11America, Brace for a Red Wave on Tuesday. It’s Real.

For months, Americans have been hearing about a “red wave.” Joe Rogan’s predicting one, the liberal media agrees, and actual American voters are venting their frustrations on a daily basis.

In President Biden’s America, the frustration is well-deserved. The U.S. economy is on the brink of recession (if it’s not recessionary already), American pocketbooks are being decimated by inflation and stock market downturns, and then there’s the lack of response from Biden Democrats who have no real solutions to America’s problems.

Not surprisingly, Biden’s approval rating remains in the gutter. Breaking news: Only 10 percent of voters under 40—once a reliable Democrat voting bloc—still support the Biden presidency, expressing deep concerns about the inflationary economy. That doesn’t bode well for Democrats on Election Day, no matter how often they change the subject to abortion and similar issues. Nor does historical precedent bode well either, with the incumbent party in the White House generally losing congressional seats two years into power.

On the Left, the general excitement just isn’t there. From crime and illegal immigration to the economy, there are so many problems in Biden’s America that it’s virtually impossible for even liberals to rally around a stale Democratic Party. The leader of that party inspires no hope, optimism, or passion, with Barack Obama recently being dragged out of retirement to help lessen the blow.

Trump rallies and Biden “rallies” are night and day. Even Obama can’t compete with the enthusiasm of the Trump years, and many Republicans are building on that momentum en route to victory. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), a staunchly “America First” candidate, now has the upper hand on Cheri Beasley—a radical supporter of the “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police” movements—in North Carolina’s Senate race. When polls should be tightening up, Republicans like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Dr. Mehmet Oz (Pennsylvania) are surging against their opponents.

Look at New Hampshire, which Biden won by roughly eight points in 2020 and Democrats have won consistently since 2000. Races in the Granite State are now leaning Republican, and they’ll lean even further right on Election Day. Because the state does not have early voting, public sentiment is poised to become even more anti-Biden in the coming days.

The 2022 electoral shift is driven in large part by a demographic shift, with minority groups embracing the Republican platform of law and order in unprecedented ways. Many Asian, Black, and Hispanic voters are seriously questioning their allegiances to the Democratic Party, which seems to care more about transgender issues than pocketbook policy priorities like economic growth, business expansion, and job creation. Now more than ever before, there is a real competition for minority votes, with Democrats losing ground and Republicans taking advantage.

When it’s all said and done, most Americans just want to live the American Dream and support the candidates who make their lives easier. They want to support the political party in favor of economic prosperity—one that isn’t distracted by ridiculous social issues of the day. And, when it’s all said and done, the 2022 midterms will prove that Republicans like Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) aren’t “one-off” success stories. Election Day will punish Democrats who shun people like Flores just because they happen to believe in traditional American values rather than liberal talking points.

My organization, the Committee to Defeat the President, has been mobilizing unprecedented support for pro-Trump Republicans in recent months. The energy on the ground is incredibly high. Based on the Committee’s interactions at the grassroots level, Republican excitement and enthusiasm are palpable. We’re investing in states like New Hampshire and North Carolina because voters are giving the “America First” platform a popular mandate once again.

The red wave is real because no amount of liberal demagoguery or left-wing political spending can overcome America’s popular mandate. And the Biden agenda is historically unpopular.

Believe what you’ve heard about Republican gains in 2022. They are real, and they will wipe out countless Democrats on Election Day.

11Conservative PAC invests $1M to help Budd in final days keep NC Senate seat, defeat Biden agenda

A top anti-Biden super PAC announced Tuesday that it will invest over $1 million in North Carolina to help GOP Senate nominee Ted Budd in the final days of his campaign keep the seat for Republicans and defeat Democrat President Joe Biden’s agenda.

The group, the Committee to Defeat the President, will file for over $1 million in independent expenditures in its effort to help Budd, backed by former President Trump, defeat Democrat rival Cheri Beasley.

Roughly $900,000 will be allocated to strategic digital production, targeted placement and social media advertising – in addition to roughly $250,000 in get-out-the-vote phone calls and text messages.

