AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris
In less than two weeks, President Joe Biden is slated to give his second State of the Union Address in what will be a pivotal moment of his presidency and potential reelection bid. The narrative Biden’s camp will likely try to push is that it is congressional Republicans who are being unreasonable for not embracing every policy Democrats suggest. But the version of “bipartisanship” that Biden will ask for in order to break the “partisan gridlock” is one where both parties obediently accept the edicts emanating from the Oval Office.
Both the substance of Biden’s remarks on February 7 and the media’s reaction to them will provide critical insights into the direction of the 2024 presidential race and the rest of Biden’s term as well. If Biden is going to make an attempt to turn his presidency around and flip the script on his catastrophic first two years in order to make the case for another four, it will have to begin with his State of the Union Address.
Biden’s speech on the border earlier this month and sudden focus on “border security” likely provides a glimpse into what this shift will look like. After refusing to travel to the border and denying that there was even a problem at all, Biden suddenly decided the crisis was worth his attention. He announced several executive actions which he pretended were aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration – but which in fact amounted to a new amnesty plan. He then attempted to pin blame for the border crisis on congressional Republicans, who had just spent two years trying to force the administration to fix the disaster that Democrat policies had created.
Americans can expect a similar play from Biden when he takes the podium for the State of the Union. Facing a new Republican House and a desperate need to resurrect his image with the American people, Biden will feign a desire for bipartisanship while also shirking blame for the many crises his stubborn refusal to engage in bipartisanship has created.
Just as the border crisis is supposedly not Biden’s fault but rather the result of a “broken immigration system,” and just as high gas prices are allegedly not a result of Biden’s sabotaging of the American energy sector but rather the war in Ukraine, so too will the president claim that every other problem facing the country is the fault of congressional Republicans, who just took power a few weeks ago.
But in order to have any hope of pulling off such a messaging scheme, Biden will need the acquiescence of his longtime allies in the media and the Democratic establishment – something that may not be 100 percent assured.
The rest of the Democratic ecosystem is also at a critical juncture in the lookahead to 2024. With Biden now increasingly hinting that he plans to mount a bid for a second term, the mainstream media in particular has shown signs that they may not be willing to drag Biden across the finish line as they did in 2020.
In the fallout from the classified documents scandal, several normally friendly outlets have run pieces critical of Biden. The Washington Post pointedly noted the “pitfalls” of the White House’s strategy to deal with the fiasco. The New York Times ran a headline that Biden “miscalculated” in his response to the revelations. Maureen Dowd, also of the Times, even floated the idea that some Democrats may be “rethinking” a Biden 2024 run in an interview with Nancy Pelosi.
Those criticisms continue a not-so-subtle pattern that began emerging last year. In July, a New York Times opinion piece openly stated that “Joe Biden is too old to be president again.” CNN’s Van Jones and Don Lemon both explicitly questioned Biden’s fitness for office on air last June. Other attacks on President Biden that were previously confined to conservative platforms have also begun appearing in liberal outlets. New York Magazine, for example, published a piece last September on “The sordid saga of Hunter Biden’s laptop.”
The media reaction to Biden’s State of the Union Address will provide perhaps the clearest sign yet of how the Fourth Estate might look to shape the 2024 race. If they respond with the over-the-top gushing about Biden’s speech like in 2021 and 2022, praising it as “great” and “unifying,” it is likely that they are fully invested in a Biden 2024 bid.
However, if the reaction is much more muted, and words like “old” and “frail” are used to describe the address, it will be the media’s signal to Biden that he has lost their backing.
Even without the media’s support, Biden may not be deterred from another presidential run. After all, serious questions about his mental fitness and ability to campaign did not deter him in 2020. But without the excuse of a pandemic to hide in his basement and absent the allegiance of the media class, Biden may suddenly find himself facing a rather difficult road back to the White House.
Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_.
