Trying to Destroy Biden

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson / OpEd News / April 10, 2022

Not a moment has passed since President Biden took office that somebody, somewhere is making a political doomsday prediction that Biden will fail. There are endless stories about how he and the Democrats are in trouble and will lose big in the November 2022 primaries. Biden’s plunged approval ratings are endlessly cited as proof of his and Democrats’ supposed pending political Armageddon.

This is the same sorry template that the GOP and conservative media used during virtually every moment of the Obama presidency. That was to create a strawman argument that Obama’s policies were a failure, that he could get few if any political initiatives through, and those he did get through such as the Affordable Care Act were bad. Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doubled down on this by famously declaring that his and the GOP’s goal was to ensure that Obama was a one-term president. When that didn’t work, McConnell simply switched gears and declared that he would make Obama’s presidency a failed presidency.

It’s the same game plan with Biden. Play up big every supposed Biden misstep, gaffe, or policy fumble. At the midwinter meeting of the Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington DC in March, Biden sounded the alarm. He warned Democrats to get doubly busy and get a massive Democratic voter turnout in November. The loss of the House or the Senate or both would be catastrophic. It would guarantee that Biden’s remaining two years of his first term would be neutered by the GOP.

McConnell and nearly all the GOP senators gave a preview of the hardball game they’ll play with Biden after his nomination of Jackson for the SCOTUS. The near-universal consensus was that she was one of the most eminently qualified jurists to come down the pike in years. Her confirmation as the first Black woman on the high court would not just be a historic first, but also a neat, and fitting testament to the nation’s diversity and commitment to racial equity.

McConnell and nearly all the GOP senators had other ideas. They hectored and impugned Jackson with every nonsensical, and plain silly question and assertion at her committee hearings. Then with three exceptions voted against her confirmation. Then with only one exception, Mitt Romney refused to even give polite applause when her confirmation was approved-mostly by Democrats.

McConnell and the GOP will kick things into even higher gear going forward. They will mount a relentless and ruthless yearlong campaign of hectoring, harassing, dithering, diddling, and obstructing many of Biden’s major initiatives. McConnell will continue to have an almost totally united, lockstep GOP behind him. He’s armed with total mastery of all the parliamentary and legislative tricks of the Senate trade to stonewall Biden.

He will have plenty of opportunities to use all of them. Biden still faces a continuing clean-up job ahead of him. There’s still the COVID battered economy, and worries about a still dangerous public health crisis, soaring gas prices, and a dangerous, and unpredictable course Russian war against Ukraine.

Biden has scored some notable wins. He got an agreement between Congressional Democrats and Republicans on a stimulus deal. He has got his massive Build America infrastructure bill through.

However, Biden will almost certainly be thrust into the brewing battle over the pending SCOTUS case on Roe v. Wade. This has ignited a public firestorm on both sides of the battle lines on this perennially hyper volatile issue. Biden will be tugged hard to act. The question then becomes just what action to take.

McConnell and the GOP, fortunately, can’t do to Biden what they did to Obama. That’s hamstringing him on confirmation of his nominations and appointments to federal courts and administration posts. But only because the confirmation process is by a simple majority. Democrats for the moment still have that razor-thin Senate majority.

Yet, there’s the array of housing, education, foreign policy, and spending decisions that are on the table.

Biden will be forced to sign off on a rash of executive orders on education reforms and enhanced environmental and consumer financial protections. These were reforms Obama penned by executive order and Trump moved quickly to try and wipe them out. When Biden uses his executive pen, he will evoke the same howls Obama got from McConnell and the GOP that he is a tyrant, dictator, and abusing the power of his office by usurping Congress.

Then there’s the issue of criminal justice reform and voting rights protections. Biden is walking a continuous tightrope on these issues. He’s pushed hard by Black Lives Matter, criminal justice reform advocates, and civil rights groups to make good on his promises for reforms in community policing, police-community relations and to rein in police abuse. This stirs fierce backlash from police unions and conservatives that he’s encouraging lawlessness and weakening law enforcement. He’s backed far away from any advocacy of Defund the police.

There’s little he can do about getting the stalled voting rights protection bill moving in the Senate. McConnell has effectively shut that down.

It’s not a pretty picture for Biden. One that’s made even uglier by the GOP and the conservative media. Biden is a skilled and seasoned politician though. It will take all his skills and the firm backing of the Democratic party to keep the GOP from destroying him.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is author of the forthcoming A Young Person’s Guide to Classical Music (Middle Passage Press) He hosts the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and the Pacifica Network. His political affairs commentaries can be found weekly on

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kh April 13, 2022 at 11:01 am

People need to turn off the TV and algorithm-curated news feed and do their own independent research on what happens at the national level. The loudest voices in the media are the least credible. Most of the cable news programs look more like a sermon than an effort to investigate and inform.

Democrats and their talking heads praising every action by Biden with nary a word of criticism. They seem to still be campaigning against Trump, and blaming every stalled policy on the minority of republican congressmen.

Meanwhile, Republicans and their talking heads, reliably finding nothing but fault with Biden, even on issues they previously agreed with. Easing covid rules? Should’ve done it sooner! Pulling out of the middle east… you did it too fast! Easing pressure on gas prices, you caused it! Shipping billions of military aid to Ukraine, you’re not doing enough!

Frankly it’s exhausting. If you find yourself not critical of a politician on “your side” and always critical of the “other side”, then you are contributing to the problem.


Sorry not Sorry April 13, 2022 at 11:14 am

Totally agree kh. Although, I have seen with my own eyes on more occasions than I can count on 1 hand, the number of articles on CNN that were critical/fact checking Biden just since the last election. I still have yet to see the same on Fox about the Tangerine Tornado. I regularly check both.


kh April 13, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Neither are reliable sources in my experience. At best, they are a means to pique interest in a particular issue, after which you must seek out various independent sources to see what is being left unsaid. Sad considering all the airtime and resources they have available to look at all sides of an issue, if they chose to. CNN lately has probably shown more of an alliegance to sensationalism than to a predictable liberal slant. Fox new was quite critical of Trump during his primary campaign, up until he looked imminent. And they have distanced themselves a little since Jan 6th. That’s probably just the failing ad revenue talking.


Frank Gormlie April 14, 2022 at 6:48 am

There it is again: the false equivalency. These days, GOP pols are not the same as they used to be and today offer a fascist agenda for America. It’s important that we watch their every move – hence, a case for TV or cable or internet news.


kh April 14, 2022 at 2:07 pm

I didn’t speculate on who’s worse, and we may never agree, but trust none of them. It’s easy to spot every defect in those who are on the “other side”, but the ones claiming to be your ally deserve the same scrutiny.

Many issues are designed to rile up a predictable demographic with a predictable response, in order to serve specific interests of those in power, facts and nuance be damned.

There are definitely some fascist scum in the GOP congress. And they get far more airtime than they deserve, because it sells ad revenue. Unfortunately it also increases their reach and power. We all need to stop feeding this beast.


Frank Gormlie April 14, 2022 at 5:32 pm

There is a growing anti-Trump sentiment in the GOP. A faction that believes in the rule of law.


PegM April 13, 2022 at 5:53 pm

Hear, hear!


Frank Gormlie April 14, 2022 at 6:49 am

I met Earl in the late 1980s during correspondence with him. We used to trade mags; I was publishing “The Whole Damn Pie Shop,” and he had an LA-based newsletter. I’m so glad he’s still around and publishing.


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