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Biden hits rock-bottom in his attacks on Republicans

by | Sep 13, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Electoral prospects will inevitably change over the next six and a half weeks, so drawing any tentative conclusions is dicey. But to gin up their base and persuade the public that Republicans are horrible people, President Biden and Vice President Harris are indulging in demagoguery of the first order.

To be sure, politics ain’t beanbag. You’d expect a president with rock-bottom approval ratings and a vice president just as unpopular to lash out. But…

Take President Biden’s latest attack at where he “was speaking at a Democratic National Committee reception in a swanky Boston apartment,” according to the Associated Press’s Zeke Miller.

“If we lose the House and we lose the Senate it’s going to be a really difficult two years,” he told a crowd of about 30 donors and guests. “I’ll be spending more time with the veto pen than getting anything done.”

Fair enough.

Then there was this:

In his remarks, the president also took aim at the “MAGA Republicans,” continuing his sharp attacks against former Republican President Donald Trump and his supporters, an effort that has emboldened Democrats across the country ahead of the election.

Reading the official White House transcript of his remarks, you see that Biden lashed out again and again. “It’s about the right to vote,” President Biden said. “It’s really about democracy itself.  And I don’t think that’s hyperbole.  It’s about democracy itself.”

And then, he dove for the cellar. According to CNN, “It’s not just Trump,” he went on, “it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the – I’m going to say something: It’s like semi-fascism.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Biden to apologize. “President Biden has chosen to divide, demean, and disparage his fellow Americans – Why? Simply because they disagree with his policies,” McCarthy said in his speech. “That is not leadership.” 

Of course Biden didn’t apologize.

Given his attack mode presidency, Biden has the perfect vice president. Harris spoke September 10 at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting. Read all of what she said carefully but especially these passages

And, you know, our President — our President, Joe Biden, he’s been clear.  He’s kind of done with those archaic Senate rules that are standing in the way of those two issues.  He’s made that clear, and has said that that — he will not allow that to obstruct those two issues. 
And, you know, for me, as Vice President, I’m also president of the Senate.  And — (applause) — and in our first year in office, some of the historians here may know I actually broke John Adams’s record of casting the most tiebreaking votes in a single term.  (Laughs.)  How about that? (Applause.)  How about that?
And so, that being the case, I cannot wait to cast the deciding vote to break the filibuster on voting rights and reproductive rights.  I cannot wait.  (Applause.)  Fifty-nine days.  Fifty-nine days.

Well, it’s now it’s 56 days until the November 8 elections and Biden and Harris have laid out in block letters what their party will do if they win additional seats in the House and especially the Senate.

Will we meet the challenge? I am confident we will.

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