Joe Biden

Biden Is Not Trump. After a Year, That's No Longer Enough.

Things are getting so bad for Democrats that some are starting to wish for Hillary Clinton to return to politics. Yikes.

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To provide an idea of how disastrous the Joe Biden presidency has been after a year, consider the latest news from The Wall Street Journal. Hillary Clinton, who is one of the least popular and most annoying political figures in our country, is plausibly considering a comeback presidential run to fill "a leadership vacuum in the party."

Even more head-spinning—Clinton is starting to sound sensible. Republicans traditionally viewed a Clinton presidency as a victory for the Left. Now Clinton may be the best hope for Democrats to reclaim the middle ground. Democrats must do some "careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat…is going to win," she told MSNBC.

To quote Ross Perot's running mate James Stockdale in the 1992 vice presidential debate, "Who am I? Why am I here?" Well, we're here at this juncture because Biden forgot Bill Clinton's lessons from his 1992 and 1996 presidential victories—and from his Arkansas governorship, where he honed his folksy and successful approach.

Elected at age 32, the so-called "Boy Governor" tacked too far to the left, was booted from office two years later, recalibrated in a "third way" direction and then served 10 years as chief executive in Little Rock, before going on to win the presidency. OK, this is supposed to be a column about Biden's first year in office, not about the Clintons.

It's not looking good for the Democrats. The latest Quinnipiac University poll gave Biden a 33-percent job approval rating, which is his lowest to date and is below Donald Trump's rating a year into his term. Low numbers are not a big surprise given soaring inflation, out-of-control federal spending, and Biden's failure to get the coronavirus situation and spiraling crime under control.

Oddly, Quinnipiac found that "50 percent of Americans say the job he is doing is about what they expected." I understand those numbers given that my expectations for his presidency always were low, given his lackluster Senate career and uninspiring presidential campaign. Like other Americans, I was OK with him because he's not Donald Trump.

Biden has lived up to that low bar. He hasn't given comfort to white nationalists (think Charlottesville). He hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up suspects. He hasn't built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election.

Biden has told his share of whoppers—but they're of the normal political variety rather than of the "we'll create our own version of truth" kind that his predecessor specialized in. I find emotional political movements to be dangerous, and—unlike with Trump—Biden has no throngs of followers willing to arm themselves or invade the U.S. Capitol.

Quinnipiac's most disturbing finding is that 58 percent of Americans believe that "the nation's democracy is in danger of collapse." Nevertheless, Biden doesn't seem to understand that his victory—and, no, Trump wasn't actually the winner because of voter fraud—came with a modest mandate to smooth over our fractured political divisions.

The main problem is that Biden, whose Senate career epitomized don't-rock-the-boat establishmentarianism, is governing like a cross between socialist Bernie Sanders and incompetent Jimmy Carter. After his first 100 days in office, NBC News interviewed progressives who were surprisingly giddy at the new president's priorities.

"Biden has been incredibly responsive to the progressive movement," one New York City congressman told the news service. "I don't think (liberals) would have been better if Bernie Sanders was the president," said a union leader. Progressives are thrilled with Biden's multitrillion-dollar spending plans, his efforts to hike the minimum wage and movement toward government-run healthcare.

This government spending, of course, has (along with pandemic supply issues) led to inflation not seen since the Carter era. "The US producer price index, which tracks what America's producers get paid for their goods and services on average over time, rose 9.7 percent last year, not adjusted for seasonal swings," CNN reported. Americans are grumpy as we pay unfathomable amounts for gas, groceries, consumer goods and homes.

Meanwhile, the administration is "doubling down on a form of cultural liberalism that seems tailor-made to alienate centrists," the Financial Times explained. Few Americans are comfortable with Democratic "wokeness." With Vice President Kamala Harris so unpopular that the White House has relegated her to meaningless tasks, that sets the stage for a 2024 Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump nightmare.

There's time for a reset. The Bulwark's Charlie Sykes argues that Biden needs some Sister Souljah moments—referring to when Bill Clinton, at a Rainbow Coalition meeting, rebuked a rapper's vile rhetoric. In other words, Biden needs to forcefully smack down crazy progressives on his own side and reassure mainstream voters.

After a year, simply not being Donald Trump isn't enough.

This column was first published in The Orange County Register.

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  1. It was never enough.

    1. Took the words right out of my mouth.

      1. Good to read Greenhut beating off to all the Orange Man Badness before telling us that he got what he voted for.

        1. Reason learning into these harsh realizations about the nature of the Biden regime is a lot like when an unruly teenager runs away from his parents home and stays with a friend, only to discover that they ran into a household even more dysfunctional than theirs.

          And now they are trying to come back home, but without apologizing, and having learned nothing.

          1. If the parents are replaced with better, more civil ones he may come back.

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        2. His Orange Man Bad is so over the top, and his arguments are so comically retarded, I suspect he's doing it on purpose in order to rile up the readers and to get comments, not just clicks. All of that without jeopardizing his invitation at the (virtual) inside the beltway cock-tail parties.

      2. It must have been while you were kissing me.

        1. It was long ago, and it was far away, and it was so much better than it is today.

          RIP, Eddie. Now what’s for dinner?!

          1. Not meatloaf

            1. Now were stuck with Hamburger Helper.

              Sad. : (

    2. No rational person should have ever considered it enough.

    3. This column was written by a dyed-in-the-wool, big-D Democrat.

      He's trying really, really hard to convince us that he sees the bigger picture, that there are some alternatives that would be worse, that radical course correction is necessary-- and by inference, even possible.

      "There's time for a reset." What a bunch of complete and utter horseshit. This administration is done, finished, kaput. Their majorities will be utterly wiped out come November.

      The absolute best we can hope for is that global bad actors won't see a rudderless American government as an opportunity for mischief. But we won't be so lucky.

      Fuck Joe Biden, fuck this administration, and fuck Democrat leadership for at least six years, starting right fucking now.

      1. “The absolute best we can hope for is that global bad actors won't see a rudderless American government as an opportunity for mischief. But we won't be so lucky.”

        Too late. The Norks have resumed missile testing and Putin has 100,000 troops amassed on the Ukrainian border that Biden just gave permission to for a “minor incursion”.

        1. And Iran laughing as biden tries to revive their deal while threatening to assassinate Americans domestically.

          1. You forgot cancelling US energy independence while begging OPEC for oil

        2. I don't know what he and Putin discussed but the Biden regime oked the Russian pipeline to make Europe dependent on Russia and has withheld aid, including lethal aid for Ukraine twice. Then his minor incursion comment to top it off. Maybe Putin has a job for Hunter.

          1. Cobalt mine.

            Cobalt being necessary ingredient for EV batteries.

      2. I'm a lot more worried about the totalitarians at home than about foreign adversaries

        1. Exactly. I have no doubts about political targeting through state sponsored violence.

        2. Same as it ever was.

          1. “Same as it ever was.”
            Well the Talking Heads on TV these days are A LOT worse!
            (But hey—that’s all water flowing underground)

            1. Uh, those are Talking Rectums.

          2. No, not the same.
            You're in for a really rough surprise if you think it is.

        3. True, but the actions of foreign adversaries are too often used opportunistically by totalitarians at home.

      3. Greenhut is a California Republican. He used to be somewhat libertarian-leaning, until Trump was elected.

      4. Absolutely correct. Trump is the better chief executive. He follows the owner’s manual our framers gave us.

        1. Bidets setting it on fire. The Assweasel just got struck down again in TX over his damned vax mandate.

          Losers do that..

          FJB

      5. ""There's time for a reset."

        Not now.

        " 0- 0 - 0 - Destruct"

        Too late.

        Killary can preside over the wreckage.

      6. "Their majorities will be utterly wiped out come November."
        I wouldn't be so sure. Between the steady demographic changes in the US and widespread mail in voting, I am not sure the Democrats will lose too many elections in the future.

        1. The guy who came up with that theory about demographic drift giving the Democrats a "permanent" majority has said that his model is now broken. Biden is *SO* bad that he's seriously eroding support from Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians for the Democrat party in general.

          1. Hes SO bad the Water carrying MSM are admitting it.

            Or is it really him?

            Critical question.

            Or is it their radical agendas came unwound bc of their Plandemic Panic?

    4. Indeed. Way too many people convinced themselves that not-Trump was all that mattered.

      1. And Reason did their utmost to convince them.
        They then did their utmost to coverup a completely corrupted election.
        Reason is fucking Stalinist trash.

        1. Everyone covered up the corrupted election. The fact that every case got thrown out of court is proof right there that literally everyone was in on it.

          1. Except for all the cases that weren’t thrown out liar.

          2. "The fact that every case got thrown out of court"

            Oh really? When and where did this happen?

            Remember folks, sarcasmic is totally not a Democratic Party shill regurgitating dishonest talking points. He swears it. Just ask him.

          3. It is amazing how ignorant you remain. 2 dozen cases did not get thrown out and ruled election changes illegal.

            1. When sarc first heard cases were being thrown out, he went dumpster diving.

          4. Very good point. Naysayers speak to lawsuits not adjudicated on the merits. The courts were closed.

      2. It was " anyone but Hillary."

        Look where that got us...

        "Another day older and deeper in debt"

    5. Guess I should have read all the comments first!

    6. Among reasonable people that's true.

    7. Fuck Joe Biden.

    8. I was hoping someone had pointed that out.

    9. Greenhut is should be writing for the NYT or some beltway mag rag like the Atlantic. Man, how much mental masturbation can you hope Corn Pop turns it around. He isn't Trump..seriously that is all you got bolshie boy? He isn't a "white supremacist"..oh my playing that game huh? Trump made me cry? Let's see how old Corn Pop did..like FDR he took a bad idea (Hoover's small "new deal") and put it on speed ("infrastructure and covid" money printing insanity) with the result of a massive inflationary problem. He decided anyone who was right of Troysky and actually believed in the Constitution..you know the part where the Federal Govt does not have any jurisdiction outside the few rights it has...was a domestic terrorist. God forbid as a parent you ask why the property taxes you are paying to subsidize the educational complex are used to tell your kids they have some marxist view of "original sin". FBI will through you in prison. "White supramacy" is everwhere but never defined..but if you disagree with the DIE ideology you are..well a domestic terrorist.

