Approval rating, legitimacy, consent of the governed. These words mean different things. But they are linked. The consent of the governed is needed to provide legitimacy to a government. And if the approval rating for a leader, edges down to a third of the voters it starts to look like the consent of that country is evaporating.
I think what we are seeing is America turning its back on Dementia Joe. A quarter of his term is over and he has shown himself to be dishonest, dangerous and incompetent. America doesn’t know how to get rid of Biden but they want him to go away. As a proxy for that we will take away his legislative enablers, the Democrat majorities in the House and Senate. This will force him to rely on executive orders to perpetrate his crimes against the Constitution and the American people.
Now this has happened before. In fact, most presidents lose seats in congress during the off-year election. Probably Obama is closest to Biden’s case in terms of paying for his progressive overreach during his off-year election in 2010. He is closest but not close. Biden is a very special case. Not since Carter have we had a president who ignited an economic disaster as Joe has with the runaway inflation now afflicting the working people of America. And when you combine that with the other two plagues; rampant urban crime and COVID tyranny; and with the fact that he sounds like a dementia patient, what you get is a someone who is not a credible leader. And when that happens people no longer give him the benefit of the doubt.
I think an example of this was how the AP reporter started challenging the State Department spokesman who called a press conference to announce the supposed Russian false flag operation against the Ukraine. The reporter refused to take the spokesman’s word at face value and asked for some kind of proof of his allegations. And even the usually compliant jellyfish at CNN and MSNBC are beginning to push back against the more patently false statements and lame explanations that the administration feeds them concerning inflation, crime and other ongoing catastrophes. So even his usually dependable stenographers are showing incredulity at the bolder lies being distributed.
But it’s more than that. A large and growing percentage of Americans are done with this president and his administration. They want a solution to moving on from this dysfunctional mess we’re in. It’s like when a mayor has betrayed the police force in his town and the police respond by turning their backs on the mayor at a formal ceremony. It’s a vote of no confidence. The American people have no confidence in Joe Biden. They don’t like him. They don’t trust him. And they want him to go away.
But how to get rid of him? Even after the mid-terms we won’t have anywhere near enough senators to convict him during an impeachment trial. I think it requires a two thirds majority. And even if we did, we’d end up with Kamala Harris which would be equally if differently bad. We’d have to impeach her too and then we’d end up with the Speaker of the House which would probably be Kevin McCarthy. And that wouldn’t be much of an improvement.
So, we’ll be in a bad position for three more years. We’ll be stuck with Biden. The damage he’ll be able to do will be somewhat limited but he’ll continue to harm us every way he can. He’ll allow illegal aliens to flood the country and he’ll use executive decrees to undermine the laws that are supposed to protect us.
But at least no serious person will pretend that he’s anything but the lying, crack-brained, crooked creep that he’s always been. There won’t be any more applause or even polite silence. It will be derision and hatred for the rest of his miserable and despised term in office. Let’s go Brandon.