 

“The people of North Carolina need to recognize that the status quo simply isn’t good enough for America – neither in their state nor the country more broadly,” said committee chairman Ted Harvey. “Americans shouldn’t have to deal with rising prices, higher crime rates, and left-wing radicalism, but that is unfortunately a reality in Biden and Beasley’s America.”

The group says the investment plays to its strengths of turning out historically low-propensity registered Republican voters who have strongly supported Donald Trump, citing recent successes in Tennessee.

“Ted Budd is the man to help get America back on track, and we are proud to support his candidacy for U.S. Senate,” Harvey also says.

11Open-Border Democrats Get What They Deserve, America-First Republicans Get Even

Illegal immigrants in New York! Washington, D.C. too! Martha’s Vineyard even!

Suddenly, the U.S.-Mexico border crisis is real. Because the people affected are now left-wing Democrats in East Coast “sanctuary cities,” rather than those retreads in Florida and Texas, the liberal media has seen the light. Democrats and their media allies have found their common sense, complaining about the “border crisis” (yes, they use those words now)—you know, calling a spade a spade.

In recent weeks, liberal hypocrisy has rightly been exposed by voices across the political spectrum. But this story isn’t just about liberal Democrats getting what they deserve. Establishment Republicans like Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and the entire Bush clan have long sold “immigration reform” as the solution to America’s border problem, proposing policies like a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The issues on display today stem, at least in part, from the “immigration reformers” who regularly refused to uphold the rule of law and looked down on border security. The current chaos on our southern border falls on their shoulders. And, while Democrats are clearly singular in their hypocrisy, the border crisis is a bipartisan boondoggle.

For decades, there has been an unholy alliance between open-border Democrats and establishment Republicans—working with national organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—to undermine law and order. They helped create the crisis by selling a lie that Republicans must appease the Left on immigration to avoid alienating the Hispanic vote.

It was a lie then and it’s a lie now. Along came Donald Trump in 2015, running on the rule of law and border security to defeat his establishment opponents and snag the Republican nomination for president. In 2016, he rode an “America First” platform that included closing the border en route to the White House.

And guess what? Did Hispanic voters abandon the Republican Party in droves? Did they call Republicans xenophobes and racists for simply opposing illegal immigration?

Not quite. To the contrary, Latinos are now more open to voting Republican than ever before, understanding that beliefs like economic growth and limited government benefit them too. Across the political spectrum, Hispanic voters also recognize the fact that illegal immigration only ends up hurting American citizens and immigrants who came here legally. According to The Hill congressional reporter Mychael Schnell, “Some Latino Democrats are frustrated with Democratic efforts to attain legal status for undocumented immigrants.”

Nearly a decade since the “Gang of Eight” proclaimed “immigration reform” as the only path forward for Republicans, Hispanic voters are now siding with Republicans on hot-button issues like inflation. Cue the recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Latino Voters, Once Solidly Democratic, Split Along Economic Lines.”

In 2022, Americans are witnessing an unprecedented demographic shift, with Hispanics rejecting the identity politics of the Left and truly voting their conscience. That is the secret behind Rep. Mayra Flores’ (R-TX) historic election earlier this year.

For Democrats, it’s karma. It’s been a long time coming. Even now, Democrats don’t really have a solution to the immigration problem, choosing to scapegoat red-state governors instead of actually addressing the border crisis. And their ineptitude is borne out in the polling data: Nearly 60 percent of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s immigration policy.

The Hispanic shift—personified by Flores—rejects the liberal hypothesis that opening the southern border would reward Democrats with millions of new votes. There’s a reason why Biden and other Democrats believe in amnesty for illegal immigrants: They see those people as new cogs in the Democratic machine (at least, until the mass migrant move north). This was never about compassion; Democrats have always looked at illegal immigrants as voters to exploit. In the Left’s eyes, the “pathway to citizenship” has always been a pathway to electoral victory.

How the tides have turned. For the first time ever, Republicans are no longer pandering to Hispanic voters with demeaning, racist assumptions. Trump and his supporters embraced Latinos who came here legally as equals, welcoming them to the melting pot and encouraging them to live the American Dream. Like all Americans, Latino voters believe in old-fashioned American values—from education and law enforcement to economic prosperity. They want what most people want: The chance at a better life.