      Steve honestly as a libertarian Trump was 1000% better than Corn Pop. Unless its dealing with your libertarianism..open borders and foreign interventionism along with a few cups of Big Tech censorship.

      You really should think about writing for Salon. Trump would have been much much better than Corn Pop and this coming from someone who thought Trump a joke. Corn Pop is worse..he is dangerous to my liberty

  2. Every Eric 'Birdbrain' Boehm article must be read with this in mind.

    ERIC BOEHM
    Reporter

    Who do you plan to vote for this year? I am currently not registered to vote in Virginia, where I live. If I change that before the election, I will vote for Jo Jorgensen—unless I believe there is a chance that Joe Biden will somehow fail to win Virginia, in which case I will vote strategically and reluctantly for Biden.

    Putz.

    1. His article is just as bad as that quote. He actually someone defends his choice even after a year of Biden.

      1. Remove the word someone.

    2. Koch-funded #LibertariansForBiden knew exactly what they were doing in 2020. Drumpf's draconian anti-billionaire policies (like "border enforcement") were bad for their benefactor Charles Koch, so any Democrat would have been an improvement.

      #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    3. Except this is even worse: Steve Greenhut, the main reason I no longer subscribe to the OC Register.

      1. It was confusing since I am guessing Boehm posted this, since the front page has his name attributed to this article. The only reason I click on it was too see the comments (not a big Boehm fan, even when I agree with him).

        1. So that's why I thought boehm also. Got so confused.

      2. Why is the Volokh blog in Reason? Can someone explain the financial relationship with that Neocon pro authoritarian site in Reason? I'd really like to know.

        1. In order to disguise themselves as something other than a frenzied superstitious mob of witch-burners, christianofascist goons have adopted a habit of trying to mimic economic liberals (Reason libertarians) because they hear we must be different from the communists who collect dried fascist ears. In order to make the cross-dressing passable, mystical looters will give up anything except the initiation of force.

    4. ONE vote is hardly " strategic."

      Rather self important view IMO

    5. That is throwing away a leveraged, law-changing spoiler vote over cowardly reaction to what Kleptocracy stalking heads broadcast over their own corporate media. Voting for either looter faction always wastes the equivalent on another 2 dozen votes expressing an uncompromising preference for freedom. To encourage this, the looters slipped a communist anarchist onto the LP ticket to cost Jo 8 years of progress.

  3. After a year, simply not being Donald Trump isn't enough.

    It took you a year to figure that out? You might get better results if you hold politicians to higher standards before you vote for them.

    1. Who knew Biden would be like this!?!

      1. If only there was somewhere one could go to see his plans. Like a campaign page or something.

      2. >i>Who knew Biden would be like this!?!

        Everyone.

      3. Everyone who was paying attention. He was a punchline and a laughingstock from 1988 right up until 2020 when Bernie made those comments about how good a job Castro did with public health care, and the democrats panicked and stampeded to the altar with the other senile old shitbag.

        They assumed he’d at least have competent people around him. They failed to realize that an incompetent buffoon’s inner circle will be composed of other incompetents. The good ones leave. Tony Blinken stays.

        Looking forward to at least a few more months of laffs before it gets so bad and so obvious that they have no choice but to suddenly realize he skipped the cognitive assessment and 25-skidoo him out the door. Then it’s Heels Up Harris for 2024!!!

        1. They’ll push him down the stairs at the two year mark, then Kamala completes his term(maybe) and could constitutionally run for two terms.

          But Kamala is a millstone. The sooner she assumes the presidency, the sooner she fails.

          1. No need to push. Just whisper " 12 year old girl at 9 o clock with strawberry scented hair" when he's at the top of the stairs and let Gravity do the rest.

        2. No way they oust Biden prior to giving Kamala the boot.

          When she goes that will be the sign he is done.

  4. "Now Clinton may be the best hope for Democrats to reclaim the middle ground."

    Only in Eric's fantasies is she the middle of anything. Remember your history Eric, this woman wanted to be the one woman dictator of nationalized health care.

    1. She is a return to normalcy. Erics primary metric, not actual policy analysis. Just what is accepted among his cocktail party crowd.

    2. She campaigned for the war against “super predators.”

      She acknowledged Robert Byrd, (D & KKK) was her mentor.

      1. So exactly what is off brand for a Democrat about either of those?

      2. That was from a speech in support of the big 1990s crime bill. Who was the point person in the Senate for that? Some balding dolt, I seem to recall, who didn’t want his kids raised in a racial jungle.

        Find the exact center of gravity for the Democrat party, and you’ll find Joe and Hill are already there taking up space.

  5. Not a chance for the retread; Michelle Obama / Pete Buttigieg is the best they got, since all that matters is intersection box checking. Look at how well the giggling whore turned out.

    1. Giggling whore? That’s being generous. Cackling whore is more appropriate.

      1. I'm confused.

        Is HillDog or Heels-Up the Cackling Whore?

        1. They’re both cacklers, but I’m only aware of one of them smoking cock to further her career.

          1. HilLIARy always called in the second-string
            cockswogglers to maintain her career.

            1. More of a cackling pimp then.

        2. Hills the Lezbo candidate.

    2. Buttigieg is damaged goods now with all the empty shelves. Can't you see Harris and Biden just selling him down the river later too?

      1. He was all excited over the wrong man-dates.

    3. I’d rather have a giggling whore than a corrupt DA with an abusive track record against minority defendants who opportunistically became a woke police defunder! DOH!!!!

  6. Youre almost there Boehm. Can you say he has been worse?

    This was the worse rationalization of someone posting their L i have ever seen.

    Which policies of Joe's have been remotely good eric? The fact you still can't say it proves you care more about appearance than substance in politics.

    1. This is Greenhut, not Boehm.

      1. Yeah. Not sure why I read boehm. Boehm is still terrible. Greenhut is worse.

        But this article is fucking shit. Worst post of an L ever.

        1. I stopped reading when he parroted the Charlottesville lie. That is my line in the sand. If you mention that you are a liar and I will not take you serious.

          1. Someone decided, like, 50 years ago, that any Republican they want to consider to be so is automatically white nationalist. So they can label any of them as that, and the evidence they give is, "Haven't you heard? S/he's a white nationalist."

            1. One of the reps on the dem side just called Sinema and Manchin the voices of white supremacy last night.

              1. On the house floor.

                1. Which is, you know, better than on Twitter.

            2. For the record:
              Jefferson Davis was a democrat.
              George Wallace was a democrat.
              Bull Connor was a democrat.

              1. For the record:
                All were "Big D" members of the Democrat Party, Democraticly selected by fellow Democrat Useful Idiots to Democraticly lead other Democrats in their version of the Democrat Process.

                1. i know this is just going to butt hurt the lefty clowns here, but Martin Luther King was a Republican.

                  1. And LBJ was a racist asshole.

            3. And white nationalists are the biggest terror threat in America. Hence, Republicans are the biggest terror threat in America. Well played, Democrats.

          2. "I stopped reading when he parroted the Charlottesville lie."

            Yeah, that ends my ability to even pay attention any longer. No need to say "I don't actually know what I'm talking about" when you write about Charlottesville. as Steve did.

        2. It was originally posted under Boehm the Birdbrain byline.

          1. You think he was screaming at IT to fix it to Greenhut?

            1. They are both totalitarian hivemind cancer who should be hung from a lamppost alongside their masters, so doesn't matter.

    2. Can’t climb down from the ivory tower. The fuckheads like the reason staff would rather be miserable than have their feelings hurt. This is the price we pay for raising a generation of pussies.

  7. "Things are getting so bad for Democrats"

    Don't believe that wingnut.com disinformation. According to the leading economics expert in this comment section, the #BidenBoom is the best ever and the only "inflation" is the extra dime you pay for a pouch of spittin' tobaccy.

    Furthermore, Biden delivered the vaccine and shut down the virus like he promised. He liberated and dismantled Orange Hitler's concentration camps, freeing kids from cages. And most importantly from a Koch / Reason libertarian standpoint, the Biden economy is concentrating wealth at the very top with unprecedented efficiency — the 10 richest Americans gained a combined $324 billion in 2021.

    #BestFirstYearEver

    1. And OBL, what about POTUS Biden's stupendous, splendiferous, and amazing multi-hour press conference? Any comments from you on his performance? 🙂

      1. He was just sandbagging that little bitch Putin. Without a doubt, Smokin Joe is ready to come out swinging. He damn near stomped a UAW employee during the campaign. Remember the guy he challenged to a pushup contest? He's an amazing leader that won't be pushed around.

        1. Did you catch the part of his press conference when he was bragging about being able to stand up so long and joked about doing some push-ups?

          1. It was especially hilarious when you realize the joking about his stamina was actually a way to complain about how long he had been there.

      2. It was like watching someone fail a field sobriety test.

  8. Meatloaf bit it.

      1. We know what he is listening to while downing a cube of beast ice tonight.

        1. He was hoping others would join in with more puns.

        2. I thought he drank Night Train and MD 20/20. Or toilet wine. I’m not sure if toilet wine can be made in an alley.

          1. Allen’s Coffee Brandy is his thing

            1. No way his drunk ass can afford that on a regular basis. His daily go to drink is MD 20/20 for sure. Maybe he can afford Brandy for a weekend right after his welfare check shows up, but the rent on his refrigerator box in that piss soaked alley cuts into that too.

    1. Amazing since he was such a fine example of physical health.

    2. His name was Robert Paulson.

  9. Biden needs to forcefully smack down crazy progressives on his own side and reassure mainstream voters.

    Why would Biden do this? Better yet, why does he need to? The "crazy progressives" are the shock troops of the party. They drive the policies. They control the narratives. They take over the important conversations. The progressives always understood that Biden was soft and malleable, and easily controlled. That is why the gathered behind him at all.

    The problem with your assessment, Mr. Greenhut, is the assumption that Biden is accidentally fumbling into a love affair with progressivism, when the reality is that he was a Trojan horse from the very moment he announced his candidacy. He was the fall back "moderate" through which radical progressive policies could be pushed. The alternatives were so "crazy" that Biden's extremism actually appeared "moderate," a standard trick in politics.

    Biden is not going to forcefully smack down the progressives, or gently, or at all. The end.

    The notion that Biden was a "moderate" that needed to be embraced was a bald faced lie sold by a complicit media, Reason included.

