Carter 2.0 or Obama 2.0?

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    As Biden's approval rating continues to sink- the inflation rate keeps increasing-the MSM has given up on Biden admitting that yes, Biden is a lot like Carter.

    There's a new parallel that is forming between Biden and the 44th president Barack Obama. But first we must catch up on Biden and Carter.

    The 38th and 46th:

    This is a story from the June 5 edition of Politico that informs us that “Morale inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is plummeting amid growing fears that the parallels to Jimmy Carter, another first-term Democrat plagued by soaring prices and a foreign policy morass, will stick.”

    Ouch!

    Here's another article from the 2nd of June from the Boston Globe, with the headline “From stagflation to the ‘misery index,' some economists fear a 1970s redux.” Stagflation obviously is the result of a combination of high stagnation of economic growth. And the “misery index” is the total of the rate of inflation and unemployment rate. Yes it has increased since the Biden administration took office.

    In 1976, candidate Carter employed the misery index against Republican incumbent Gerald Ford. But the following year, the Globe added “Republican Ronald Reagan turned the same metric against Carter and stagflation felled another president. Now, the misery index is rising again amid warnings of another bout with stagflation, raising the prospect that the economy could be turning into That '70s Show.”

    Oh, no! Another Carter comparison and an eerily sassy recall of the 1970s' stagflationary. The hits continue to come. CNN compared Biden's dire analysis of the economy which was made public on June 16 and Carter's “malaise” speech of 1979. Here's USA Today giving him enough slack: “That's not to say Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter. At least not yet.” The paper continues, “The misery is real. Americans are hurting. And Biden has bungled one of the most important jobs he was elected to do.”

    This is all taken from the MSM. Just imagine what they're telling you elsewhere. Why they are probably saying they think that Biden could be an unlucky one-term politician, and therefore shouldn't run again. Oh Wait! That's the top story newspaper of The New York Times, reporting on June 11 in a revealing article which claimed that Democratic leaders have been “increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.”

    In a defensive manner, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated on the 13th of June that Biden actually does intend to run for president again. And on the night of June 13, on CNN, Don Lemon asked her “Does the president have the stamina physically and mentally, do you think, to continue on even after 2024?” This is what we are able to see: the MSM continues to try to push Biden away from running for re-election, and the public has backed him-a new YouGov survey revealed 64 percent of respondents don't wish for him to run for re-election. So, prudent Democratic politicians, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, are taking care to be very cautious in their comments about Biden's future. Indeed, when a May 29 poll indicates that a staggering 85 percent of Americans believe that the nation is on the “wrong track,” it's not just Biden's fate that we ought to be concerned about.

    But in the present moment, the economy has become the biggest issue for Biden, beginning with the issue of the rising cost of living, which is largely due to the rising cost of gasoline. As Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) states, the Biden administration has not yet allowed expanded American energy production. On July 15, a group of fourteen Republican State Attorneys General filed a court-filed brief to stop the Bidenites from taking any further action to undermine American power independence. One Republican AG, Montana's Austin Knudsen, said “The Biden administration has been working hand in glove with these radical environmentalist groups to shut down American energy development.”

    That brings us to a fascinating question. Why do you think this Biden administration is having such difficulties doing what's best for its own interests? After all, Biden wants to get elected again, which means cutting down on the rate of inflation and fuel prices. After several months of deliberation, on June 22nd, Biden requested Congress accept the three-month break from the federal tax on gas. The reaction of the powerful Democrats in the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill was cool; which is why you can see it was the story headline of Punchbowl News: “Dems pan White House call for gas tax holiday.” Politico said Biden's call “fell as if it was flat.” While back in the White House, Biden aides were working hard in the background on more plans for climate change.

    In reality, without the kind of coordinated campaign that the White House doesn't seem able to launch, the gas tax holiday could not be a reality. As The Hill reported on July 1st, the Biden plan is said to have “highlighted internal party divisions heading into the final months of the midterm campaign.” Oh, no. Very Carterian.

    What's the deal? Why is there this confusion? A word from the field of political science summarizes the issue: disjunction. It means the inability to put your, um, ducks in a row. This helps to explain why, for example, even today the Biden administration is pushing for its middle-class-destroying climate agenda, looking to the censorship of climate critics. No one from the top has ever been told by the Green Deep State to ease up. That's why when Biden declares that we should increase gasoline supply, and Biden's administration is working tirelessly to restrict supply: it's the disjunction.

    To be sure, the biggest source of administration disjunction is Biden's habit of saying things that are not U.S. policy. Whereupon his staff has to clean it up–by one count, 13 times.This ping-ponging makes the administration look scattered, even as it reportedly rankles the scatterer-in-chief. NBC News reports, under the headline, “Inside a Biden White House adrift”:

    Biden is discontented with the pattern that has been established within his West Wing. He makes a clear, concise statement, only to have his aides hurry to clarify that he was referring to something different. The “clean-up” campaign, his advisers tell him they are not doing, hurts him and reduces the credibility that fuelled his ascendance. More importantly, it feeds the Republican talking point that he's not completely in charge.

