It's hard being a Democrat these days.
In just seven months, Joe Biden’s presidency sputtered, stumbled, and finally collapsed in the wake of the Taliban’s astonishing sweep into power in war-torn Afghanistan.
Most presidents recover from foreign policy disasters. American voters consistently rate foreign policy among their lowest priorities; usually it's way down in the single digits.
The misadventures of Jimmy Carter, both Bushes, and Barack Obama were quickly forgotten by electorates that largely voted on economic issues.
Ronald Reagan ran down the Soviet Union and achieved divinity in the Republican Party, despite the blot of Iran-Contra.
Richard Nixon lived out most of his final two decades as a respected elder statesman even after the hollow peace deal that led to the fall of South Vietnam.
In a normal world, Biden should not have expected any more scornful contempt than they received. But Afghanistan is different.
For 20 years, our longest war was an open sore on the national conscience.
Stressing symbolism over substance led Biden to foul up Trump’s withdrawal agreement, cede the advantage to the Taliban despite worrisome military and intelligence estimates, and limply stand by and watch Afghanistan’s swift collapse — all while leaving $85 billion in military equipment to a terrorist regime and stranding at least several hundred Americans and tens of thousands of our Afghan allies with no escape.
Our allies condemn us, with even our closest, the U.K., officially holding the new president "in contempt" in an unprecedented parliamentary vote.
Others rightly wonder whether we will defend them against aggression from far more sophisticated threats. Our adversaries are laughing and on the march.
China’s obliteration of liberty in Hong Kong is nearly complete.
Beijing is already sending warplanes to test Taiwan’s airspace, correctly assuming that the senile old man in the White House will do nothing about it.
Russia is showing renewed initiative in both European and Asian diplomacy.
Its once beleaguered allies in Havana, Caracas, and Managua oppress their people with almost total impunity.
After Cold War triumph, unprecedented economic prosperity, and a general Pax Americana, the Nixonian phrase "pitiful, helpless giant" is again routinely applied to the United States, now led by a strange, self-effacing, guilt-ridden foreign policy establishment staffed by gutless wonders trained to believe that their country has had its day and must now submerge into the recesses of U.N.-knows-best internationalism.
Even the leftist mainstream media is turning on the hapless administration that it did so much to bring to power.
New polling data trashes Biden almost daily.
Far fewer than half of Americans approve of the president’s performance, with the number plummeting to an abysmal 36% among election-deciding independents.
Some 52% believe he should resign, a figure tempered only by an even larger majority’s belief that Vice President Kamala Harris is unqualified for the top job.
Only about 30% believe the country is on the right track, compared with a clear majority just three months ago.
A presidential rematch poll shows Trump beating Biden in 2024, news that is already revitalizing the former president’s undeclared but obvious determination to run again.
A decisive Republican congressional sweep in the 2022 midterms — just 14 months away— is a foregone conclusion, even in the hands of the party’s lackluster Washington leadership.
Never-Trumper Republicans momentarily emboldened by the former president’s reversal in 2020 were already on their way out but are now irreparably compromised for having helped hand the presidency to Biden.
Despite some attempts to crawl back, they represent nothing, have no constituency but each other, and seem likely to be totally eliminated from national politics within the next year.
The corridors of power in Washington are reverberating with manifest failure.
Already cowed by an international system that none of them has the gravitas to master or even understand—and that has no interest in accommodating their woke sensibilities—Biden’s advisers are nervous, intimidated, demoralized and despised.
The fallout is drenching domestic politics in a flow of toxicity cascading down from an inept and weakened president.
Worried Democrats who fear antagonizing the country more than their discredited party already has are walking back projected tax increases, cuts in police spending, and extreme pandemic measures.
Blue State big cities remain unlivable dystopias hemorrhaging productive citizens and irreplaceable revenue to burgeoning Red States.
Vengeful progressives succeeded in ousting the Democrats’ most important state governor (Andrew Cuomo of New York), ostensibly over hugs and kisses, while the party’s next most important governor (Gavin Newsom of California) faces a recall election so nasty that even victory will only raise more questions about election integrity.
State and local governments, aided by a surprisingly emboldened judiciary and newly radicalized Republican base, are demolishing one leftist shibboleth after the next —restricting abortion, outlawing critical race theory, blocking open immigration, imposing tighter voting rules — all while top Democrats are reduced to fits as hilarious as they are hysterical.
All the while, Joe Biden, who will turn 82 in 2024, purportedly spends much of his time asleep, has problems speaking in coherent sentences, and only takes questions in stage-managed Brezhnevite forums where exposure of his obvious cognitive decline would be otherwise unavoidable.
With three and a half years left in his term, we should expect no initiatives, but a lot of disappointments, and maybe even some laughs.
Paul du Quenoy is president of the Palm Beach Freedom Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. Read more — Here.
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