    1. Greenhut probably still believes that the violence in 2020 was mostly peaceful, was only caused by police brutality, and only coincidentally occurred in the year leading up to the election.

    2. They are still under the fusions belief the left wasn't open and clear about their plans. It is amazing.

      1. Delusional belief*

    3. "Why would Biden do this? Better yet, why does he need to? The "crazy progressives" are the shock troops of the party. They drive the policies. They control the narratives. They take over the important conversations. The progressives always understood that Biden was soft and malleable, and easily controlled. That is why the gathered behind him at all."

      So fucking THIS.

  10. Hillary vs Trump 2024-didn’t think I’d see Trump win in a landslide.

    1. Trump won because he's not Hillary. Biden won because he's not Trump. If there's another Trump vs Hillary rematch in 2024 I think he'd win again.

      1. So at least 8 more years of your bullshit. Great.

      2. And your alcohol induced screeching would be glorious.

      3. "Biden won because he's not Trump"

        A theory completely inconsistent with Trump's significantly improved electoral metrics in 2020 vs 2016

        1. Yet he lost anyway. Why? No, not because of a global conspiracy. Because millions of people who may not have otherwise voted went out to vote against him. That and people like me who used to hold their noses and vote GOP when not voting L decided to stay home.

          1. Also the boxes of ballots at 3 am.

            1. For Leftists like Sarcasmic such things are just part of the process, legitimate or not.

      4. Trump won because he's not Hillary

        No. That's what the media--and it's mouthpieces, like Reason, said, but when you got out there you could see that people were voting FOR Trump, cheering, screaming and voting.

        And Hillary garnered little enthusiasm.

        Biden didn't win. He garnered even less enthusiasm than Hillary. Again, when you got out among the people the impetus was nothing BUT Trump.

        1. How do you win the presidency when you can't even get crickets to show up to your rallies?

      5. Gary won by taking the popular vote away from the Trumpanzee™ while defeating Clinton. Jo won by knocking the Trumpanzee™ out of the race at the electoral college level. Trumpanzees™ now insist on violence, girl-bullying, asset-forfeiture looting and insider financial crime by tipping off DEA pals and buddies as to when an asset confiscation is about to cause a liquidity crisis in financial markets. Biden's goons insist on the exact same things, but leave girl-bullying for Jesus off the list.

  11. I don’t think even Reason understands how deeply the far left woekism has infiltrated education, science and other institutions. I saw a list of student clubs for the public middle school included gender and sexuality and “young activists”. This is stage 4 cancer and there is no way to smack it down. Certainly not be anyone in the Democratic Party who are owned by them.

    1. Republicans prosecuting the Wars on Buzzes, Beer and Broads from 1920 until FDR and Hitler were sworn in were surprised as all get-out that as dry dictator Hoover wrecked brokerages and banks, communist party membership increased 700%. Their original solution was Nazi Bund, Silvershirt, Klan and Christian Front alliance to gather guns and demand FDR be impeached as a traitor. Sound familiar?

  12. Did Greenhut ever say what was bad about Trump? He seems to take it as self-evident.

    1. His writing seems full of conclusions-by-convention, such that Carter was "incompetent", rather than that he pursued positively bad policies.

    2. FTA

      Oddly, Quinnipiac found that "50 percent of Americans say the job he is doing is about what they expected." I understand those numbers given that my expectations for his presidency always were low, given his lackluster Senate career and uninspiring presidential campaign. Like other Americans, I was OK with him because he's not Donald Trump.

      Biden has lived up to that low bar. He hasn't given comfort to white nationalists (think Charlottesville). He hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up suspects. He hasn't built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election.

      1. So mostly lies.

        1. It's frustrating that HyR publishes this stuff that we can't even trust the basic facts from.

      2. Greenhut means he hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up provoker agents at one of his rallies. But he's just fine with throwing those misled by provoker agents into the dungeon.

        The amazing thing is that Biden has peddled conspiracy theories and cozied up to dictators, and is trying to rig future elections. The cult of personality he has no chance to build, because his personality's a mean one. And

        But the most hilarious thing to count against Trump is that he's been impeached. Stop hitting yourself, huh?

        1. Yep, after Republicans take over Congress I hope they impeach Biden a dozen times, then every media outlet will be forced to say how terrible Biden is and how unprecedented it is to see a President commit so many crimes.

          Oh no, they'll just say Republicans are abusing impeachment for petty partisan quarrels, which is totally different from what Democrats did to Trump.

      3. Somehow the sentence got lopped off where I point out that while neither Trump nor Biden enacted a Muslim travel ban, Biden seems just fine with travel bans in many states.

        1. Brandon did enact a brown people ban from SA for a hot minute.

      4. Some of us expected him to do a bad job.

    3. Oh god. I think we had 4 years of that.

    4. "built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election."

      That's Greenhut's complaint. Mainly stylistic politics. You know who else has a cult of personality? Kim Kardashian. That in and of itself doesn't make her worse than Biden. All the rest is just hyperbolic silliness.

      1. Biden rides the cult of convention and cult of collective neurosis, far worse than any "cult" of personality

      2. Trump's cult of personality has transformed the Republican party from something I could hold my nose and vote for now and then into His Party. I doubt I'm the only one who no longer supports what was a party of principles that now has only one principal. Dude isn't even in office and he still runs the party.
        Contrast that with Biden who likely won't even be nominated to run for a second term.

        1. Yes, we're all pining for the glory days of the 2000-2016 GOP.

          1. At least they had a party platform instead of whatever the bombastic buffoon bloviates that day.

            1. Yes, a party platform of starting wars instead of ending them. Creating regulations instead of repealing them.

              1. Libertarians for the federal government DOING SOMETHING!

            2. Please put the Shlitz Malt liquor down.

        2. You were homeless. Nobody wants your vote or input on anything

        3. You think the Republicans were a party of principles?!? LOL

          1. Compared to the cult of personality that they are today, yes.

            1. You never supported republicans. You’re a democrat all the way.

              1. I doubt he’s a Democrat. I imagine sarcasmic finds the Democrats way too far to the right for his taste. When you ideologically stand to the far far far totalitarian left, even Nancy Pelosi and Ronald Reagan seem to both off to the right, far off in distance.

            2. What do you call wokism, if not a cult of personality?

              1. Postmodern Nazism

        4. "Trump's cult of personality has transformed the Republican party from something I could hold my nose and vote for now and then into His Party."

          So?

          I mean seriously- Ron Paul created a cult of personality too. Who cares? The question is what policies they are going to enact. Trump was bad on some stuff (Tariffs, Immigration), great on others (Regulation, War, SCotUS) and mediocre on most everything else. Biden hasn't done anything of value to this country.

          1. What does the Republican Party represent anymore, other than the whims of Trump? I don't think anyone knows. He doesn't even know.

            1. LOL that's what you're going with these days? Gonna reinforce Biden's cluelessness with your own?

            2. what policies did they pass idiot? You can look at useful metrics like reality instead of the useless ones you seem to use being the media narrative.

        5. A party of principles that you have to hold your nose to vote for. What an idiot.

  13. The first example in Greenhuts link to why Trump was so bad was that he didn’t take Russian interference seriously enough.

    Which was nice, because it reminded me that Greenhut is not a serious person, and I could skip the rest of the article and jump straight to the comments!

    1. To be fair, that's been standard operating procedure for every single Reason article published since November 2016.

      1. Welch is getting deliciously redpilled on his kids. Minor hope.

    2. Thanks for pointing it out, I wasn't about to click on it otherwise, but it is LOL funny! I only got about a quarter of the way thru the list before I decided it was too silly to keep me laughing. It really is all about appearances, many of which were manufactured by his enemies.

      I'm pretty sure the people who write or promote that stuff have substantive objections to Trump, but don't want to state them because they know most people would find them to be reasons in favor of Trump, not against him.

      1. I assume when someone links to such a ridiculous article, they’re getting a cut from the extra clicks they generate. But Greenhut is stupid enough this might not be the case here.

  14. Reason would do well to cut Mr Greenhut loose. He isn't particularly libertarian, and even his cranky centrism has become merely sloppy contrarian nonsense.

    The idea that Bill Clinton and his Waco, TX, Bomb Bosnia, Brady Bill, Kyoto Treaty, idiocy was some libertarian aspiration may say how unlibertarian our world has become, but it is hardly the position someone should take in a libertarian rag.

    As I have noted before, Mr Greenhut is more concerned with distancing himself from conservatives than actually trying to find a middle ground. He clearly prefers a liberal leadership and thinks that somehow their increasing authoritarianism is preferable to getting anywhere near those icky rednecks.
    https://reason.com/2021/12/24/look-past-partisan-rhetoric-to-understand-californias-recent-crime-problems/?comments=true#comment-9273671

    This article is a bunch of soft peddling Biden's dreadful first year while complaining about the style of Trump. Greenhut says "Americans are grumpy" about inflation. Grumpy that we've taken 10% haricuts? Sorry, Greenhut, we are more than grumpy.

    All Greenhut can do is mention " soaring inflation, out-of-control federal spending, and Biden's failure to get the coronavirus situation and spiraling crime under control." Every one of these is anti-libertarian. Meanwhile what are his complaints about Trump, that make Biden so preferable?

    Trump "built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election."

    Of those, every one is stylistic politics, except for his caricatured "Muslim travel ban". Greenhut can't even find time to explain Trump's impeachable crime- it was enough that he was impeached (but not convicted). Again, this just shows how little Greenhut actually cares about real libertarian issues. Biden is literally engaging in anti-libertarian nonsense and driving our country to the point where "58 percent of Americans believe that "the nation's democracy is in danger of collapse."" But because Trump created a cult of personality (and Biden I guess had nothing to do with the Obama cult of personality) he is preferable.

    One of the first things Libertarians need to learn is that libertarianism does not equal Centrism. 90% of the time, Centrism is a mushy compromise that limits both economic and social freedoms. Expecting Greenhut's left-leaning centrist advice to give us any insights on liberty is like asking my cat to give you advice on gardening.

    1. Overt, may I suggest a potential explanation here for Greenhut's autophagic libertarianism?

      Clearly, he has dwelled in the land of fruits and nuts for too long.

