Don’t you hate it when people say, “I told you so”?
It’s especially galling when they’re right.
“Oh, but at least Biden acts like an adult. At least he will reestablish an atmosphere of normality in the White House.”
The problem with trying to assess the Biden administration is that none of our usual metrics work any longer.
The last I checked, his approval rating was 30 percent. Thirty.
Still, the free fall we are witnessing is too rapid for our usual instruments to register accurately.
We also stood by and did nothing after 13 U.S. servicemen were murdered by irate locals.
Afghanistan was a line in the sand.
Since then it has been one disaster after the next.
So many, it's hard to keep track.
Our southern border? Essentially gone.
Inflation? At a 40-year high.
Gas prices? At historic highs.
The economy? Stuttering to a standstill or worse. We just had two quarters of negative growth; i.e., we're in a recession.
Our foreign policy? A joke.
And the punchline to that joke?
It wasn’t so long ago that Biden described MBS as a “pariah.”
Even a few weeks ago, he said he wouldn't meet with the smooth but deadly de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.
But that was before the reality of high gas prices in the United States swam into the consciousness of the leader of the free world.
Biden came away from that tour with—nothing.
But Biden’s real reason for going to Saudi Arabia was to rattle his tin gas can.
Wouldn’t the Saudis please, please, please pump more oil so Biden could seem to be trying to do something about gas prices?
The answer was no.
Here’s a suggestion: The next time Biden wants more oil, forget about the Saudis, the Iranians, and the Venezuelans.
Save on airfare and go to Texas and Oklahoma.
Open the Keystone pipeline.
Renew the drilling leases in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
Energy independence is a "Made in the USA" product.
It can't be found among pariah states (if I may reuse that useful adjective) of the world.
But this sad tale is merely a prolegomenon to the big question facing the Democrats and the entire country (and hence the world).
I almost feel sorry for the Democrats (emphasis on the adverb).
They are saddled—rather, they have saddled themselves—with a disaster.
They pushed this corrupt, incompetent, senile fool on us.
Now they must pay the price.
As the commentator Glenn Reynolds put it back in December, “The ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency.”
“If disaster ensues, the people who openly bragged about their efforts to install the Biden administration may wish they had kept quiet.”
Indeed. But that’s for later. For now, what are the Democrats going to do?
With every passing day, that becomes more likely.
The question is, how will they do it?
It’s a knotty problem, because at issue is not just Biden.
There's also Kamala Harris to think about.
Biden has shown himself to be a disaster.
Unlike Britain, we can’t have a vote of no confidence.
If the president must go, the vice president takes over. If the vice president must go, the speaker of the House takes over.
What could it mean?
The Democrats hope they can somehow lay the disaster they have created at Biden’s feet—and his alone.
Only thus might they salvage something—not much, but something—in the midterms.
I don’t think they will be successful in their efforts to drive a wedge between the man they moved heaven and earth—well, many truckloads of ballots, anyway—to install as president and their own radical program, full of climate change nonsense, sexual perversion, and anti-American animus.
Biden is the drooling, incoherent face of the Democratic Party.
Rip that off, and there's another one underneath just like it.
I won’t say, “I told you so.”
But, please, pardon me if I think it to myself.