Sorry, Dems. Trump Isn’t Going to Save You

 

“Headwinds.” That’s a word you never hear when a Republican is in the White House. If anything goes wrong, from a stock market dip to your teen getting mono, it’s the malevolent intent of the creepy GOPer drooling on the Resolute Desk. But when a Democrat’s in office, the press praises Our Noble Hero for facing down those dastardly headwinds. Record inflation, an overrun border, or a murderous flight from Kabul — or all three! —  President Biden, Obama, et al., didn’t cause the problems. They’re passive observers responding to completely random circumstances.

Politico resurrected this term of art from their 2009-2016 archives and is now applying it to Slow Joe:

President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats have struggled to overcome historical headwinds and worrisome economic trends in the lead-up to the midterms.

So aides are scheming up something else: Turning the campaign into a contrast with Donald Trump and the Republicans.

President Joe Biden and his team are hoping to spend the spring and summer months drawing sharp distinctions with Republicans, one in particular. They still plan to push forth revived pieces of stalled agenda. But they’re also eagerly awaiting potentially explosive findings from the Jan. 6 select committee and hope those discoveries can inflame a battle brewing within the GOP over former Trump’s legacy and power.

That worked out great for Gov. Terry McAuliffe; might as well take it national.

Politico admits that Biden’s previous efforts to “reframe the conversation” have failed, but blamed that on being “overtaken by outside forces.” Poor Joe; always the victim. Who would have thought spending the country $30T into the red, scuttling oil production, and promising to tear down the wall would have Totally Obvious Consequences? Those outside forces are sneaky that way.

Biden aides have been delighted to watch growing division within the GOP, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has fended off bitterness within the ranks after a series of revelations about his critical words for Trump and right-wing caucus members after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Additionally, there is growing hope that the House committee investigating the insurrection may produce damaging findings against Trump and other key Republicans. The committee plans to begin holding prime-time hearings this June.

Biden advisers have also tried to game out this week the possibility of one particular October surprise. Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter raised the chance that Trump could be reinstated to the social media platform, where he had more than 80 million followers before being banned in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot. Musk has said he would allow Trump to return, and while the ex-president has claimed he doesn’t want back on, the White House does not believe him.

About 20 percent of Americans are on Twitter. Maybe 25 percent have heard of Elon Musk. And Kevin McCarthy has, what, 5 percent name recognition? The average voters aren’t always-online Beltway wonks. They’re too busy working extra hours so they can pay their skyrocketing gas and grocery bills.

Talking about Trump or Jan. 6 is talking about history. Successful campaigns talk about the present and the future. They do not care about Twitter governance. They do not care about Kevin Freaking McCarthy.

They care about the economy. Not “messaging about the economy” — the economy. Any second the Democrats waste on any other issue is a second wasted.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    I’m hoping that the Dems have lost so much credibility that if they try to headline Jan.6, it’s going to be a yawner event. Isn’t everyone sick of hearing about it? Let’s hope so.

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  2. Leslie Watkins Member
    Leslie Watkins
    @LeslieWatkins

    Pro-Democratic outlets like Politico are as incoherent as my Democrat friends. No matter what happens politically, culturally, or practically, their fervent belief that they are America’s good guys never wavers; it merely looks for yet another scapegoat to sacrifice to their overriding need to control.

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  3. Scott Wilmot Member
    Scott Wilmot
    @ScottWilmot

    “President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats have struggled to overcome historical headwinds“

    The Left are deft with words and phrases, but they are failures at governing. 

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  4. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Politico admits that Biden’s previous efforts to “reframe the conversation” have failed, but blamed that on being “overtaken by outside forces.” Poor Joe; always the victim. Who would have thought spending the country $30T into the red, scuttling oil production, and promising to tear down the wall would have Totally Obvious Consequences? Those outside forces are sneaky that way

    As James Taranto would ask, “Why do bad things keep happening to him?”

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  5. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    Love this, @jon.  

    • #5
  6. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle.  But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago.  JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death.  The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

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  7. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    I recall a famous Democrat saying, “It’s the economy, stupid.”  :-) 

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  8. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Donald Trump won’t save your favorite RINOS either, Gary.

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  9. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Percival (View Comment):

    Donald Trump won’t save your favorite RINOS either, Gary.

    Would you rather have RINO’s or DINO’s?

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  10. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Donald Trump won’t save your favorite RINOS either, Gary.

    Would you rather have RINO’s or DINO’s?

    I’d take constitutional conservatives over the bench-warming mouth-breathers you tout.

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  11. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Donald Trump won’t save your favorite RINOS either, Gary.

    Would you rather have RINO’s or DINO’s?

    I’d take constitutional conservatives over the bench-warming mouth-breathers you tout.

    “Your Honor, I move to strike the answer as being unresponsive to the question posed.”

    “Granted.  The answer is stricken.” 

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  12. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Donald Trump won’t save your favorite RINOS either, Gary.

