“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.”
― Ronald Reagan
The 2022 midterms have emerged as a Rorschach test—anger, disappointment, finger-pointing on the Right, and typical self-satisfied smugness on the Left. There are lessons to learn on both sides.
Lingering in the back of everyone’s mind is how a president with such low approval ratings, high inflation, discontent among the electorate, high crime, and failures across the board escaped a midterm wipeout.
The answer is easy. Biden wasn’t blamed because Biden wasn’t really there.
So far, the Democrats have managed to eke out slim victories in 2020 and 2022 with candidates who are so bland no one even knows who they are. They have been deliberately hidden from view. They weren’t chasing votes. They were dodging debates. They were appearing here and there on cable news, many of them attending to their social media presence. Just like Biden isn’t there. That somehow works out better for the Democrats, better for The Party.
If this is the way forward, there is no reason a barely-there Biden can’t run again and win.
.@gstephanopoulos: “Do you think President Biden should run again?”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 13, 2022
The Democrats don’t really need a president, as it turns out. They can run things just fine with a guy who is barely there. They have become a hive mind, in total alignment with the media, social media, and a new class of corporate wealth that relies on the “woke” religion the Democrats are mandating to keep themselves in power.
John Fetterman is the perfect example of someone who had some individuality initially. A charismatic oddball from the Bernie Sanders faction of The Party who beat moderate Connor Lamb. He would have probably been a pain for The Party had he never had a stroke. But ironically, the stroke made him a perfect fit. They hid him like they hid Biden, to bank enough votes to pull in a win in Pennsylvania.
Does that mean he’ll do what they tell him to do like Biden does? Maybe. Maybe he’ll heal from his stroke and become their biggest problem. Nancy Pelosi said that she counted on Biden to give her whatever she wanted:
The few times Biden has seemed to have gone rogue, he’s bungled things so badly he nearly takes down the whole ship, like the exit from Afghanistan. But in general, Biden drifts around, is told what to say, garbles his words now and again, and functions as an over-indulgent grandpappy who lets the kids eat ice cream before dinner.
This election wasn’t about Biden, not on the Left. Women turned out, young and old, because abortion was on the table. The Democrats have aimed much of their policies at the Zoomers, like abortion, transgender rights, and climate change. But what drove them to their polling station on November 8th was to vote for candidates who would codify Roe.
If we elect two more Democratic United States Senators, President Joe Biden will sign the protections of Roe v. Wade into law.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 6, 2022