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And I hope that Kevin McCarthy has the guts to rip up the speech just like Pelosi did with Trump. I know at least some Republicans and most Conservatives know that “two wrongs don’t make a right”, BUT it would be awesome to throw that right back in the Dems faces. Come on Kevin, do it!!!!!!
Would be a stupid and childish move, looking like nothing but a four year old going Na Na Na Na Na Na.
Why executive actions, Joe, that you “pretended were aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration – but which in fact amounted to a new amnesty plan”, especially since we already have immigration laws on the books that you and your party refuse to enforce!! This is NOT something that you, Joe, can pin on the Republicans! You chose to stop the building of the wall, you chose to ignore and to not enforce current laws!! The extra millions of illegals in our country now are all on you, Joe, and your Democrat minions!! You better not try to push amnesty on Americans for the purpose of legalizing the millions of illegals that you allowed illegal entry with a vote buying scheme!!
Run Joe Run! Let’s Go Brandon! Who Flung Poo?
The only thing I want to hear from this lilly white, elitist, back-slapping country club racist is “I resign my office”. But then that leaves Kamala in charge… God help us.
Why would anyone listen to a total perversion of the true state of the union. Look at this eyes. He will be drugged up and will appear coherent at the start but will decline as the drugs wear off. All Republicans that attend should stand with their backs to him when an applause line is scripted. I will not hold my breath however. Let’s go Brandon!
The Dems and media will gush all over Brandon. He could be on a ventilator and still get unending support.
The hypocrite Crook N’ Chief should be in prison giving an admission of quilt speech for stealing classified documents, etc. instead of standing in front of Congress! These untouchable elite privileged unlawful criminals never face real punishment for their crimes. Two sets of standards and justice. Sign of a lawless culture/society in which history says leads to anarchy and the down fall of a nation.
If Jackass Josef looks like a duck, Quacks like a duck, he is a duck!
The American people are not as stupid as the Biden circus claims. We know the truth and live reality daily. If they do their normal propaganda show, they are wasting precious time. Start telling the truth and work for America’s future.
Liberals Democrats do nothing more than play to the cameras. They are a choreographed farce, calculated to make them look compassionate, when, in fact, they are bleeding the country dry. The people need to wake up and see them for what they are.
Maybe that is why they are so enthralled with Hollywood. They all want to be actors and movie stars! Sounds like a bunch of fantasizing immature kids.
For Joe to actually believe that bipartisanship means that everyone just agrees and accepts the White House’s edicts is absolutely ridiculous!!! The whole point of this country was exactly NOT that!! There is supposed to be compromise, discussion, negotiation and one party doesn’t get everything they want!!! But it seems that Democrats just always want their way about everything and that’s not good for the country!!!!! We have already gone too far away from that scenario and I just hope we can find our way back!!!
I doubt that there will be many truths spoken by Biden in his speech!!
He will lie to his media and make the media look like clowns. He can’t or won’t tell the truth. He Never tell the truth. The people of USA know the truth. I hope the joke is on him, after he has taken a wrecking ball to our Country and continues.
Another SATAN BLOOD RED backdrop with Marines in background for DICTATOR Beijing biden LYING again about how great everything is which we ALL know is a LIE.
Get ready for his FANTASY WORLD LIE about him STEALING SENSITIVE HIGHLY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS WITHOUT NATIONAL SECURITY CLEARANCE or AUTHORITY.
He will blame everybody else for his THEFT.
Lucifer must be proud of DICTATOR Beijing biden and Communist harris and Socialist/Communist/WOKE Cult party.
Didn’t watch the FASCIST DICTATOR for first one and won’t waste my time watching this one.
NOT into SATANISM/Socialism/Communism/Woke, or FAKE News.
By the way. Where’s the $86 Billion in Military equipment and weapons and ammunition that DICTATOR Beijing Biden gave to the Taliban in Afghanistan when he SURRENDERED to TERRORIST and got AMERICANS Killed and Abandoned the rest of AMERICANS?
C’mon man, he locked the garage. LOL
But did he lock the Corvette? I’d rather steal that then a box of TS documents!