    Would you rather have RINO’s or DINO’s?

    I’d take constitutional conservatives over the bench-warming mouth-breathers you tout.

    “Your Honor, I move to strike the answer as being unresponsive to the question posed.”

    “Granted. The answer is stricken.”

    The judge is clearly in the tank.

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  13. Derek Tyburczyk Lincoln
    Derek Tyburczyk
    @Derek Tyburczyk

    Aren’t we all victims? “Victims of venomous fate”.  To quote the late Neil Peart. Rinos, Dinos, whose undying quest to enrich themselves, while pandering to the electorate, that they, and they alone, will save us!

    Then Trump comes along, and whether by decree, design, or default, had shown all who care to see, exactly who these cretins are. Conservative grass-roots candidates, it seems are the answer to re- establishing the conservative aspects of the GOP. Sans the ‘favors’ owed to all those big money donors.

    Down with the establishment! Up with the people!…er…something like that.

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  14. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term

    Of course you would.

    No blame goes to the MSM, the leakers on Trump’s staff, and the so-called “patriots” like the despicable Vindman who betryed their oath to leak a private, privileged conversation with a foreign leader.

    No blame goes to Hillary who orchestrated a smear campaign called “russian collusion” aided by the FBI and other government intelligence agencies.

    No blame goes to the 40+ Republican Congressmen who quit the House, thus giving up their incumbency allowing Dems to take over.

    I could go on . . .

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  15. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Donald Trump won’t save your favorite RINOS either, Gary.

    Would you rather have RINO’s or DINO’s?

    I’d take constitutional conservatives over the bench-warming mouth-breathers you tout.

    “Your Honor, I move to strike the answer as being unresponsive to the question posed.”

    “Granted. The answer is stricken.”

    The judge is clearly in the tank.

    No, the judge is simply following the Rules of Evidence as they have existed in the United States since our founding.  During Cross-Examination, the witness must answer the question, which was in this case, would you rather have RINO’s or DINO’s be elected.  This was a question that does not allow for a third option.  Again, would you prefer to have RINO’s or DINO’s be elected?

    With all due respect, you are reminding me of the Pro-Choice mob overwhelming the media last night and this morning, denouncing the upcoming Dobbs decision.

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  16. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Wouldn’t a DINO be what a Republican is supposed to be, but they just call themselves a Democrat?

    Meanwhile, a RINO is someone who claims to be a Republican, but doesn’t actually support Republican issues etc.

    So the obvious answer would seem to be, DINOs are better.

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  17. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    @FakeJohnJaneGalt

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Wouldn’t a DINO be what a Republican is supposed to be, but they just call themselves a Democrat?

    Meanwhile, a RINO is someone who claims to be a Republican, but doesn’t actually support Republican issues etc.

    So the obvious answer would seem to be, DINOs are better.

    I am a DINO…   

    Going to vote in a Democrat primary this morning.   

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  18. Derek Tyburczyk Lincoln
    Derek Tyburczyk
    @Derek Tyburczyk

    I fail to differentiate between Rinos, and Dinos. Two sides of the same coin? Otoh, I’d still prefer a Mitt Romney vs AOC. Maybe equivocating, but any vote for a moderate Democrat, still gives a voice to the affiliated progressive lunatics. Imho.

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  19. Judge Mental Member
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    @JudgeMental

    Derek Tyburczyk (View Comment):

    I fail to differentiate between Rinos, and Dinos. Two sides of the same coin? Otoh, I’d still prefer a Mitt Romney vs AOC. Maybe equivocating, but any vote for a moderate Democrat, still gives a voice to the affiliated progressive lunatics. Imho.

    It’s more like Romney versus Manchin.

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  20. hoowitts Coolidge
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    @hoowitts

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

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  21. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I’m hoping that the Dems have lost so much credibility that if they try to headline Jan.6, it’s going to be a yawner event. Isn’t everyone sick of hearing about it? Let’s hope so.

    I am of the opinion that the only people who care about Jan 6th are true believers of either side.  No minds will be changed.  At best, the Dems will get some more contributions (ditto for the Overturning of Roe).  At worst they’ll patch some of the holes in their leaky boat.  It will help them, but not dispositively.

    The only ways the Dems avoid a  blowout in the November are:

    • unexpected external events (possible, but as likely to hurt as help them)
    • Republicans screwing up (very possible, the GOP has a long track record of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory).
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  22. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
    Fake John/Jane Galt
    @FakeJohnJaneGalt

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

    Oddly I would blame those that claim to be GOP but vote Democrat.  

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  23. Jager Coolidge
    Jager
    @Jager

    No Caesar (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I’m hoping that the Dems have lost so much credibility that if they try to headline Jan.6, it’s going to be a yawner event. Isn’t everyone sick of hearing about it? Let’s hope so.

    I am of the opinion that the only people who care about Jan 6th are true believers of either side. No minds will be changed. At best, the Dems will get some more contributions (ditto for the Overturning of Roe). At worst they’ll patch some of the holes in their leaky boat. It will help them, but not dispositively.