    There's another similar report by CNN: “Biden looks powerless when crises begin to engulf him.”The report notes that, as Biden's boat is sinking into water, his aides aren't able to bail the ship out. Instead they're “pointing fingers at each other for whose fault it is.”

    There's a second issue that is threatening Biden: his age. Now, the MSM is very active on this issue and is determined to use the age argument to persuade Biden to stay out of the race. The Atlantic used the appeal in its own snarky manner and concluded by presenting a condescending explanation of Biden having no intention of running “He should be thanked up and down the Rehoboth boardwalk, ice-cream cone in hand, sooner rather than later.” As of now, Democrats up for reelection in 2022 are trying to stay alive by not talking about Biden and advertising themselves as a defender of a broad Washington “dysfunction.” And just last week, on June 28th, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), who is the incumbent in the swing seat, declared that she did not like Biden entering her district to promote her. In fact, as Biden's approval ratings fall to a 30-year-low (as low as 31, according to a new poll)  we can anticipate numerous weaker Democrats are likely to say, “Joe Who?”

    In the time he was president from 1977 until 1981, Carter faced the exact same issues: He wasn't able to craft an unambiguous and consistent message. During difficult times, his popularity plummeted to the point that his staff was fawning over the president, Democratic office-holders hid from him, and the main media slammed him, frequently focusing on his new-born Christianity.

    So now that Biden's time to fall, his tone in the media is reminiscent of the criticisms of Carter. Here's Jack Shafer, a seasoned journalist at Politico, taking down Biden's June 2 gun control speech to the country:

    Unless you're currently one of Pastor Biden's congregation, his remarks, his expressions of sadness and emotional pleas for help came across as the typical Democratic Party white noise. Filled with positive intentions, but driving into a linguistic dead-end, Biden sounded like a poor Aaron Sorkin speech. Why did he even bother to make a speech?

    Take note of the mocking mention of “Pastor Biden.” That's the kind of joke that was made of Carter.

    Incredibly, Carter himself was and remains a moderate liberal. Why? He's even pro-life and, as Carter declared in the year 2018 “I have never believed that Jesus would be in favor of abortion,” other than in very rare cases.

    However, as president, Carter could not communicate his moderation towards the American people.I nstead at his White House, he came appearing to be just another liberal. A major issue in the days of Carter was energy costs. And when it came to energy costs from the beginning, Carter sounded more like the current Elizabeth Warren than any sort of moderate. In the beginning during his time in office, October 13th, 1977, Carter claimed that U.S. oil firms were trying to get “the biggest rip-off in history,” of attempting to “rob” American consumers, as well as accusing them of “war profiteering.” For the sake of historical accuracy we should remember that we weren't fighting any war in 1977. Moreover as with Carter, Biden has a long track record of demonizing oil companies. Indeed, Biden's latest rant has caused CNBC's Jim Cramer, no enemy of Democrats, to bemoan, “that harks back to an era of Jimmy Carter.”

    That's one of the reasons Carter was struggling like Biden this morning, he wasn't able to send out a consistent message. The poly sci term that summarizes this is disjunction.

    Another element of the problem with Carter was his vice-president Walter Mondale. Mondale was a Minnesota Democrat who was guided by the ultra-liberal Hubert Humphrey. Which means that Mondale was a tax collector and a spending shrew, with an early-modern side. Here's the shocking example of anti-Americanism: “The sickening truth is that this country is rapidly coming to resemble South Africa,” Mondale stated in 1971. He also said that “our apartheid system is all the more abominable for being a sham and unproclaimed.” Now it's the same things that AOC would have said today.

    In reality, Mondale was indistinguishable from the more famous liberal George McGovern.

    Thus, when Carter decided to pick Mondale for his running mate in 1976, it was an obvious sign that the candidate, Carter, was joining the liberal D.C. swamp. Moreover, Mondale was already a senator from Washington for over a dozen years, and was aware of the rules of the swamp.

    So, during the transition into the White House, Mondale made his move, grabbing huge authority from Carter who, prior to that, was not a frequent visitor out of Georgia. Shrewd administrative operative that Mondale was, the new vice president accepted his alliance with the newly elected president via a memo Carter accepted. At the same time the Carter administration was populated with Mondale Beltway types–and so the idea that Carter brought ideas that was originating from the Heartland was discarded.

    This rise to vice-presidential status is referred to as the “Mondale model.” As Al Hunt wrote about Mondale's administration during the Carter presidency:

    Carter and Mondale became partners. They regularly lunched, as well as the vice-president was assigned not only for specific assignments, but also a part of every decision-making and policy discussion. “He had unprecedented access to the president,” was the opinion of Richard Moe, who was Mondale's chief of Staff.

