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The Campaign of Delusion

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Here are a few signs of a losing campaign:
       No. 1: Poll denial.
       No. 2: Inability to shift course.
       No. 3: Celebrity cameos.

Welcome to Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign.

The Biden campaign is rife with simultaneous panic and poll denial. According to Politico, “A pervasive sense of fear has settled in at the highest levels of the Democratic Party … anxiety has morphed into palpable trepidation, according to more than a dozen party leaders and operatives.” Meanwhile, according to Axios, “President Biden doesn’t believe his bad poll numbers, and neither do many of his closest advisers.”

Here’s the problem: the polls consistently show Donald Trump ahead in the swing states. According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Trump is running substantially up in Arizona (+4), Georgia (+4.8), North Carolina (+4.8) and Nevada (+5.4); he’s running ahead slightly in Pennsylvania (+2.3); and he’s running even in Wisconsin and Michigan. He can lose Wisconsin and Michigan and if he wins the rest, he’s president of the United States.

What’s more, Joe Biden’s campaign has shown a remarkable unwillingness to shift course. Biden ran as a moderate in 2020, against the radical socialist Bernie Sanders in the primary and then against the purportedly unhinged Trump in the general election. That neutral image, combined with changes in the voting rules that led to an extraordinary explosion of mail-in turnout (22 million more people voted in 2020 than in 2016, an utterly unnatural increase), led to Biden’s victory.

But Biden has pursued a different strategy as president. He is now widely perceived as divisive rather than uniting; his politics have swung sharply to the left; his leadership, which was always weak at best, is now perceived as completely maladroit. What’s even worse, Biden’s personal irascibility has risen to the fore as his presidency has stalled out; he barely leads Trump in the polling data as to whether he cares “about the needs of people like you.”

That problem for Biden — the widespread belief that Democrats are disconnected from the voting public — isn’t unique to Biden. Between 2016 and 2023, Morning Consult polling shows, Americans’ views that Democrats care about “people like me” dropped from 43% to 31%; meanwhile, their view that Republicans care increased from 30% to 39%. A Democratic Party that (SET ITAL)doesn’t care about people(END ITAL) is a Democratic Party in shambles: the Big Government Party has always thrived when it has connected its heavy spending with the image of an open heart.

But Biden can’t shift course. He has apparently decided to double down on the Barack Obama 2012 campaign, which relied on heavy turnout from sympathetic voting blocs rather than an appeal to moderates. That worked for Obama, but it hasn’t worked for literally anyone else: Obama was a unique commodity in politics, not a model for future application. Yet Biden continues to pander to his far-left base, seeking middle ground with pro-Hamas voters in Dearborn and trans activists in Madison and BLM radicals in Philadelphia, in the vain hope that they will spur him to victory.

They won’t. And so the Biden campaign is calling out the big guns: celebrities. This week, the Biden campaign, saddled with an 81-year-old, half-senile candidate, trotted out an 80-year-old, half-senile actor — Robert De Niro — to lecture the press outside Trump’s campaign finance trial. It felt like the tired gasps of an asthmatic campaign.

What could Biden do to right the ship? He could start recognizing reality: that if he loses moderates, he loses the election. He could start siding with America’s allies rather than catering to those who undermine them; he could begin speaking the language of individualism rather than intersectionality; he could take action to solidify our southern border rather than whining about the supposed racism of his opponents.

But he won’t. So he’s in real trouble, even if he refuses to acknowledge it.

Ben Shapiro, 39, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and co-founder of Daily Wire+. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website.

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lawrence greenberg
lawrence greenberg
14 days ago

We are now suffering under the most corrupt, criminal, treasonous – and incompetent – administration in this nation’s history. Everyone knows Braindead Joe is WAY behind and will lose in any kind of fair election. But for those who still haven’t caught on, Joe lost in 2020 also – by a lot. The fraud and cheating was monumental in scope and volume. The only states that have done anything serious about election integrity since the theft of the 2020 election are Florida and Texas, and to a lesser extent, Georgia. That means that virtually the entire fraud/cheating machine that stole the 2020 election is still in place. Are you getting the picture yet? The reality that Joe is WAY behind means nothing because they are going to cheat again and get away with it again. We are in so much trouble…

Joe
Joe
14 days ago

Nice article Ben, but why are you offering suggestions to Joebama on how to right the ship???? We want this traitorous bozo OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!

Al B
Al B
14 days ago

Can a “Republican” DA seat a Grand Jury and charge Joebama with “Election Interference” after he claimed his drug addict son’s lap-top was Russian collusion? Just asking for a friend!

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
14 days ago

Its this country’s lack of honest reporting. I overheard my Moms CNN where a commentator (don’t know who, sorry) described Biden election difficulties: he started saying “worst economy in…” but stopped himself saying instead “…economic challenges…”. Journalists are nothing more than Democrat booster clubs and every “breaking news” report a pep rally!

Joyce
Joyce
16 days ago

Everyone leaves out a very definate element in this election. God! God does not need an election to put a president in office and He always wins!!!

Letts Brandon
Letts Brandon
15 days ago

Any democrats left alive after our President Trump is returned to office should be charged with election interference.

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
13 days ago

The leftist democ rats claim that justice has been served,not yet,not until obama,bidens,soros and gang and the rest of their misfit group have been tried for treason,and give them a”fair”trial,unlike PRESIDENT TRUMP,then,”lock em up”.

Joane4justice
Joane4justice
13 days ago

The Dem campaign is devious, sneaky and illegal. I can’t fathom that they would block a good candidate by using a fake deliberately biased trial that we all know is intended to politically block and brand TRUMP AS A FELON!!!! A DESPERATE, SICK ATTEMPT TO WIN THE ELECTION.. EXAMPLE HOW LOW and SICK THIS STUNT IS !!!! THIS DIRTY PARTY IS ATTEMPTING TO WIN ELECTION TO CONTINUE THEIR QUEST FOR TOTAL POWER AND CONTROL!

John Shipway
John Shipway
14 days ago

Yeah, but Ben bro……..Brandons been your man as far as your fellow Zionists mass slaughter of Palestinian women and children. No love for ole Joe for those unbelievable crimes against humanity? As Greta Thunberg might say it……”how dare you”?
Maybe ya need to take the weekend off and just ponder lovingly the bronzed foreskins your family Bris Rabbi gnawed off the tiny winkies of the Shapiro male children. Then perhaps re-think your feelings about our esteemed leader.and disgrace the AMAC site yet again with your scrawl.

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