    2. One of the first things Libertarians need to learn is that libertarianism does not equal Centrism. 90% of the time, Centrism is a mushy compromise that limits both economic and social freedoms. Expecting Greenhut's left-leaning centrist advice to give us any insights on liberty is like asking my cat to give you advice on gardening.

      Well said.

      This is a point I try to regularly get across in these comments. Splitting the baby out of a lack of principles is not "libertarianism," but explains perfectly why you see so many "libertarians" endorsing conflicting notions such as universal health care and small government, or a UBI and lower taxes.

      Libertarianism is not the process of melding incoherent progressive social justice fantasies with lip service to fiscal conservancy. The "libertarians" that do this, and god knows there are plenty, really need to structure their heuristic techniques for understanding politics, and economics. I generally give libertarians fairly high marks on economic literacy, but that is changing very fast.

      1. It is because the golden mean fallacy is a favorite of idiots who can't defend their stance. If they simply say everything is bad therefore I take no stance, their stance can't be picked apart. Even when both sides aren't on the same plane of equality.

        1. But there's more than the golden mean fallacy working here. There's also been an awful lot of wishful thinking. Would-be leaders of a great libertarian mass see large numbers who are not identifiably of the "left" or the "right" and therefore proclaim them to be libertarian. How do they know they're not all-round authoritarian, centrist, or a bunch of idiosyncratic grab bags of disconnected preferences?

          It's funny that libertarians sometimes complain that too many people "can't count past two" political or policy choices. Meanwhile many of the ones making that complaint can't count past three! And sometimes that's worked vexingly, albeit hilariously, against us, as in the 1970s and 1980s when so many conflated the libertarian movement with that of LaRouche. (LaRouche didn't like it either!)

          1. I don't know who is promoting the golden mean fallacy except as a strawman to argue against. Oh, I think I just answered my own question. It's the guy on mute who argues against things nobody said nor did. The golden mean is an argument from the middle. Libertarians saying both major parties are terrible is hardly a call for meeting where they both agree. Heck, libertarians run for cover when the word "bipartisan" is used because when both parties agree on something it's always terrible for liberty. Anyone who claims libertarians support some golden mean has no concept of libertarianism and/or is a liar.

            1. Broke ass sarc continues to argue against comments he won’t read.

              1. Lol, it is pathetic.

          2. "Would-be leaders of a great libertarian mass see large numbers who are not identifiably of the "left" or the "right" and therefore proclaim them to be libertarian. How do they know they're not all-round authoritarian, centrist, or a bunch of idiosyncratic grab bags of disconnected preferences?"

            This is why I have been so critical of Sullum and Bailey's "The Science!" (tm) articles during the COVID debates. People in the center may be disaffected by our respective political parties, but until they are educated on the PRINCIPLES of libertarianism, they will always be fickle voters. It isn't enough to tell them you are a third option, it is paramount to help them morally understand why FREEDOM is a better alternative to constantly choosing a lesser weevil.

            1. Libertarians: Diligently plotting to take over the world and leave you alone.

              That's the conundrum, isn't it? How would libertarians promote liberty? By cutting government spending for one. That means cutting government jobs and entitlements. People aren't going to support that because it affects them. Cutting back on criminal laws? That means letting people out of prison oh no! Free trade and immigration? What about our jobs!?! Eliminating the FDA, DOE and other freedom stifling agencies? What about food?!? What about the children?!?

              It's a hard sell.

              1. I think being libertarian largely comes down to temperament more than anything. Yes, some people can probably be talked into it on an intellectual level. But way more will understand the arguments, but still reject it because they prefer the feeling of security provided by a more active state.

                1. This is why people shouldn't reject the type of cluster analysis done by, for instance, the Pew typology survey, that correlates not only policy opinion but also demographics and lifestyle choices. Oh, no! We can't bear to think of people making their political stances based on anything but analysis of the principles and issues themselves! So deal with it. This is the way the world is. The number of children you have, your hobbies, your occupation, your church, the color of your skin, your breast size, and the shape of your eyes, can all have something to do with what you think about gun control or tariffs. Why? Who knows?

                2. Zeb, you may get that impression due to universal voting (where everyone has an equal vote regardless of how much they contribute to or take from the common pot). This system creates strong incentives for anti libertarian rule, and for plunder as the main goal of politics - especially in a multicultural society without the "we're all in this together" mentality.

              2. You mean, pretty much what Trump did?

            2. Oh, hell, being educated on principles of libertarianism, or principles of anything else, doesn't keep them from being fickle voters. Sometimes the more thoroughly you understand something, the more you're against it. Like how the Babel fish caused so much strife.

    3. Actually this has been SOP for Cato, and eventually for Reason, starting long before Trump. The biggest threat to those who profit from the libertarian movement (as opposed to from actual liberty) is the success of anyone who isn't part of their thing in advancing actual liberty. For years now, that's been "conservatives". The "left" is no threat, since they've done hardly anything to advance liberty — legal pot and porn, abolition of a requirement of cause for divorce (unfortunately replacing it with unilateral divorce, which is scarcely libertarian either), stopping fag bashing — while the "right" has aligned more libertarian, if only by default, while still calling themselves "conservative", which is the ultimate sin for the movement-exploiters

      1. I should've explained that all the gains by the "left" towards liberty were in the past, and now the amount of freedom that "leftists" are willing to allow us has apparently peaked.

      2. Very well said.

        I've noted for some time that the biggest threat to the libertarian establishment would be if conservatives wound up becoming uniformly libertarian.

        1. Would... if... death-worshipping mystical necromancy...

    4. Reason would do well to cut Mr Greenhut loose. He isn't particularly libertarian, and even his cranky centrism has become merely sloppy contrarian nonsense.

      Why would they fire him? How many columnists for Reason does this not generally describe? Stossel. Maybe Robbie on a good day. Other than that?

      1. They've cultivated the Greenhut types the way Cato used to in the 1970s and 1980s, maybe still. But sometimes they had to. Remember Cato's series of brief radio commentaries by a rotating stable of commentors, "Byline"? The Fairness Doctrine was still in effect so they had to mix in enough authoritarians like Julian Bond to camouflage the libertarian tendency. Anyway, find Inquiry magazine and see how they tried to smuggle libertarianism onto the magazine stands without making it obvious.

    5. Greenhut isn't a centrist. His description of Hillary as 'starting to sound sensible,' and reading The Bulwark makes that abundantly clear, if his many prior statements and policy positions had not. Neither is he particularly interested in civil liberties. What he seems most interested in is self-promotion and making money on opinion pieces sold to Reason mag.

  15. Wait....it is de rigueur in any article mentioning Brain Damaged Biden.

    Fuck Joe Biden

  16. Well it would help if he had patriotic Americans in the other party who weren't just opposed to anything him or his party say they're in favor of.

    Hard to get anything accomplished if one side isn't governing in good faith in the least.

    1. What’s it like to be so stupid that being a parody is believable, shitlunches?

    2. Russiagate was not good faith.

    3. " the other party who weren't just opposed to anything him or his party say they're in favor of."

      This is the most clueless line that all the lefties have decided to start using recently. Brandy and Mike tried floating it the other day, and now berry is doing the same.

      They do this because they can't believe that they find themselves in agreement with the opposition party, so instead they have to complain on procedural grounds- "they aren't arriving at this proposal because of principles- they are doing it out of plain opposition."

      Of course the party out of power is going to be in the position of OPPOSING the terrible policy of the people in power. They do not get to set the agenda. They do not get to establish legislation or drive committees. And when they are in power to make a change, it will necessarily be to oppose something that the empowered party had put in place.

      And despite all that, who really is the "Opposition" party? How about the Dems and press who decided no therapeutic was possibly useful just as soon as Trump mentioned them? Oh the Dems who always claim they are anti war, until Trump tries to pull out of Syria and they lead with the whole "abandoning allies" nonsense? The Dems who never saw a wedding party they couldn't murder-drone suddenly feeling like Trump's drone antics were a bit much? Oh, wait- what about Tariffs that suddenly became bad on his watch.

      Please. Y'all need to get a new meme from your mothership.

      1. "Hey, let's not completely fuck up America" sounds pretty strong to me. When people agree Dems are fucking up America but place more blame on those who won't go along with it isn't their argument that fucking up America is better than nothing?

        It seems an odd public appeal unless you believe the majority of the public is as anti-American as the far left. It seems more likely their anti-Republican / conservative priority controls their thinking and they reached for whatever was necessary to satisfy it.

        1. The slogan should be, "Stay with the crowd no matter where it's going. Better to go off the cliff with the crowd than to break the solidarity of the crowd."

      2. You mentioned one of the close-to-incredible-but-true tragedies to come out of this partisanship, and I just have to vent about it. Trump asks his doctor what can be done about CoVID-19, his doctor then tells him about some things around the world that were starting to look promising, and Trump then talks about them publicly; hydroxychloroquine was one of them. Immediately those things were tainted because Trump. This country used to be a leader in medical innovation, but that's all been set back by politics.

        The vaccines would not have gotten such wide acceptance had Trump not been defeated for re-election, because the vaccines were similarly tainted, remember? Luckily the presidency turned over when it did so they could become Biden's vaccines and lose their taint. Until then the Democrats wanted to handle the pandemic by keeping everyone away from everyone, forever anon, and adopting the burka.

    4. It's supposed to be hard to get anything accomplished. And getting bad things accomplished is not a virtue.

    5. I love those tears. Did you know you look hideous when you cry?

      Faithless progshit. Enjoy the fruits of your totalitarianism.

    6. That ringing in your ears, yeah, that's the hum of stupidity.

  17. How do you not get this? Biden is a machine politician. He does what he is told and collects the money through surrogates.

    He was a pro defense democrat. Then he was anti war.

    He was a moderate. Now he is a progressive.

    He reads the speech. Now that he is senile, he also reads the stage direction.

    He isn't as good as Trump by any metric that matters to a real libertarian. That was clear before the election when his surrogates claimed he was a moderate. It should be crystal clear now. Even on trade and immigration he is less libertarian.

    The only thing Biden is better than Trump at is having a vast propaganda machine protecting him instead of attacking him. That was pretty much the metric you simps used to judge Trump by... So I guess that is what you judged him by for the first year?

    1. "...The only thing Biden is better than Trump at is having a vast propaganda machine protecting him instead of attacking him. That was pretty much the metric you simps used to judge Trump by... So I guess that is what you judged him by for the first year?"