    The only ways the Dems avoid a blowout in the November are:

    • unexpected external events (possible, but as likely to hurt as help them)
    • Republicans screwing up (very possible, the GOP has a long track record of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory).

    I think you are right about this. Most people care about the economy, fuel prices, inflation.  The stuff that used to be called Kitchen Table issues. What did or did not happen on Jan. 6 is background noise. None of it affected people’s daily lives. A trip to the gas station or grocery store makes all this other stuff pretty irrelevant. 

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  24. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

    Oddly I would blame those that claim to be GOP but vote Democrat.

    I don’t so much occasionally vote Democratic, as I reliably vote Anti-Trump.  For example Trump has endorsed Kari Lake for Arizona Governor.  If she is nominated, I’ll vote for the Democrat.  But if Karrin Taylor Robson is nominated, I will happily vote for her as I am a Republican.  The same applies for Secretary of State and U.S. Senate races.

    The Mark of Trump is the Mark of Cain.

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  25. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

    Oddly I would blame those that claim to be GOP but vote Democrat.

    I don’t so much occasionally vote Democratic, as I reliably vote Anti-Trump. For example Trump has endorsed Kari Lake for Arizona Governor. If she is nominated, I’ll vote for the Democrat. But if Karrin Taylor Robson is nominated, I will happily vote for her as I am a Republican. The same applies for Secretary of State and U.S. Senate races.

    The Mark of Trump is the Mark of Cain.

    See to me, Having Proudly Voted for Biden is the Mark of Cain. And you will vote for him again if he runs, despite all he has done. 

    And you are proud of it. 

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  26. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

    Oddly I would blame those that claim to be GOP but vote Democrat.

    I don’t so much occasionally vote Democratic, as I reliably vote Anti-Trump. For example Trump has endorsed Kari Lake for Arizona Governor. If she is nominated, I’ll vote for the Democrat. But if Karrin Taylor Robson is nominated, I will happily vote for her as I am a Republican. The same applies for Secretary of State and U.S. Senate races.

    The Mark of Trump is the Mark of Cain.

    See to me, Having Proudly Voted for Biden is the Mark of Cain. And you will vote for him again if he runs, despite all he has done.

    And you are proud of it.

    I will vote for Biden or any other Democrat only if Trump or DJTJ is nominated.  If neither Trump nor DJTJ is nominated, I will vote for the Republican Nominee.

    • #26
  27. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

    Oddly I would blame those that claim to be GOP but vote Democrat.

    I don’t so much occasionally vote Democratic, as I reliably vote Anti-Trump. For example Trump has endorsed Kari Lake for Arizona Governor. If she is nominated, I’ll vote for the Democrat. But if Karrin Taylor Robson is nominated, I will happily vote for her as I am a Republican. The same applies for Secretary of State and U.S. Senate races.

    The Mark of Trump is the Mark of Cain.

    See to me, Having Proudly Voted for Biden is the Mark of Cain. And you will vote for him again if he runs, despite all he has done.

    And you are proud of it.

    I will vote for Biden or any other Democrat only if Trump or DJTJ is nominated. If neither Trump nor DJTJ is nominated, I will vote for the Republican Nominee.

     

    You are willing to vote again for Biden. That says it all, Gary.

    Mark of Cane indeed. Worse than a Scarlett B.

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  28. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Well, the theft of Supreme Court draft opinions on the Dobbs case and leaking of same  might fire up some of their base. On the other hand, it could backfire enormously. Let’s hope. 

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  29. Jager Coolidge
    Jager
    @Jager

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I hope that the GOP is successful this cycle. But if we are not, I would lay the blame on the President who lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency all in one term, for the first time since Herbert Hoover did some 88 years ago. JDT’s demand that candidates repeat the Trump Big Lie is a kiss of death. The best thing that could happen to the GOP is for Trump to get laryngitis and shut up.

    Oddly I would blame those that claim to be GOP but vote Democrat.

    I don’t so much occasionally vote Democratic, as I reliably vote Anti-Trump. For example Trump has endorsed Kari Lake for Arizona Governor. If she is nominated, I’ll vote for the Democrat. But if Karrin Taylor Robson is nominated, I will happily vote for her as I am a Republican. The same applies for Secretary of State and U.S. Senate races.

    The Mark of Trump is the Mark of Cain.

    I don’t know these people so to an extent I have to differ to your knowledge of the candidates. Are the policy and/or cultural positions of the two candidates radically different? 

    I guess what I am getting at is would you ignore a candidate that you found to be significantly more in line with your own thinking on the issues ( a superior candidate) and vote for an inferior choice just because of a Trump indorsement?

    • #29
  30. hoowitts Coolidge
    hoowitts
    @hoowitts

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    The Mark of Trump is the Mark of Cain.

    Seriously?? This is a troll…right?

    • #30
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