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In a Country That Would Elect Fetterman, Biden Doesn’t Seem All That Implausible
President Joe Biden (The White House)

“Fire people when they suck at their jobs!’

That’s from a fusillade that radio host Clay Travis fired at the Biden administration on Wednesday. I heard it while sitting in my truck waiting for takeout brisket from the barbecue joint down the street, and I couldn’t help nodding my head.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and it seems I’m not alone. There’s a national reckoning of sorts going on, as it’s starting to look like ordinary people are getting fed up with the rampant, unserious incompetence of so many of the people entrusted with various levers of power.

Of course, the political realm is where the most obvious examples can be found. Travis and his co-host, Buck Sexton, were talking about footage that had just emerged showing Joe Biden stumbling on jetway stairs for the umpteen-thousandth time. Biden’s dangerous incompetence — he can’t speak coherently, he walks like someone who belongs in assisted living, his managerial skills are an insult to the word, his ideological agenda bears zero resemblance to the political brand, such as it is, that he built over a 50-year political career — is jarring to all but the most idiotic among the electorate.

Unfortunately, that latter category exists in massive numbers as well. The RealClearPolitics polling average of Biden’s approval stands, as of Wednesday, at 44.4 percent up and 50.9 percent down. How a president failing miserably in every possible metric could be polling so well despite strong majorities of Americans showing concern that he’s too old and too frail to function in his job is mystifying.

And it’s worse than that because the fiasco that is John Fetterman, discussed in the last column in this space, shows that there are places — significant states thought to be purplish — where a stroke patient manifestly incompetent to perform even the basics of the political seat he seeks can be elected simply because he has a “D” next to his name. You’d look at Joe Biden’s record as president — the pounding inflation, the chaotic exit from Afghanistan, the weaponization of the federal government against parents and patriots and practicing Catholics, the invasion of illegal drugs and humans across our southern border — and you’d conclude that, in a sane world, he wouldn’t even rate a renomination by his own party, much less a reelection.

But in a country that would elect a John Fetterman to the Senate, Joe Biden doesn’t seem all that implausible. With the GOP field beginning to take on a 2020 Democrats–style feel, as every John, Nikki, and Larry (and Vivek and Asa, too) who can scratch together a few million for an exploratory committee seems to be looking to make the race, and with Donald Trump seemingly hourly firing broadsides against Ron DeSantis before the latter even does anything resembling a move common to the game, maybe a second term of an octogenarian, doddering Biden leading America into its national twilight isn’t so far-fetched.

It’s clear that our politics is giving up on competence. Pete Buttigieg still has a job, after all. Perhaps you saw this:

You’ve got possibly the worst man-made disaster on American soil since the 2011 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It involved a train derailment clearly within Buttigieg’s sphere of responsibility, and in three weeks, he still hasn’t visited and refuses to give his boilerplate six-second statement of fake concern to a non-friendly reporter.

Then he wants to take her picture so that he can put her in a database of journalists banned from his presence.

And among the elite, there is no outrage over it. There is no outrage over the fact that Buttigieg, who was hired solely because he’s an open homosexual and is manifestly unqualified for the job, is deliberately ignoring the people of East Palestine, Ohio, because most of them are white and straight and vote Republican.

There’s more. It came out this week, as you might have seen, that our entire public health complex is not just blitheringly incompetent, but malignantly so. A new Cochrane Review analysis of COVID-19 masking studies found no evidence to support the premise that masking reduces the spread of a disease, despite two years of tyrannical stupidity given to us by “the experts.”

Medical or surgical masks

Ten studies took place in the community, and two studies in healthcare workers. Compared with wearing no mask in the community studies only, wearing a mask may make little to no difference in how many people caught a flu-like illness/COVID-like illness (9 studies; 276,917 people); and probably makes little or no difference in how many people have flu/COVID confirmed by a laboratory test (6 studies; 13,919 people). Unwanted effects were rarely reported; discomfort was mentioned.

N95/P2 respirators

Four studies were in healthcare workers, and one small study was in the community. Compared with wearing medical or surgical masks, wearing N95/P2 respirators probably makes little to no difference in how many people have confirmed flu (5 studies; 8407 people); and may make little to no difference in how many people catch a flu-like illness (5 studies; 8407 people), or respiratory illness (3 studies; 7799 people). Unwanted effects were not well-reported; discomfort was mentioned.

But the incompetence extends beyond the governing elite. It’s everywhere. For example, look at the horrifying fool serving as the “foreperson” of that Georgia grand jury attempting to charge Donald Trump with election meddling and her attempts to avoid violating a judge’s instruction while still earning her 15 minutes of fame on CNN:

We have Hollywood executives making movies and TV shows clearly destined to fail, well-funded school districts containing whole schools where none of the kids can read or do math at grade level.

And we have examples like this by the truckload…

And if you comment on that subject, say on Facebook, and note that if the dysfunctional lunatics running schools like the one in the video want to “trans” kids without consent from their parents, they ought to be made to go through the entire process, complete with the chemical castration, Dr. Mengele surgeries, and dangerous hormone regimens — you’ll actually get put in social media jail.

Why? For “inciting violence.”

That’s the state not just of free speech in this country, but of basic competence. It isn’t “violence” to impose that on kids, but it is “violence” to suggest some skin in the game.

This can’t go on. Ordinary Americans can’t just sit by and accept the piece-by-piece ruin of the country. There will be a backlash and a revival.

But it had better come soon, or the damage will take forever to repair.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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