handling of the crime issue.

Upon taking office, Biden rejected Trump’s immigration policies that had curbed the flow of illegal migrants into the country.

Now the southern border is bleeding like never before.

In Biden’s first year, migrants crossed at a rate of nearly 2 million per year. Tens of thousands of “fugitives” – invaders unknown to the homeland who elude contact with US authorities – have disappeared into our population since Biden took office.

And they no longer come only from Mexico and the Northern Triangle – Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador. They come from every continent and every country on earth. We are becoming what President Teddy Roosevelt warned America would become if it failed to manage immigration well – “a multilingual guesthouse for the world.”

“The first panacea for a poorly managed nation is currency inflation; the second is war,” said Ernest Hemingway. “Both bring temporary prosperity; both bring permanent ruin.”

Biden will have to negotiate a modus vivendi with Russia on Ukraine and China on Taiwan, after a Beijing-Moscow summit where Chinese President Xi Jinping said the two countries have established a relationship that “in its proximity and effectiveness … Even exceeds an alliance. “

In eleven months, Biden will face parliamentary elections. Almost surely, they will cost him his majority in the House and leave him at the end of the year a lame 80-year-old president whose legislative agenda must meet the approval of the new president, Kevin McCarthy.

So where will we and Biden be on New Years Eve 2023?

We will have an octogenarian president, in even more visible cognitive decline, confronted with intractable problems of crime, a bleeding border, a pandemic and inflation that he has not been able to cope with.

And, like William Howard Taft in 1912, Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968, Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George HW Bush in 1992, Biden will, if he decides to run again, face to a challenge in the Democratic primary. Biden won’t get a pass.

And if he were to survive those primaries, as some of these presidents have done, Biden would be the favorite to lose in 2024. Because none of those presidents got reelected.

Maybe it’s time to consider a retirement announcement.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever”. To learn more about Patrick Buchanan and read articles from other Creators writers and designers, visit the Creators website at

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