Biden Confronts Reality As A Leaderless GOP Offers Little

By Donald A. Collins | 8 February 2023
Church and State

President Joe Biden delivers his 2023 State of the Union address before Congress. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

Any British citizen watching Biden’s 2nd State of the Union address in 2/7/23 would have seen glimpses of the kind of rough and tumble their PMs get as they discuss controversial issues. I must confess I truly appreciate their jostling but what a difference between confronting opponents on issues vs calling them liars. There is a vast civility difference, and that difference was evident in the House chamber.

Marjorie Taylor Greene used the word LIAR and other GOPers shouted their disgust and hatred. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy realized their behavior was politically stupid, but I doubt we will hear his reprimand.

To my surprise I felt the best and most complete account of the SOTU evening was in the 2/8/23 Wall Street Journal.

Here are some of that article’s contents:

President Biden used his State of the Union address to try to sell Americans on his economic agenda and called for renewed bipartisanship, but his appeals for unity were punctuated by Republican lawmakers’ loud objections to his remarks.

The annual speech—delivered in the House chamber before a joint session of the newly divided Congress on Tuesday—gave Mr. Biden, 80, a chance to test his message in front of a large audience weeks or months before he is expected to announce his reelection bid. Recent polls show a majority of Democratic voters don’t want him to run for a second term, and his approval ratings remain low.

Mr. Biden’s 72-minute address was interrupted several times by Republican lawmakers. One GOP representative was caught on camera calling the president a liar, and another yelled, “your fault,” when Mr. Biden spoke of the rise in fentanyl-related deaths.

You can read the entire speech here.

In earlier pieces I have used the analogy that we are amidst a second Civil War. I notice I am not alone in that opinion! Here three trusted sources (Brookings, Time, and NPR) offer their take on the crucial nature of that state:

Biden will announce his run for a second term shortly and will easily be nominated by his party despite his low ratings which as expected to improve dramatically as we move toward the 2024 election in 2 years. Ex Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jake Clapper’s SOTU 2/7/23 recap on CNN predicted Biden will have 90% of his party behind then.

Why not, as the GOP offers no leadership, no governance plan except divisive investigations into Biden and his family, no cooperation on real immigration reform and a steadfast clinging to prolife ideology. I was heartened to see Biden a liberal Roman Catholic stop after his SOTU address for a longer than usual chat with retired Justices Anthony Kennedy, now a hale 96, and Stephen Breyer, 85, both upheld Roe/Casey.

Is Biden too old? Not from what we saw on 2/7/23 and in his first 2 years. Will he be too old at 86 if elected in 2024? Second terms for many Presidents have been quite unsuccessful. Reagan got shot and seemed less able, Clinton “didn’t have sex with that woman” and Bush W got us into Iraq despite his father’s better management of Hussein with the terrible aftermath now with Iran.

As we know, 2 years in US politics is an eternity! But what is the GOP offering so far?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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