      And during the campaign.
      These assholes are not competent to separate personality from results; they want a warm, comforting daddy-figure as POTUS regardless of the resulting policies, and they will go to great extremes to excuse their idiocy.
      They deserve to be fucked with rusty garden implements; the lot of them.

    2. "The only thing Biden is better than Trump at is having a vast propaganda machine protecting him..."

      1. He didn't build that.
      2. Joe Biden is the Democratic Party.

      Getting Brandon out is just a beginning.

  18. "enacted a Muslim travel ban"
    I must have missed that one. Can someone please cite or is this another myth designed to get virtue-signaling suburbanites to vote against Orangemanbad?

    1. At some point, Trump banned travel from 7 countries identified as being unable to properly control their citizens. They all also happen to be majority muslim.

      See? Muslim ban.

      (I am not saying I endorse his travel ban, just that calling it a muslim ban is the type of journalistic malpractice that real reporters used to feel ashamed about.)

      1. I do recall Biden's travel ban on Africans. Was that a black travel ban?

        1. No. Totes different. Because FYTW.

        2. No. They use white airplanes.

          Oops, das ray- ciss.

    2. It was a "Muslim" ban that somehow didn't include: Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey or Algeria. Those are 8 out of the top 10 on the list of largest Muslim populations in the world, including 1-6.

      It's telling that the Democrats who railed against it were equating "unstable, terrorist-supporting, shithole" with "Muslim"

  19. "which is his lowest to date and is below Donald Trump's rating a year into his term"

    This is actually an amazing achievement given the American press's efforts to actually conceal negative stories about his administration and to manufacture ones about Trump.

    What it means is that the propaganda doesn't work. Sure there's still people like sarcasmic and your great aunt who think CNN is objective, but most people are obviously wise to it.

    This is a good thing.

  20. LOL it was never enough because the complaints about Trump were bogus from the start.

  21. Narrator: it was never enough even in the first place...

  22. Now Clinton may be the best hope for Democrats to reclaim the middle ground.

    This is what every Reasoner said about Biden. Their inability to learn is just mind-boggling.

    1. I do wonder in what alternate universe is the even-more-corrupt-than-Biden Clinton is a way to "reclaim the middle ground".

      I don't think the woman who called half the country deplorable is going to unite a fucking thing.

  23. If only there were a will in Congress to take back control of government. You would think that after multiple failed presidencies someone would see the opportunity to step up and wrestle power away from the executive branch.

    1. If they did that they'd have to take responsibility for the rules that are made. When bureaucrats in the executive branch make rules, Congress can just throw up their hands and say "Not my fault!"

      1. Sadly true. Congress has become the place you come to to get wined and dined while your staffers transcribe lobbyist emails into law.

        1. My point is that regulatory agencies mean Congress doesn't have to pass laws and then take responsibility for them. Lobbyists go to unelected bureaucrats to get rules with the power of law passed for them. Then Congress can honestly say "We didn't do it! Take it up with the CDC!" or whatever executive agency is handing down "guidance" which means "do what we say or else."

      2. I think that's 90% of it give or take a few points. I think the other 10% is that the Congresscritters don't have to know jack shit about what they're legislating. Thus we have gun control laws written by people who've never seen a real gun and couldn't explain how a gun works, internet laws written by people who can't do their own Facebook page, healthcare insurance laws written by people who know nothing about either healthcare or insurance, etc.

        "But it's okay! We can leave the details to the experts!"

        1. See? The wrong people are initiating the use of force...

    2. you need a court that actually understands the constitution's limits on the federal government, whether it be the executive or the legislature.

      Sadly, that has not been the case for some time, and it won't come back, and thus we are doomed.

      1. Oh the courts understand. The problem is that they see it as a bug, not a feature.

        1. "Living constitution!"

    3. Or even better, a will among the States to take back some control from Washington.

  24. In think there’s a good chance a lot of democrats will kill themselves by the end of the year.

  25. He hasn't built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election.

    So you don’t think Biden has peddled conspiracy theories?

    His entire presidency is an exercise in pissing on your leg and telling you it’s raining. The entire thing is run based on the conspiracy theory that America is a bastion of white supremacy.

    And although he hadn’t tried to overturn an election (neither did Trump), he’s doing his damnedest to overturn ones that haven’t yet happened.

    The fuck outta here with this shit. If “not Trump” was anywhere in the top 50 items on your list, you’re the fucking problem.

    1. He hasn't built a cult of personality,

      This is only a bad thing when it's not Obama.

    2. Remember, Biden put together "the most extensive and inclusive vote fraud team in history"

      1. it worked! They had extensive vote fraud to win.

  26. Hence the sudden anti-Biden "fact checking" and hit pieces getting the green light across American media. Someone is getting her ducks in a row.

    1. They are trying to prepare the next figurehead, since the writing is on the wall for the current one.

      They may wheel Hillary out of her crypt again, but they still need to do a lot more fortifying of elections to get her to "win".

  27. "Biden has lived up to that low bar. He hasn't given comfort to white nationalists (think Charlottesville). He hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up suspects. He hasn't built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election."

    BULLSHIT, GREENHUT.

    Trump didn't actually "do" any of those things (other than be impeached) except in the minds of DNC Useful Idiots.

    Biden has done every one, except be impeached, but we got 3 years to go ...

    Fix your ProgProjector you gaslighting sonofabitch.

  28. >>Biden forgot Bill Clinton's lessons

    this piece gives unearned weight to Brandon. dude's been a coat-tailer his whole life. literally gifted the most powerful seat on the planet and he's still a coat-tailer

    Carter resting easier now he's not the wurst pres.

  29. "Biden has no throngs of followers willing to arm themselves or invade the U.S. Capitol."

    Uh did Greenhut already forget the Summer of Love 2020 brought to us by the good people of Antifa and BLM?

    1. That doesn't count, because they only tried to storm the White House (and throw Molotov cocktails), not the Capitol.

    2. Oceania was always at war with Antifa and in alliance with Christian Front Silvershirts.

  30. Biden Is Not Trump. After a Year, That's No Longer Enough.

    It was never enough.

    Progressives voted for Biden because he made it clear he would let them run his administration and that he was just a figurehead and they got what they wanted, with Biden just rubber stamping their extremist proposals. The only thing that stands between them and single party rule is a few Democratic relics in the Senate, people who Biden now calls vile names.

    Republicans and normal people voted for Trump because he was a moderate conservative whose administration actually did pretty well.

    But the election was decided by the remaining voters who demonstrated not just their political ignorance by believing that Biden was going to mark a return to normality, but who demonstrated their ignorance of human nature by thinking that that vain, mean spirited, corrupt man was "decent".

    Biden has lived up to that low bar. He hasn't given comfort to white nationalists (think Charlottesville). He hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up suspects. He hasn't built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election.

    Thanks for putting your gullibility and ignorance in full view of everybody. R Street and Reason are really going for the bottom of the intellectual barrel.

    Like other Americans, I was OK with him because he's not Donald Trump.

    Yeah, and that tells us all we need to know about what an ignorant, virtue signaling establishment hack you are.

    1. +10

    2. >>But the election was decided by the remaining voters

      plus all the cheating.

    3. This is what the lesser of two evils looks like. It looks evil.
      We've got a system where each of the parties does its best to portray the other party as evil, and they're both correct.

      1. This is what the lesser of two evils looks like.

        Biden is clearly the greater of two evils, both in terms of his character and in terms of his politics.

        We've got a system where each of the parties does its best to portray the other party as evil, and they're both correct.

        No, I'm sorry, they are not "both correct". Trump's policies were moderate conservatism; some of his policies may have been wrong or politically motivated, but they were not "evil".

        Biden and Obama have both said that they want to "fundamentally transform the country". And Biden is trying to live up to his promise, stopped only by his senility, incompetence, and a couple of sane Democratic senators. That is evil.

        1. It's a matter of point of view. One is right and the other is wrong. Just depends which side you're on.

          1. Both sides have their flaws, and both sides consider each other evil, but the sides are not equivalent or interchangeable.

            Whether an ideology is "evil" is determined by observable outcomes. Democrats produce poverty, inequality, drug addiction, violence, murder, racial inequality, illiteracy, government dependence, destruction of civil society, destruction of families, political and religious persecution, etc. Those outcomes are objectively evil.

            Not only do Democratic policies demonstrably produce these outcomes to a degree that Republican policies don't (just look at places like California, Detroit, and Chicago), Democrats explicitly embrace many of these outcomes as policy objectives.

            1. And from their point of view things would be a lot worse if they weren't paving the road to hell with good intentions. They believe Republicans and libertarians are just apologists for the rich who would create a dystopia of corporate fiefdoms if they had their way. There would be no education, food and medicine would be poison, all in the name of profit.

              Ridiculous? Well I'm sure they'll say your point of view is ridiculous.

              1. Ridiculous? Well I'm sure they'll say your point of view is ridiculous.

                Again, this isn't about "point of view", it's about objective outcomes. For example, what Democrats have done in California is objectively, measurably evil: massive inequality, massive poverty, a destruction of the educational system, massive crony capitalism.

                They believe Republicans and libertarians are just apologists for the rich who would create a dystopia of corporate fiefdoms if they had their way.

                Yet, objectively, it is Democrats who have been doing exactly this.

                As you may notice, Democrats like to accuse their opponents of what objectively they themselves are practicing.

                1. “ who would create a dystopia of corporate fiefdoms if they had their way.”
                  Oh, so you’ve noticed what the Super Majority one party California regime has done to my beloved Santa Clara Valley?

                2. +1

                  Nicely said.

              2. Umm, the Dems ARE the party of the rich.

        2. "...We've got a system where each of the parties does its best to portray the other party as evil, and they're both correct..."

          That's either sarc or brandyshit, still hoping their TDS will be accepted as other than purely assholic.
          And failing.

      2. Biden is not the lesser of two evils. Prove me wrong.

        1. The fact that he's in the White House means millions of voters believe that to be the case. Some Reason staffers made that case when they said who would get their vote. I don't vote, so I'm not someone to ask.

          1. 80 million ballots voted for Biden probably including yours.

          2. Care to refute NOYB2 and the objective evil results of the Dems before bailing to your next round of bullshit?

            I thought it a very articulate response and far more than your drunk ass deserves.