    That's how moderate Jimmy Carter became liberal President Carter. And in 1980, following 4 years of stagnation, the country was not in need of liberals. So the country was back in Plains, GA for Carter who had never quite understood what he'd been getting himself into.

    The 46th and 44th:

    Back to today. Mondale has long since gone, yet another wake-up call from a liberal who is haunting Biden. Here's an intriguing perspective on Biden's status quo by David Samuels who is a writer and editor of Tablet, which describes its contents in terms of “a new read on Jewish life”:

    As far as I can tell, the person who is responsible for the primary guidelines that govern U.S. government policy commutes between his residence in Kalorama and his home in Hawaii in the process of becoming a billionaire. But it is prohibited to talk about him. Good luck in finding even a single report on how the former president of the United States communicates with his colleagues at the White House, while he is a whirlwind on private jets of billionaire pals, talking about Joe Biden.

    Gee, it sounds similar to Barack Obama, doesn't it? So who's claiming this, David Samuels? He's not a straight-left-winger. As an alumni from Harvard University, he has published two well-loved non-fiction works and was a frequent editor at Harper's Magazine, and has contributed to The Atlantic and The New Yorker before joining Tablet.

    However, do you think Samuels is right in his description of Obama's influencing, and even domineering, position within Biden's White House? Obama certainly has an unusual relationship with Biden.Yes the vice president was chosen by Obama in 2008; however, it's been extensively said in the media that Obama did not intend for his vice-president running for the presidency in 2016. Obama was reported to have stated that he did not want Biden to “embarrass himself.” And during Biden's 2020 campaign Obama was reported to have declared, “Don't underestimate Joe's ability to f__ things up.”

    In the past year, Tablet's Samuels discussed the current role of Obama in the interview with Edward Luttwak the well-known defense expert. In the interview, Luttwak responded by reminiscing that “In the Obama White House, everybody made fun of Joe Biden.” Luttwak said, “The people who made fun of him then are now staffing the Biden administration.” This kind of secretive influence echoes the manner in which Mondale worked in his time in the Carter administration.

    Luttwak slammed one Obama staffer, specifically “Susan Rice” as one who was mocking Biden all day long. Every moment that Biden would want to make a comment, “Susan Rice would cut Biden off and treat him with contempt.”

    Hmm. Susan Rice. There's a name that we all remember. She was a key player prominently during the Obama administration for eight years. She was first serving as the ambassador for the United Nations, and then between 2013 and 2017, she was the national security advisor.

    However, she's frequently in the news as she is employed as Joe Biden's chief of domestic policy. It might be odd that an ex- Biden adversary ended up having an important post within Biden's West Wing? Luttwak added: “Obama insisted that he has to have Susan Rice in the White House.”

    One could conclude that Luttwak does not like Rice. But, aside from Luttwak's feelings, it's not surprising to think that Rice is a domestic policy advisor for Biden. In all fairness, she earned a Ph.D. in international relations after which she spent thirty years working on foreign policies. What is the reason she is acting as Biden's domestic policies advisor? Doesn't Biden have any of his own loyalists to perform the task? There is evidence that suggests Rice was hired for a reason that was not related to her friendship with Biden or her skills as a domestic policy Czarina.

    After the Samuels-Luttwak exchange was made public, The White House responded in its usual manner, urging Politico to create an exaggerated piece praising… Rice. In the piece, Rice is highlighted for her many accomplishments. It also includes Biden at least once or twice giving Rice an attagirl: “Senior aides say Biden's trust in her is so profound that she can see him whenever she needs to.” The piece does not contain quotes from Biden himself, however.

    And with Rice and others in mind, could there be a chance that Samuels as well as Luttwak could be right when they claim that Obama has created an unison network that resembles Mondale inside and around the Biden White House? If they're right, and this is still an Obama-Biden or at least Biden-Obama White House, then that could be the reason that self-described “Middle Class Joe” ended up becoming a woke man like Obama. As we all recall, Obama during his time in the White House was big on making up avant-garde social grievance issues.

    Since then, Obama has kept it up. Last month, Obama celebrated the life of George Floyd, praising his “new generation of activists” inspirated by the murdered felon. We could say that the “new generation of activists” includes Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Woke indeed. And we continue to see how Middle Class Joe comes out in the form of Woke Joe. Perhaps we now understand why he is being dissuaded by Obama. Just on the 20th of June, Middle Class Joe said about the gas price scandal: “We have a chance to make a fundamental turn toward renewable energy, electric vehicles, and across the board.”

    However, Obama's shrewdness and wit has done Biden very little favor with the general public (even the fact that Susan Rice and Barack Obama are nodding in agreement). Now it's time to open the floodgates regarding Biden's political future, with an extensive list of influential Democrats decrying Biden's presidency and debating his future. And an overwhelming 70 percent of Americans say that they do not want him to be a candidate for a second time.

    One-termers aside, the Biden-Carter parallels continue to come up: Last month, Biden fell off his bike. These things do occur, but back in the late 70s they were happening to Carter as well.

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