🇺🇸 One and Done?
June 14, 2022

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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/13: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 38,
Disapprove 60
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/13: Direction of Country, Rasmussen Reports Right Track 23,
Wrong Track 71
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 6/13: Biden Job Approval, IBD/TIPP Approve 37,
Disapprove 49

Trending On The Left


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Vox: Progressive urging Biden to aggressively cast corporations and billionaires as enemies

Trending On The Right


Fox: Rick Scott says Biden 'destroyed America's economy' in ads calling on president to resign

The Federalist: The Left Has Chosen To Prioritize Sex Over Solidarity

Wash ExaminerTrump misled donors and raised millions for nonexistent fund: Jan. 6 panel

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Bear Market, Barr Questions Trump's Reality, Arming Teachers in Ohio


US: S&P 500 tumbles nearly 4% to new low for the year, closes in bear market territory (CNBC)

US: Barr calls Trump's fraud claims 'detached from reality' in Jan. 6 panel testimony (NPR)

US: Ohio governor signs bill making it easier for teachers and school staff to carry guns (CNN)

US: 7-year-old boy shot dead in home by outside gunfire, sheriff 'outraged' (ABC)

US: Mugshot revealed from Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul's drunken driving arrest (NY Post)

US: Over 235 million people set to experience temperatures 90 degrees or hotter this week (NBC)

US: Amazon To Start Drone Deliveries In California (Daily Wire)

US: Crypto lending giant Celsius 'pauses' withdrawals after token value plunges (Engadget)

World: Missing Journo’s Personal Items Found Floating in the Amazon (Daily Beast)

Sports: Golf legend responds to criticism over playing in Saudi-backed league (Fox News)

POLITICS

One and Done?

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) refused to explicitly endorse President Joe Biden for a second term. This has fueled speculation as to whether Democrats could ultimately nominate a different presidential candidate in 2024. That said, his press secretary made it clear last night that Biden intends to run.

News Coverage from the Right: Ocasio-Cortez on Biden 2024 Endorsement: ‘We’ll Cross that Bridge When We Get to It’ (Breitbart)

News Coverage from the Left: ‘We’ll Take a Look’: AOC Refuses to Say Whether She’ll Endorse Biden in 2024 (Daily Beast)

From The Flag: Biden’s presidency has been filled with significant challenges and low poll numbers, especially recently. Here’s how both sides view Biden’s 2024 prospects.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Biden and the Democratic Party’s Prospects are Shaky


  • Biden’s innumerable first-term struggles have many Democratic voters and leaders weary about his 2024 prospects.
  • Even if Biden decides not to run in 2024, there’s no clear frontrunner among potential Democratic candidates.
  • Finding a Democratic candidate could divide the party given the tension between its progressive and establishment camps.

“Should Biden Run in 2024? Democratic Whispers of ‘No’ Start to Rise.” Reid J. Epstein and Jennifer Medina, New York Times: “Midway through the 2022 primary season, many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024. As the challenges facing the nation mount and fatigued base voters show low enthusiasm, Democrats in union meetings, the back rooms of Capitol Hill and party gatherings from coast to coast are quietly worrying about Mr. Biden’s leadership, his age and his capability to take the fight to former President Donald J. Trump a second time. Interviews with nearly 50 Democratic officials, from county leaders to members of Congress, as well as with disappointed voters who backed Mr. Biden in 2020, reveal a party alarmed about Republicans’ rising strength and extraordinarily pessimistic about an immediate path forward.”

“There Has to Be a Backup Plan. There’s a Backup Plan, Right? Inside the 2024 soul-searching that’s happening in every corner of the Democratic Party.” Gabriel Debenedetti, New York Magazine: “With Trumpism reascendant, ambivalence about Biden’s age and political standing is fueling skepticism … The result is a bizarre disconnect within the Democratic Party, with two factions talking past each other. One group consists of Biden and his loyalists, who are convinced that while the ticket’s numbers are undeniably bleak, they’re historically unsurprising for a president and VP facing their first midterm and will surely bounce back. The second group comprises a broad swath of the Democratic elite and rank and file alike, who suspect that vectors of age, succession, and strategy have created a dynamic with no obvious parallel in recent history. … In the past few months, though, many of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors — even as they pledge to back Biden’s reelection in earnest — have quietly started to poke around for alternatives in 2024, partly out of a sense of responsibility just in case Biden steps aside.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: The Democrats' Only Real Presidential Choices Jeff Greenfield, Politico Opinion

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Biden’s Unlikely to Run — Democrats Won’t Allow It


  • There are clear signs that Democrats, particularly progressives, are withdrawing their support for Biden.
  • Even Democrats know that a second Biden campaign, let alone a term, would be foolish and likely cause more damage to the party.
  • Biden definitely won't run for reelection because of the mounting challenges and failures of his presidency.

“Is there a power struggle within the Democrat Party?” Rajan Laad, American Thinker: “Perhaps that is the plan the Democrat establishment has for the midterms. They first blame Biden solely for all their failures. Next, those contesting during the midterms urge the voters not to punish them for Biden’s failure. Democrat lawmakers in Washington can also claim that not much could be done because they didn’t have the numbers. Finally, they hold issues such as abortion rights, gun control, climate change, and environmentalism as a carrot urging voters to give them a bigger majority and they will deliver. They are effectively informing voters not to worry about Biden because he is history. But in addition to the Democrat establishment distancing themselves from Biden, it also appears that there may be a power struggle within the Democrat party. … AOC openly talks about the generational shift in the United States Congress and the need to do away with the older establishment candidates…’”

“A Biden Reelection Campaign Is Too Absurd Even For Democrats, Media Is Turning On Him” Tucker Carlson, Fox News: “What kind of president would Joe Biden be by the year 2028? You shudder to think about that, though you can bet that more Botox and hair plugs would not improve him. The whole idea is grotesque. Weekend at Bernie's White House Edition. It's an insult to the principle of self-government, but that doesn't mean it's not coming. … Just for the sake of amusement this morning we tried to find a Democratic Party official who be willing to go on the record to endorse a second Joe Biden candidacy and we couldn't find a single one. … A Biden reelection campaign is just too absurd, even for them. It strains credulity past the breaking point. Joe Biden? Come on. That's the consensus in Washington … They know he will lose.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: A Countdown For Joe Biden Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

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Second Run for Biden is Unpopular


According to a poll from early March, 52% of registered voters don’t think Biden will run again. Alternatively, only 29% think he will (Wall Street Journal).

Polling also tends to be unfavorable for Biden, as far as how Americans’ feel about a potential second run. In January 70% said they don't want Biden to run in 2024 (AP/NORC). 

Even Biden’s own party seems opposed to his running again. A poll from earlier this year found a slim majority (51%) of registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents wanted someone other than Biden to run (CNN/SSRS).

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A Stowe is Born, The Best Resume Format, Bonsai Trees 

On June 14, 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the seventh child of Congregationalist minister Lyman Beecher.

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