This week’s White House Report Card finds President Joe Biden pushing further away from his Inaugural theme of unity by attacking “MAGA,” half of the nation that opposes abortion, and supporting a controversial gender policy for children.
Supporters, including grader and Democratic pollster John Zogby, saw positives in the Federal Reserve’s rate hike targeting inflation and the coming Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which he said could energize a depressed Biden voter base. He gave Biden a B-plus for the week.
But others, including conservative grader Jed Babbin, saw red lights all week as the president ripped former President Donald Trump’s supporters, the pro-life movement, and those opposed to his agenda on transgender issues.
During the week, Biden signaled a staff shake-up, especially in his message-making department, by tapping a new press secretary and communications manager to help him pull out of his polling nightmare.
And his team warned that their war on COVID-19 has not been won and that a new and deadly surge is likely in fall and winter.
We suffered through another week of Biden & Co. in which the president and his regime went about proving everything conservatives have been saying about his open-border policies, the stock market tanked in anticipation of a recession, and the support for “gender affirmation” therapy was declared.
On Cinco de Mayo, Biden proclaimed his support for amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, meaning they’d be able to vote. Everyone who has been saying that Biden’s open-borders policy is just a way to inflate the Democrats' voter rolls isn’t a racist: They have been proved comprehensively right by Biden’s own words.
Biden had other words for Republicans and conservatives this week. He said that former President Donald Trump’s “MAGA” movement was the most extremist political organization in U.S. history. Really? Worse than the Ku Klux Klan, the Communist Party USA, or the Weather Underground?
Meanwhile, Rachel Levine, the transgender assistant secretary of health, announced the administration’s support for “gender affirmation therapy” for minors. That “therapy” includes puberty-blocking drugs and sex-change surgery, both of which constitute child abuse.
The leak of the Supreme Court plan to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision affirming the right to abortion was clearly intended to influence the court into backing down. Protesters gathered at the homes of Supreme Court justices, and the White House said that’s just fine. Biden wants to codify abortion rights in federal law. That may not be possible if, under the Alito draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, abortion is left to the states. Its effect as a 2022 rallying point for political campaigns may be about equal on both sides of the coin, meaning it may not be nearly enough to save the Democrats.
The stock market continues to tumble in response to the Federal Reserve raising interest rates and the expectation of a coming recession. Biden’s economy is steadily weakening as a result of his reckless overspending.
On the fun side, of the 55 candidates former President Donald Trump has endorsed in primaries this year, none have lost. A 55-0 record ain’t something to sneeze at. In contrast, Biden is poisonous on the campaign trail. Nobody, even Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, wants Biden to campaign for them.
I know there are people out there that are ready to push the eject button on Biden despite whatever happens. But this was a good week for the president.
The growth in the deficit actually declined, and, for now, the national debt shrank. While both are expected to grow again, this is a weekly report card, and that was good news. Biden got a boost from the Fed this week with its announcement of an increase in interest rates and its further attention to inflation.
There are always “howevers” in this world, and the biggest came from Wall Street's negative reaction. But for all of us who are bothered by inflation, this was an effort on his watch.
The president also got a boost from the leaked Supreme Court draft by Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade, and that may be the organizing elixir the Democrats need to compete in the fall elections. Long way to go on that one, but again, the report card is about this week.
Then there were the 428,000 new jobs created in April, more than economists expected, meaning that now 90% of the jobs lost during the coronavirus crisis have been restored. And wages went up 5.5%. Taking into account polls conducted in May, Biden's approval rating is up to 44%.
Jed Babbin is a Washington Examiner contributor and former deputy undersecretary of defense in the administration of former President George H.W. Bush. Follow him on Twitter @jedbabbin
John Zogby is the founder of the Zogby Survey and senior partner at John Zogby Strategies. His weekly podcast with son and partner Jeremy Zogby can be heard here. Follow him on Twitter @ZogbyStrategies