Saint Joe of the Low Bar: President Biden, Approval Numbers, and Ticking Clocks

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    Another SOU I will ignore.

    Joe should get done whatever he can before the midterms, then spend the rest of his presidency setting up Harris for a good run at the office (unless he gets lucky and actually gets a friendlier congress at the midterms).Report

  2. Biden? I have it on very good authority that he’s a doddering figurehead, and things are really being run by You Know What Color.


    • North in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      Man, if that is the best the right can muster up they’re gonna have problems running against him.Report

      • Chip Daniels in reply to North says:

        I think the term epistemic closure comes close to describing it, where the conservative wing has for the past 50 years or so resorted increasingly on speaking to themselves and only in code, to where it is nearly impossible for them to communicate clearly what they really want.

        Like I have mentioned repeatedly, their real issue, the only one really, is their fear of cultural replacement.

        They don’t really care about taxes, or communism, or the budget deficit. They don’t give a rip about Burkean this or Chesterton’s fence or federalism or limited government or Constitutional originalism any of the high minded principle stuff that shrouds their NRO articles.

        They really truly fear losing their ability to set the terms for what it means to be an American, and to be in the cultural majority.

        But they aren’t willing to say it openly (but more so every day!).

        So instead they invent bizarre pseudoscandals and fauxtrages like beef bans or death panels or immigrant children getting a book by Kamala Harris because for them it serves as a proxy battle for the real thing.Report

        • North in reply to Chip Daniels says:

          I think that is overbroad.

          The money folks care about tax cuts.
          The socialcons care about (ideally) pushing their morals onto other people via the hand of the state or (minimally) making it as easy as possible for them to do the same via private action.
          The neocons care about playing Call of Duty but with other peoples real live kids and padding their defense industry buddies bottom lines.
          The ethnocons care about ethnicity and culture stuff.

          They just all are tugging on the same increasingly threadbare blanket to try and cover those goals up.Report

          • Chip Daniels in reply to North says:

            This is true, but the only group that matters now is the ethnocons, the blood and soil faction.

            Because the socialcons long ago merged to where the difference between conservative religious doctrine and white supremacy is negligible.
            Fred Clark among others has done a good job documenting how much of what passes for conservative religious doctrine now, is relatively new and a reaction to integration.

            The moneycons provide the funding, but aren’t interested (so far) in blocking or reining in the blood and soil faction.Report