        2. Hes BOTH of the two evils.

      3. Let me add that after the 1960's, both Republicans and Democrats were generally on board with a free country, free markets, and racial equality.

        Democrats went off the rails in the Bush and Obama years, when they became increasingly dominated by neo-Marxists and made "fundamentally transforming" the US their top priority. That is when the Democrats became evil.

        1. What about when the Republicans, starting with Nixon and culminating in Reagan, ramped up the drug war and gave rise to the warrior cop while imprisoning millions of people? That qualifies as evil in my book. Not trying to tu quoque here, just giving an example. Then it becomes "Well your party did this!" "Oh yeah, well your party did this!" Which, as I said, is merely an argument over which party is less-evil than the other.

          1. What about when the Republicans, starting with Nixon and culminating in Reagan, ramped up the drug war and gave rise to the warrior cop while imprisoning millions of people? That qualifies as evil in my book.

            Nixon didn't start drug prohibition, he just consolidated a bunch of agencies. Drug prohibition is a child of the progressive age and a bipartisan effort.

            The war on drugs was motivated by the destruction that drugs wreaked in particular in minority communities; minority representatives themselves were in favor of it.

            Most people incarcerated under the war on drugs were dealers, distributors, or people who committed other drug-related felonies. Drug users have always been preferentially routed into treatment. And it's not like those millions of people were incarcerated for some unalterable characteristic or accident; they made a choice to break the law and knew the consequences, same way I would get incarcerated if I refused to pay my taxes. Sure, drug laws are arguably arbitrary and irrational, but so are 90% of all laws; that doesn't make such laws evil.

            We also don't know whether the drug war was ineffective. Sure, it did not achieve its objectives and it did not eliminate drug addiction, but drug use had generally decreased until the 2010's when China started flooding the US market with synthetic drugs (payback for the Opium Wars I suppose).

            Which, as I said, is merely an argument over which party is less-evil than the other.

            Republicans and Democrats used to be both "evil" in the usual "necessary evil of government" camp. You could have a discussion which one was "less evil" at that time (I used to be a Democrat, FWIW).

            That's not the case anymore. Democrats have been taken over by progressives, socialists, and neo-Marxists, and that is an entirely different category of evil that is producing suffering on an massive scale.

            1. Sure, drug laws are arguably arbitrary and irrational, but so are 90% of all laws; that doesn't make such laws evil.

              Yes it does. Arbitrarily using force against people is evil. Locking people up who haven't harmed anyone is evil.

              1. Yes it does. Arbitrarily using force against people is evil. Locking people up who haven't harmed anyone is evil.

                What does that have to do with the war on drugs? The war on drugs overwhelmingly locks up drug dealers and people who commit other felonies under the influence of drugs, and those people certainly do harm others. If you're merely using drugs, you usually get diverted into treatment in the US justice system.

                Furthermore, there is nothing "arbitrary" about sanctioning drug use. In a libertarian society, a lot of drug use would likely be at least as restricted as it is in the US today, it would simply not be restricted by the government.

                1. The drug prohibition laws were evil in that they objectively led to a lot of harm and indirectly to the destruction of American and global societies. The irreparable corruption of the police and FBI, the proliferation of murderous gangs, the wars over the poppy fields of Afghanistan, etc. have occurred as a result of drug prohibition. I don't even consume drugs (except caffeine and alcohol), yet I find these laws objectively evil, due to their results from an utilitarian point of view, not simply because of my libertarian moral outlook.

                  1. The idea that drug legalization somehow is a utilitarian policy is unproven and probably wishful thinking. Drug abuse is objectively harmful even when drugs are legalized. The way libertarian societies deal with that harm is to let drug users suffer and bear the consequences of their choices. That is, drug use in a libertarian society is self-limiting because drug users end up dying in the gutter and serve as a warning to others, and because there ends up being a large social stigma and ostracism attached to it. Nobody knows whether that results in less or more suffering. What it does do is transfer the responsibility for the consequences of drug use to the individual and prevents the socialization of the costs of drug abuse.

                    Our current system of drug prohibition gives government the ability to force people into treatment and locks up dealers and violent criminals. These may well be effective policies in terms of reducing drug (ab)use and harm from drugs.

                    Personally, I think drugs ought to be legalized. But it is plainly stupid to accuse people who favor drug prohibition of being “evil”.

            2. Just adding onto your points....wasn't it progressives who pushed for prohibition?

              1. Meaning, early 20th century.

                1. Late 19th.

                  The Womens Movements started it. Tea totalers. Anti bicycle riders.

                  It was called the Temperance Movement.

            3. Translation: Keep voting for Nixon, Ceausescu, Dorf, Dole, Anslinger, Hoover, Gupta, Franco, Mussolini, Hitler and their murdering invaders of other people's counties. Then act shocked and surprised (or dead) by unequal yet apposite reprisal force.

          2. You know who was present in the Senate when Nixon ramped up the WoSD, as well as making his own contribution to that effort when Regan started the Crack war?

            That would be Biden, (Delaware Democrat and Demented).

            “Whatabout” your ass.

        2. Let me add that after the 1960's, both Republicans and Democrats were generally on board with a free country, free markets, and racial equality.

          That's unpossible. I was told many times that Nixon, Reagan, and Bush (both of them) were virulent racists.

  31. 'Like other TDS-addled ignorant assholes, I was OK with him because he's not Donald Trump.'

    Fixed it for you, shitbag.

    1. BTW, Trump managed to keep NK from setting off nukes and flinging missiles for quite a while.
      This is 'cozying up to dictators' to TDS-addled pieces of shit like Greenhut.

      1. Biden just gave Putin a green light to go into Ukraine. Unsure what Trump did that compares to that.

  32. Biden Is Not Trump. After a Year, That's No Longer Enough.
    Things are getting so bad for Democrats that some are starting to wish for Hillary Clinton to return to politics. Yikes.

    The game is chess, not checkers.

  33. He hasn't given comfort to white nationalists (think Charlottesville).

    You mean the "neo-Nazis and the white nationalists" who Trump explicitly said "should be condemned totally"?

    1. to be living in 2022, as a so-called journalist, and think that the events in Charlottesville and Trump's subsequent comments are somehow a thing that shows Trump gives "comfort to white nationalists" .. it boggles the mind what it must be like to be that stupid.

      1. That’s not being stupid, that’s what being “fortified media” for the 2020 election leaves behind.

      2. +1

        It's also telling that the MSM continues to discuss Charlottesville, where 1 person died. How many people did that self-driving red SUV kill in Wisconsin? However many, it definitely wasn't the results of a racists black man. Let's memory hole that story, but keep bringing up a fake story from white racists...

        Seriously, fuck off Greenhut.

    2. Libertarians have been butthurt about white nationalists ever since they realized the predictions of the racists were outperforming the predictions of the economists.

  34. Read the link under "I was OK with him because he's not Donald Trump."

    You'll never guess what's # 1

    1. “I was OK with Adolf because he’s not Kaiser Bill.”

  35. Biden is not the "lesser of two evils."
    Donald Trump is the epitome of "evil". He led an insurrection against our government and has relentlessly tried to undermine our government and democracy because he lost an election he deserved to lose. He lost it by 8 million votes. That was AFTER he grew the Federal deficit by sixty percent, AFTER he spent fully one quarter of his term playing golf instead of doing his job, and AFTER he totally neglected the COVID pandemic, which directly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. There has never been a more incompetent or more evil "President" than Donald Trump.
    President Biden is a long way from perfect, but he has tried to rebuild our country and economy after Trump savaged it. Sadly, he has been undermined by two Senators who are ostensibly members of his own party.
    But two terms of Hilary Clinton would be MUCH better for this country than one term of Danald Trump and one term of Joe Biden.

    1. "...Donald Trump is the epitome of "evil". He led an insurrection against our government and has relentlessly tried to undermine our government and democracy because he lost an election he deserved to lose..."

      You.
      Are.
      Full.
      Of.
      Shit.
      And a TDS addled asshole besides.

    2. "he totally neglected the COVID pandemic, which directly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. There has never been a more incompetent or more evil "President" than Donald Trump."

      Biden killed more with COVID than Trump.

      Quite a few more.

      Just sayin'.

      1. And that's AFTER he had Trump's fast-tracked vaccine in hand.
        This stupid pile of shit is certainly near-terminal case of TDS, but lying in every sentence besides.

        1. Even without the vaccine, we now know HOW to treat it with monoclonal antibodies and all. We did not know at first for a long time under Trump.

    3. Where did you cut paste this dribble? No one types like this.

      Idiot, 52 senators voted against Biden agenda. Not just 2.

      " He led an insurrection against our government"
      There must be a lot of people charged, and lots of dead right?..checks notes. Only 1 person who was protesting.

      Now do BLM riots during the summer like burning Federal buildings. I'll wait.

      Yes, Trump didn't take losing well. Democrats say Bush lost to Gore, Trump lost but for the Russians (Disproved). Oh and Abrams is governor of Georgia right?

    4. Translation: "Pay no attention to that Libertarian Party behind the curtain!" Keep alternating between green teeth for Jesus and Antifans for communist anarchism. That's progress!

      1. With every comment you seem to want to prove you have nothing of value to contribute

        1. You won't miss much muting him.

      2. now do abortion ... again .. for the millionth time!
        At least introduce a new thought once in a while!

        1. i have this vague recollection that you used to have reasoned comments at times on the subject at had but lately you just resort to gibbering

  36. “ Biden needs to forcefully smack down crazy progressives on his own side and reassure mainstream voters.”
    Wonder where the author thinks he lands, crazy progressive or mainstream? Cause this article is all over the place and has no point. I am going crazy progressive.

  37. Hillary Clinton must be indicted and brought to trial for the crimes she committed with her email server. When she transmitted confidential information, (some of it Top Secret) over her private email server, the U.S. Espionage Act was violated. When she refused to turn over computer hard drives and other information requested by Federal authorities, she broke the U.S. Federal Records Act.

    Obama's Justice Dept. gave her a pass on these two crimes. Politics should never have been involved, she must be held criminally responsible.

    1. Obama's Justice Dept. gave her a pass on these two all crimes.

      FIFY. The Clinton Foundation committed numerous donations that were explicitly illegal under the emoluments clause literally save Obama's giving them the OK and, even then, the Foundation took several donations that were supposed to get his OK and didn't. His administration still gave her/them a pass.