Sure , but Hunter can enter w/ his Chinese friends through the house to the garage….door.
How can we possibly trust a person who applauded a $.85 reduction in the price of gas this year, when he was responsible for a $3.00 increase in gas last year … the emperor is, indeed, buck naked.
The gas price has been steadily on the rise since 12/15/22. An increase of $1.35 cents a gallon here in Colorado. Eggs have tripled in price. Many other groceries prices have increased 25% to 35%. We now have a National debt of 31TRILLION. FJB!
FJB… and the Chinese!! Our problem is that we produce nothing –China does.. BEND OVER!! We are screwing ourselves!!!
We are just another communist country taking advantage of the cheap slave labor! The U.S. companies want to produce all of the high profit margine products and let China do the rest. But then, the Chinese do not care about quality or safety. Their ancestors will be rolling in their graves knowing that there is no way to “save face” from the actions they are taking now.
Some of the cheaper brands and items I buy have went up 80 to 90%.
I know it’s very frustrating to listen to Biden chronically telling lies, while he pretends to be doing what is best for our country. Often, I catch myself getting so agitated that I start screaming at the TV, which is broadcasting Biden’s deceit and hypocrisy. However, I personally think it is good to keep up with Biden’s latest verbal misrepresentations. That way, I am better at communicating objectively to all of my ignorant relatives and friends who are still living in a fantasy land in which President Trump is bad and Traitor Joe is good.
But MANY people BELIEVE HIS LIES. The Blk community still supports him and white liberals ,also!!
Personally, I can’t see wasting my time watching Joe Biden read a speech that someone else wrote for him and that he won’t even remember 5 minutes after he’s done. I have better things to do with my time, than watching a stream of lies and misrepresentations from a dementia patient who needs to medicated at least a few times a day just to make brief public appearances.
The MSM will of course declare Biden’s message of “unity” (do as I say or I will sic the DOJ, FBI, FTC, FCC or any other federal department or agency that his handlers deem necessary on you) yet another example of why Democrats are so wonderful. We all hopefully know how this will play out, without the need to put ourselves through the pain of seeing Biden demonstrate to the rest of the world why he shouldn’t be anywhere near any seat of power. At the same time the MSM will continue the message that Joe should consider stepping aside for 2024. It’s all highly choreographed theater at this point in Washington.
In the last 2 years Biden has not addressed any of the issues that most Americans care about. What makes anyone think he is going to change directions. He learned from the best political actor, Obama, that you just say what sounds good without any intentions of changing anything.
100% agree except that I don’t believe Biden has any intentions whatsoever. He’s simply a talking puppet ensconced in the Oval Office because he is so easily controlled.
Cloward & Piven is what they intend…Destroy America–Look it up! Also , Agenda21 and Agenda 2030!!!! Look it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wake up America!1
He didn’t intend to as his payoff is CHINA!!!He is bought & paid for w/ the Biden Cartel Money Laundry Business.!!
Trump WARNED of the Trojan Horse at his Rallies and people didn’t listen. Trump also WARNED of the “Snake”…but not enough people paid attention!!
We are paying a hefty price for IGNORANCE!!
What’s the bet on when the first gaffe will occur? I say one minute thirty in.
Maybe he’ll read the stage directions again (“repeat this line”).
Dummy might “dirty” his diaper.
I cannot watch him speak one sentence let alone a whole speech. His dark beady eyes are evil!!!!! He gives me the creeps!!!!!
Oh how I agree with you!! He wrinkles his forhead and looks like his devil horns are popping through! He looks and is EVIL. And his lies show how much he hates AMERICAN’S. We are being replaced by Migrants.
You’re both so right! He’s ghastly to look at, very spooky looking. I cringe when I see his sideways slit mouth.
Someone said “eyes are the window to the soul.” Slow joe’s are usually either BLANK or beady.
Mostly BEADY…maybe it’s the face lift ..maybe just evil at work!1
Creepy Joe…..that’s him.!