As Joe Biden continues to flounder amidst his Afghanistan debacle, a startling phenomenon – one rarely seen in Washington in the modern era – is occurring. Instead of coalescing around the President, top administration officials and many within his own party’s power circles have instead seemed to not-so-quietly abandon him. Last week for example, just hours after Biden claimed that al Qaeda no longer existed in Afghanistan, the top spokesman at the Pentagon said that the terror group did in fact still have a presence in the country. Additionally, instead of backing up Biden’s comments about no one being able to foresee the disaster, top intelligence officials have privately told reporters that they tried to warn Biden about the shortcomings of his withdrawal plans weeks ago.
Other usually loyal institutions outside the administration have gone even further, openly criticizing Biden and questioning his hold-on-reality. Congressional Democrats have not shied away from voicing their displeasure with the President, and academic elites have gone so far as to label him “incompetent.” Even the liberal media, Biden’s most important and steadfast political ally, suddenly have begun questioning Biden’s leadership. A CNN reporter on the ground in Afghanistan called Biden’s pullout a “failure,” the New York Times ran a story calling out Biden’s “inaccurate claims,” and an article from The Atlantic last week ran with the headline “Biden’s Betrayal of Afghans Will Live in Infamy.” Indeed, questions like “is the president aware of what is happening?” or “is Joe Biden all right?” are no longer confined to conservative media.
So, why does it appear that the Left is engaging in public attacks on Joe Biden that are permanently damaging to his credibility? Why are those same people who spent the better part of the last 18 months promoting Joe Biden as an “adult” and “steady” presence ready to rescue the country from a dark Trumpian era now so conspicuously dissatisfied, even disenchanted with the job he’s doing?
However far-fetched the thought might once have seemed, the possibility now seems at least plausible that the Democratic establishment and the media and tech giants have decided that they have gotten all the use they can out of Joe Biden, and it’s time to help the public move past the bumbling presence that brought America one of its greatest national security disasters and global humiliations. And that the way to do that is to advance Vice President Kamala Harris – through a Biden resignation forced on him by party leaders – into the presidency. If that is the case, Republicans would be wise to be prepared with a coordinated response that doesn’t lose focus of the real threat to American life – not Joe Biden, but the extremism of the Democratic Party.
Certainly, a Joe Biden resignation is still unlikely at this point, however seriously he has been damaged by the Afghanistan disaster and the public loss of faith in his leadership and competence. The office of the presidency, after all, holds an immense amount of power, even in the face of a united front from the media and corporate America. And those institutions haven’t openly called for Biden to step down – yet.
However, some Republicans have begun quietly discussing a potential scenario where Biden would resign, and Kamala Harris would take over. Such a situation is not inconceivable should the crisis in Afghanistan worsen or be compounded with another of similar magnitude. Biden’s rapidly declining mental acuity has been well-documented, and leading Democratic figures could conceivably use that as an excuse to push Biden aside, especially with renewed questions about his health.
With Democrats’ prospects for retaining control of Congress looking increasingly dim, some leaders within the Democratic Party may also come to the conclusion that their chances are better with someone else at the helm, and they may move to oust Biden either prior to 2022 in an effort to salvage Democrats’ chances of retaining their majority or following next year’s election as backlash to a potential Republican sweep.
Either way, it’s no secret that all the power centers within the progressive movement would’ve much preferred someone like Kamala Harris to Joe Biden in the first place. Biden was simply the placeholder in order to prevent Bernie Sanders from securing the nomination, a much better bet to defeat Donald Trump until someone like Kamala could take control. The situation in Afghanistan may then serve as a useful foundation upon which to subtly build the narrative that Biden is no longer fit to be President – thus achieving the original goal of someone like Kamala Harris taking charge without having to face American voters with her name at the top of the ticket and endure the scrutiny that would be given the public record of someone who was once the single most left-wing person in the US Senate other than Bernie Sanders.
If it is President Kamala Harris before 2024, Republicans must understand – and convey to the American people – that Biden’s resignation is only further evidence that the media establishment and Big Tech believe they can manipulate the public into turning on Joe Biden and accepting a replacement that is more capable (they hope) of furthering their left-wing agenda. If Biden is pushed out by the Left, it is only to further their extremist policies. Instead of attacking Biden for his incompetence – after all, his general foolishness and incompetence have been evident for decades – the GOP should remain focused on exposing the tech and media moguls who conspired to protect Biden and hide his mistakes from the public, thus enabling his rise to the top of American politics when he was woefully unqualified to hold the most powerful elected office in the world. Biden’s breathtaking hard-left turn after taking office and his close work with Schumer and Pelosi on an essentially socialist agenda are evidence of the gratitude he felt toward the extremist liberal forces that finally got him the presidency after his own spectacularly unsuccessful attempts in the past.
In short, Republicans should understand that Biden’s potential resignation is not about Biden at all, but is rather about the fact that the same forces which conspired to propel Biden past Sanders in last year’s Democratic primary now believe their best chance of maintaining power in 2022 and beyond is by ditching Biden for Harris. For the ruling class that now dictates its orders to the Democratic Party, Biden’s constant gaffes and mismanagement of numerous crises have now threatened their control on the levers of power, and thus Biden has got to go.
Such a messaging strategy should be easy to implement – after all, it is only a matter of relaying a truthful narrative that the American people would already intuitively understand. One of President Trump’s greatest rhetorical assets in 2016 was his ability to effectively convey the corruption and deceit of elites. Unlike politicians before him, he told the truth about how the political class as a whole was not serving the interests of the American people. Similarly, GOP House candidates in 2020 who told the truth about Democrats’ socialist policies and “defund the police” movement dramatically reduced Democrats’ majority in the chamber.
Trump and these GOP candidates have shown what have always eluded the GOP’s highly-paid but frequently unsuccessful class of political consultant and strategists on Capitol Hill. During the 2020 campaign, Trump actually explained to the public why congressional Democrats who were pledging to work across the aisle in a spirit of bipartisanship were going back on their promises and voting for radical legislation as well as refusing to disavow all the fringe groups and causes that were part of the Democratic Party culture and agenda.
With his use of the term “corrupt bargain,” Trump made it easy for Americans to see why Democratic members of Congress so greatly feared well-financed primary challenges from the progressive left that they agreed to place the priorities of the most extreme faction of their party over that of their own constituents. Trump’s term is even more effective now given the fact that Democratic members of Congress who are already trying to refurbish a moderate image are still faced with their own irradicable, far-left voting record since the Biden inauguration. That voting record shows they were and are political hostages of the most radical forces in their party.
Republicans have been at their best when they’ve simply laid out the facts and let the American people see for themselves the disastrous results of Democratic governance. No matter who occupies the Oval Office, whether its Biden, Harris, or any other stand-in to advance the radical, big-government policies that are at the heart of the modern Democratic Party, the GOP would likely be wise to stick to that playbook ahead of 2022 and 2024 – the future of the country may depend on it.
“Extremism” has always been the one characteristic the public finds most disturbing about any politician. And thus, a Harris presidency – whatever temporary respite it gives Democrats from the Biden blunders – affords the GOP a chance to drive home how the Democratic Party is now controlled through a corrupt bargain by extremist liberal forces in the ruling class.