    2. Another disgusting Republican leper holding up imaginary running sores in a plea for outraged retribution. This sockie has GOT to be Alec Jones.

  38. "The Bulwark's Charlie Sykes argues that Biden needs some Sister Souljah moments—referring to when Bill Clinton, at a Rainbow Coalition meeting, rebuked a rapper's vile rhetoric."

    The fact that criticizing a mediocre rapper for endorsing racially motivated murder was viewed as an iconic act of political courage tells you everything you need to know about the Democrats in 1992.

    The fact that nobody on the Left would dare do it today tells you everything you need to know about them now.

  39. "Clinton is starting to sound sensible. Republicans traditionally viewed a Clinton presidency as a victory for the Left. Now Clinton may be the best hope for Democrats to reclaim the middle ground. Democrats must do some "careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat…is going to win,"

    What is Boehm smoking? No-one, not even democrats want Clinton.

    1. Damn Greenhut and Boehm sound the same

    2. What is Boehm smoking? No-one, not even democrats want Clinton.

      Read between the lines. None of the Democratic plebs wanted Clinton, but *somebody* wanted... *wants* Clinton (again).

      1. She does. And Bill gets her off his plate.

        Problem is, shes only an attack dog and hows she gonna trash talk about anything about Biden?

        That wont fly BC hes the Lefts choice, incompetent or not, and shell inherit hus cluster fucked up legacy plus a looming stock market crash.

        Shell just end up as a mantle piece like Bidet, frittering a few remaining years on the Dole. just to have a " legacy".

    3. What they want is a rights-violating looter kleptocracy. For 50 years libertarian party spoiler votes have shipped away at that despite tax subsidies from Nixon's Anti-Libertarian Law. Every kleptocracy vote only abets the robbers and murderers' desperate plays for time.

  40. What's up with this site citing Bulwark? Nobody takes them seriously. They have no coherent policy stance on anything.

  41. "Biden has lived up to that low bar. He hasn't given comfort to white nationalists (think Charlottesville). He hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up suspects. He hasn't built a cult of personality, enacted a Muslim travel ban, been impeached, peddled conspiracy theories, cozied up to dictators, nor has he tried to overturn an election."

    Biden's administration has kept political dissidents in prison for over a year without charge, subjecting them to inhumane conditions and physical abuse, so fuck you on the 'he hasn't encouraged police officers to beat up suspects'.

    He gave Vladimir Putin tacit permission to invade Ukraine, and gave his blessing to the Nordstream pipeline, enriching Putin and his allies. So fuck you on the 'he hasn't cozied up to dictators'.

    And he has already suggested that the 2022 midterms will not have a legitimate outcome unless Democrats win. So fuck you on the 'he hasn't peddled conspiracy theories or tried to overturn an election'.

    Sure, Biden doesn't have 'throngs of followers willing to take up arms or invade the Capitol' (like the Left has never done ANYTHING like that!), but he does have an FBI willing to lie to a judge to get a warrant to spy on his political opponents, so there's that.

    1. The Democrats were the ones who created the Overthrow meme in 2016.

      See the BACKGROUND in the image atop the page?

      Ds did that, their trademark Blue background with an excerpt from the Constitution about dissolving the Govt.

      That pretended they had the C. on their side.

      They found out on J6 who could REALLY do it.

      They lost.

  42. Hillbag returns.

    Place your bets- how long till the first body washes up on the Potomic with her fingerprints all over it?

    "self inflicted gunshots to the back of the head with a rifle."

    Clintons do that, ya know.

    1. Also avoid the motorcade

      1. Hmmm, ghhas a nice ring to it.

        Hillbag the Horrible in the back seat of a motorcade limo and Bill crouched in a upper story window...

        Seems we've bern there before.

        If Biden, Hillary and Pelosi were in a sinking boat with only two life jackets, who would be saved?

        WE WOULD!

  43. Anyone who voted for Biden because he wasn't Trump deserves the misery they get.

    1. Unfortunately, WE get the misery the TDS-addled assholes foisted on us.

      1. We’re just biden our time until the midterms.

        1. Bidet.

          Sit down, think everythings OK and get your ass cleaned out by surprise.

    2. Any fool who voted for either looter gang deserves the initiation of force good and hard. Go ahead... snivel!

    3. Yeah, " they."

      . But WE are ALL getting it.

      No one wins with Projectile Vomiting, a fitting euphanism for the Biden Sideshow.

    4. Any misery of yours is of your own creation. The country doesn't ever change all that much from one president to the next. It usually is around the fourth year when Republicans have caused some kind of global calamity or Democrats have turned things around and we're prosperous again.

      I guess that's the good thing about a relatively brief term of office. You don't have much time to put things right, but Republicans also don't have enough time to truly destroy everything.

  44. Funny how the 'limited' government platform seems to hate Trump and favor Biden. Is that like a cat who loves to get wet or what?

    Never have I seen so much blind flat-out prejudice than when Trump got elected. No one can even make a reasonable case against Trump short of he wasn't as perfect as Thomas Jefferson as-if Trump was even in the same century.

    TDS runs wild.

    1. No one can even make a reasonable case against Trump short of he wasn't as perfect as Thomas Jefferson as-if Trump was even in the same century.

      I'd point out that Trump is better because Jefferson owned slaves, but that would probably get me blasted for being a white supremacist/pro-Trump.

    2. He came frim a backgroubd as a hi power business exec, populat TV series, wealthy LEFT LEANING NYC INSIDER.

      Did you catch that...

      Then as POTUS, he turned all that upside down. Especially shoving one in the Political Left and their Complicit Commie Media.

      1. Politically, Trump wasn’t all that different from Clinton. That’s why he started out as a Democrat and ended up running as a Republican: the Democratic party moved radically left out from under him.

        It’s the same reason I and lots of other people left the Democratic party. The Democrats in 2022 are not the party I used to be a member of.

  45. The Democrats and Republicans can't find anyone under 60 for president? My issue is all of these "institutional" candidates think they deserve to win because it's their turn.

    1. You seem confused; it was Trump's 'turn'?

    2. I be satisfied with a President in his sixties.

    3. There were 19 wanna bes on the Left.

      Joe was the " politics as usual " choice.

      They got a taste of the new arrivals in AOC and that Raghead and didnt like what they saw- couldnt control them, and just radical enough to draw excess fire.

      Theyre in it for political power and none of the Newbies had any.

      Also, those like Hillary are desperate to stay in to avoid prosecution for their crimes.

      Biden comitted a Felony in Ukraine, extortion is a crime and he did that under Obozo when he threatened the Ukraine official that he wouldnt get any money from Obama.

      Thats prosecutable here even if it happened overseas.

      1. "that Raghead"

        You don't have any actual political beliefs other than eliminating types of people you don't hang out with, right?

        You'd never speak this way if you lived anywhere near civilization, where Muslims live and work.

        If you are some corn-fed tractor-fucker with no education, what on earth makes you think you deserve the right to have thoughts on things?

  46. You seem confused; it was Trump's 'turn'?

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  48. So when does Reason announce their support for Hillary in the 2024 election? Reason still only has milquetoast criticism of Biden, they printed Biden says things that aren't true, but HEY, he doesn't lie according to Reason!
    Reason also still had TDS.
    REASON FOR HILLARY CLINTON 2024!

    1. Process:

      1. She announces shes the '24 candidate as Saviour of all mankind.

      2. MSM fawn all iver her as our Gin soaked Saviour,

      3. Back Benchers all fall in line.

      Oh, that plus sobering up and cleaning all the broken gin bottles up.

  49. So the shortage of whining, sore-loser, gurl-bullying, assassin-of-youth Republican Orango-Trumpanzees is so desperate that Reason has to dip into donor contributions to pay Greensmut to cry us another river? The Reason Kamala is waiting for Drug War Joe to drop dead is that Orange Franco scoured the land to pack the Court with Ku-Klux fratboys and Trumpista Trilbys to rape women's individual rights and help criminal gangs confiscate entrepreneur fortunes--then short the markets to cash in on the resulting crashes.

    1. and a crash is a- comin.

      1929 here we come.

      Fuck Joe Biden

  50. In my lifetime most Presidents have had two terms. Carter, Bush and Trump are the exceptions. I don't count Kennedy for obvious reasons. What could happen in 2024 and it would be unique in that we might have two one term Presidents. Biden best hope for reelection is running against Trump. A solid Republican, younger than seventy could and would likely win.

    The electorate is highly divided and the small group willing to shift carries the power. They went from Obama, to Trump, and then to Biden. Who they go to in 2024 could mean a new President.

    1. Trump would likely beat Biden in a rematch without shenanigans.

      1. Trump couldn't beat Biden in 2020 one of the fairest elections ever, one of the most scrutinized elections. Biden best chance in 2024 is to run against Trump.

        1. "Trump couldn't beat Biden in 2020 one of the fairest elections ever, one of the most scrutinized elections."

          *snicker* sure. 100% fair. Hilarious. Nothing sketchy about counts stopping and then suddenly Biden gaining numerous thousands of votes out of nowhere.

          "Biden best chance in 2024 is to run against Trump."

          Biden is, to be generous, an incompetent moron. Things were better in every single category under Trump (we had peace treaties under Trump, not likely war on multiple fronts).

          DEMOCRATS do not want Biden to run.

          1. bidets a throwback to M/ L a real Democrat. Hes Old School.

            The Modent Left just want anarchy.

            Joes a target like Trump is bc hes not a " business as usual" man either.

            IOW neither will put up with the Radical FEMINIST LEFT that wrecked the D party.

            Thats why theyve trotted out the Old Lesbian Horse. To get beat by Trump AGAIN!

  51. Biden is an embarrassment to under achieving plagiarizers everywhere. Delaware should be put on double secret probation for ever electing this nincompoop to any public office. Every Biden voter should be ashamed of himself.

    Biden has fucked up everything he has touched, and the American people are suffering for it. The Democrat party has been evil for decades but has now descended into stupidity.

    I hope America can live through this. I also hope the Democrat party is destroyed utterly. There might be a few normal people that will arise from the rubble.

    1. obama: "don't underestimate joe's ability to fuck things up"

      1. + 1 million billion

        And he has. This makes Carter look good.

