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The Hur report’s continuing fallout for President Biden

by | Feb 13, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Since last week’s release of the Hur investigation, which probed  how President Joe Biden’s handled classified documents,  defenders of the President have alternated between saying Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report was a hatchet job (even though it was Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland who called him out of retirement) or the media’s fault for the way they handled the most damaging of his findings—that Biden was a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” and “diminished faculties.”

Of the latter—the angry instance that the media was making a mountain out of a molehill—the National Review Online’s Jim Geraghty dismissed it as a coping mechanism to ignore the brutal truth that overwhelmingly the public doesn’t believe Biden is up to the task:

These folks seem to think that if the media didn’t cover Biden’s age, Americans wouldn’t notice. In the ABC News poll, 86 percent of Americans think Biden, 81, is too old to serve another term as president. That doesn’t reflect the mainstream media brainwashing Americans into perceiving Biden as too old. That reflects Americans having eyes and ears.

On Monday, Politico ran a piece on how Democrats could  politely ease Biden out of the race []. After a long explanation of the minutiae, the bottom line is “The truth is that a backup strategy can only be deployed if Biden voluntarily steps aside — or is physically unable to stand for nomination.”

So? Charlie Mahtesian and Steve Shepard offer various scenarios for “a path that enables him to leave with dignity and on his terms.” The chances of any of them playing out are slim to none. Biden is too stubborn, the options hopelessly complicated.

One other interesting piece came from Sara Pequeño. Writing for USA Today, she scolded Biden under the headline “Somebody tell Biden 2024 is here and he needs to step up his election campaign game.”

All Biden needed to do what run like mad on the abortion issue [“Biden can win by focusing on abortion rights”] and convince the country they shouldn’t believe their lying eyes—Bidenomics” is succeeding [“Bidenomics is working. Why isn’t Biden leaning into it?”]

Good luck with that. The headline in the Democrat-friendly New Yorker reads “Bidenomics Is a Political Bust for Biden: On the perils of running a feel-good tour of America when the country is down in the dumps”.

More tomorrow.

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