    2. Care to offer even a single example?

  52. the author has a terrible case of TDS. his litany of trump's "bad deeds as president" are classic. totally delusional. the best one on his list is "enacted a muslim travel ban". you have to be a complete moron with two digit iq to believe that. how did this dolt get a job anywhere?

  53. So is the real reason Vlads going into Ukraine bc Bidens in there fucking things up?

    That would be priceless.

  54. The main argument starts off ridiculous and gets worse. He points to Bill Clinton as evidence that Democrats have to play to the center in order to win and keep the support of a majority of voters. But in that same time frame since the rise of Bill the centrist, Republicans have moved further to the right and/or learned to play to their base with populism to win and keep their supporters' loyalty.

    In fact, Republicans have essentially given up trying to maintain a stable majority of the country. Instead, they rely on manipulating how elections are run to affect the turnout of different groups of voters. The geographic distribution of votes helps them gain and keep power, as well. The unequal representation of the Senate and the gerrymandering done after the 2010 Census (that they are working to further solidify now) will keep them winning more often than the overall vote count would.

    So why don't Republicans tack to the center to win more votes if that is supposed to be a good thing?

    1. Bc its a lie. Thats the ol Left wing " we cant get along till you move to the center" then they keep moving the center to the Left.

      1. Jason is a leftist child molester that needs to be put down

    2. "The main argument starts off ridiculous and gets worse. He points to Bill Clinton as evidence that Democrats have to play to the center in order to win and keep the support of a majority of voters. But in that same time frame since the rise of Bill the centrist, Republicans have moved further to the right and/or learned to play to their base with populism to win and keep their supporters' loyalty."

      By any measure of idealogy, the GOP has moved barely to the Right while the Dems have moved dramatically to the Left.

    3. The Dems just lost trying to pass a bill to radically change elections and Republicans are manipulating elections to their advantage? That is probably accurate to some degree. The Dems will find it much harder to cheat again and that will help Republicans win. The biggest advantage they will have in the midterms is Joe Biden. He is the gift that keeps on giving.
      Mean tweets are awful but I find needless death and critical injuries to our soldiers and ordering drone strikes on children a bit more appalling. People just now getting their winter utility bills for heating wish for the good ol mean tweet days.

      1. The problem with consuming nothing but trash right-wing propaganda is that you go into elections with a completely inaccurate view of the world, but votes are counted using regular old counting. Then you're so surprised by the outcome.

        This is why Republicans, in state after state, are making it harder for people like students to vote and even in some cases making it so that legislatures can override the will of the voters. Hence the voting rights bill.

        But you don't realize that it's you who have gone insane because you suckle at the teat of trash right-wing propaganda and aren't educated enough to distinguish facts from bullshit.

        1. ...says the Nazi supporter.
          If you don't like that the USA is a Constitutional Union of Republican States and think it should be democratically electing Hitlers and Nazi's (syn; National Socialists) you are the enemy of the USA.

  55. Oopsy..a hale and hearty " Fuck Schiff"

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=byiUvJnoNkA

  56. Yeah, Bernie bros criticize him for not being exactly what they want too.

    The Biden administration is actually a cautious one. They simply don't get behind things that are unpopular. Their domestic portfolio might be big, but it's full of things the people want by overwhelming numbers. And if you think this country is just fine the way it is, well, you don't think that, do you?

    If all Biden did was prevent a Republican from taking this country further down the road to ruination via stupidity, that's enough. Not that it will be enough for the DC cocktail class, but their dirty secret is that nothing will ever be enough.

    1. You wouldn't be so stupid if you actually understood that the USA is NOT a democratic National Socialist Nation (i.e. Nazism).

      Like most leftards; you talk about this country's "ruination" as the destruction of Nazi-Policy (i.e. DE REGULATION).. UR too stupid to realize the USA is a Constitutional Union of Republican States.

      So at the end of the day; You leftards Nazi's are trying to save your Nazi-Regime playing 100% ignorant to the fact the Nazi-Regime is over-throwing and destroying the USA.....

      You Nazi leftards need to MOVE your *sses out of this country you hate so much and live where Nazism runs rampant. Cuba, Venezuala, etc, etc... Take your pick; just get the F-out of the USA.

      1. Look, I don't mind responding to raving lunatics, but my brain needs something to latch onto before it starts hurting just trying to figure out where the nouns and verbs are.

        1. He said, "get the fuck out". If you had a hard time figuring that out, then maybe the problem is you.

    2. Explains pushing BBB when it is a loser in terms of support. Or pursuing racist policies when the voters have shown they do not support it.

      There is a reason why even Abrams did not want to appear with him in GA.

      1. One wonders if there's even a point to talking to a fascist. Some of you are smart enough not to believe a single word of the conspiracy theories you peddle and change depending on the week and your immediate needs.

        I submit that most of you, even many of those in positions of power, actually buy in to each conspiracy theory as they come, and you simply forget it when it's no longer useful. All you have to do is watch FOX News all day and be stupid and you'll just repeat what they say. It's all rather easy.

        1. UR projecting... U Democrats are the "follow the [WE] gang group-thinkers". From urban majority to Democracy dictation; The left is nothing but a herd of sheep/gang/thugs looking for someone else's grass to steal. Otherwise each and every one of YOU could just live your life's and leave others alone!! But leftards don't... They push every dictation federally and UN-Constitutionally. Talk about 'free' things (coincidentally made by others) as if they want to re-enact slavery at the National Level. They use inalienable traits like sex, color and wealth-class as crutches for their criminalistic mentality of which they project onto everyone else like nobodies business.

        2. "One wonders if there's even a point to talking to a fascist."

          From my experience with you, it probably is not. But the fascist is usually a bit of a dunce, named Tony (probably a coincidence), and who cannot make a cogent point, so you can always laugh at that.

          "All you have to do is watch FOX News all day and be stupid and you'll just repeat what they say. It's all rather easy."

          Tell me more about Russian collusion.

        3. You don't know what a fascist is.

  57. When you hear they are considering Hillary as their next candidate for president you begin to understand just how far the Democrat party has fallen. The comments about Hillary being more of a centrist is astonishing. Hillary Clinton is whatever they tell her she needs to be to get votes. The instigator of the Russian hoax had too much baggage in 2016 to win according to Dems and has added to it since. When Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are the best and brightest of your party it is time to surrender and call it a day.

    1. What they aren't, however, are festering orange pustules on humanity like a certain fatso I could name.

      1. Is their name Tony? It's Tony isn't it.

    2. Conservatives: "Anyone but Hillary"
      Democrats: " Anyone but Biden."
      Hillary: "Anyone but Harris"
      Psaki: " How about me?"

      Washington Post: " Psakis body found floating in the Potomic. Hillary Clinton could not be reached for comment."

      Hillary: " Guess its me!"

    3. When you hear they are considering Hillary as their next candidate for president...

      Who is considering Hillary for 2024, other than Hillary? The article didn't quote anyone or any poll numbers that suggest that any Democrats are interested in her running again, did it?

      When Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are the best and brightest of your party it is time to surrender and call it a day.

      Did you see Trump's latest visit to Hannity? Sean was talking about Biden sticking with "failed policies" and "banging your head against a wall - why would you expect a different result?"

      Trump's response, "So we would've had the wall completed in three weeks," Trump said. "It was largely completed. We did almost 500 miles of wall, and the southern border."

      Between his inability to think other than in terms of his own supposed greatness and what he and his loyalists tried to do to overthrow the election, why is anyone still adhering to him?

      1. "...Between his inability to think other than in terms of his own supposed greatness and what he and his loyalists tried to do to overthrow the election, why is anyone still adhering to him?"

        Perhaps because he was the best POTUS we had in the last century, and no everyone is a TDSs-addled asshole like you?

      2. Yes, it is utterly mysterious why many voters might prefer a political moderate like Trump to a bunch of vain, greedy, authoritarian technocrats like Hillary, Biden, or Obama. Utterly mysterious! /sarc

        1. Is the sarcasm in calling Trump a political moderate? He can be hard to pin down to something other than populist demagogue, but moderate definitely doesn't describe him. And listing "vain" and "greedy" among those three's vices in the same post that includes Trump is also pretty hilarious.

          1. 'Is the sarcasm in calling Trump a political moderate?"
            No, you pathetic piece of shit.
            "He can be hard to pin down to something other than populist demagogue, but moderate definitely doesn't describe him."
            To other than TDS-addled assholes, that might be true, TDS addled asshole.
            "And listing "vain" and "greedy" among those three's vices in the same post that includes Trump is also pretty hilarious."
            Uh, did you have a point other than you are a TDS-addled asshole? I don't see it.

            1. Oh, yeah:
              Fuck off and die, TDS-addled asshole. Make your family proud and your dog happy!

  58. Americans are grumpy as we pay unfathomable amounts for gas, groceries, consumer goods and homes.

    There is nothing unfathomable about gas prices. They have been higher at points in the last 20 years, even before adjusting for inflation. Housing prices were going up to ridiculous levels before the pandemic, let alone before Biden was elected. And does anyone suspect that the trade wars Trump tried to start before the pandemic might have contributed to the supply chain issues and other problems driving up prices?

    In a nutshell, this is the problem with the way people look at the president's role in the economy. You'd think people at Reason, with its focus on free market economics, would be more careful than to fall into the trap of simply putting all of the blame on the current president when the economy isn't doing well or giving the current president all of the credit when it is.

    This article is all references to poll numbers and using them to argue for what Biden should be doing. It doesn't do anything to analyze or debate with facts and expertise what policies would actually have a chance of improving things.

    1. Oh, the blame for our economic problems plainly lies with voters: American voters think they are entitled to low prices, lots of government handouts, low taxes, rapidly appreciating assets, and a standard of living higher than pretty much any other large country on the planet.

      The major difference between the two parties in the US is that one party tells voters that this is going to lead to disaster, while the other party pretends nothing is wrong. But no matter what they say, both parties answer to voters. Voters get what they want, and therefore the destruction continues.

    2. "...There is nothing unfathomable about gas prices..."
      Absolutely, asshole; droolin' Joe is right there to take responsibility while lefty shits like you try to point somewhere else.
      Fuck off and die, asshole.

  59. I told a friend I could shit a better president, but please not Hillary.

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