Republicans can relish the liberal hypocrites eating their words now. But let there be a lesson learned too: Put America first, and a wide range of Americans will support you. The Republican Party is finally one big tent.

11Op-Ed: As Democrats Pat Themselves on the Back Over ‘Climate Wins,’ Red Wave Grows

Faced with historically high inflation and a struggling economy, what do Democrats do? Fight climate change, of course! Expand the IRS, of course!

After signing the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” into law, President Joe Biden celebrated “the biggest step forward on climate ever.” Other Democrats welcomed the new army of IRS agents ready to make American taxpayers miserable.

Then there’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who commented that the “Democrats’ economic agenda is driving a steady and robust recovery.”

There’s just one problem: Democrats don’t really have an economic agenda, other than taxing people more. Pelosi’s signature climate package does nothing to address sky-high prices or spur an economic recovery. It does nothing to incentivize small business expansion or job creation.

Despite inflation emerging as the top concern for American voters, out-of-touch Democrats are “hearing” them by tackling greenhouse gas emissions instead. It’s a bizarre strategy leading up to the 2022 elections, to say the least.

One recent New York Times headline put it best: “Biden Signs Climate, Health Bill Into Law as Other Economic Goals Remain.” Ah, yes, the economy remains!

None of this bodes well for Democrats come November. They may celebrate hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending and “climate wins” (whatever that means), but Americans aren’t stupid. They see the writing on the wall.

From sky-high gas prices to staffing shortages and supply chain issues, the economic picture actually isn’t so rosy at the moment. There is still credible talk of recession. Real wages are down nearly 4 percent over the last year (a 40-year record), while inflation exceeds 9 percent (another 40-year record).

In other words, Americans are losing money, while the federal government is content spending hundreds of billions of dollars more. Recent research shows that inflation will cost U.S. families more than $4,000 in 2022 alone,

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American families are indeed blaming Biden for their economic woes. His approval rating has dropped to 36 percent — the worst of his presidency. A record 52 percent of Americans expect the economy to get worse over the next 12 months. And there is little to no faith in Bidenomics to steady the ship: Only 25 percent of Americans believe in Biden’s handling of pocketbook issues like inflation. (The fact that 25 percent still believe in Biden is shocking in itself. Who are these people?)

Electoral signs also shed light on Biden’s historic failures. In recent days, pro-Trump conservatives have run away with primary victory after primary victory in states like Arizona and Michigan. Dozens of Trump-endorsed candidates are well-positioned to secure subsequent victories in their respective states, showing that the “America First” movement of 2016 is still alive and well. Not only that, but Trump voters and their preferred candidates are more energetic than they were even in 2016 and 2020, determined to stop the bleeding in Biden’s America.

I’m on the ground in key battleground states, and the energy is palpable. Early polling in states like Ohio is promising. Americans want to make their country great again. And Trump supporters aren’t the only ones fed up with the status quo. After all, most independents disapprove of the Biden presidency and the failure it breeds.

It’s not enough to voice disapproval. Americans need to vote in 2022. On both sides of the political spectrum, American voters must undo the damage being done by Biden Democrats and bring true leadership back to our nation — from Arizona and Michigan to Washington, D.C.

There is no stronger platform than putting America first. Growing the economy, reducing inflation and expressing patriotism are all winning platforms. Donald Trump proved it in 2016 and his successors are proving it in 2022.

Momentum is on the side of leaders who take pocketbook issues seriously. Economic solutions are the first, second and third priorities — and Republicans have them. The red wave will happen because of the economy, stupid.

In the meantime, Democrats can keep putting out a positive spin. They can keep patting themselves on the back for a job not done. The red wave will only grow larger, sweeping away America’s reality deniers.

The more Biden and Pelosi congratulate themselves, the more out-of-touch they become. And the more their party will lose in November.

11Republicans Must Impeach Merrick Garland, Christopher Wray

Over a week since the Mar-a-Lago raid, accountability is still nowhere to be found. As the liberal media celebrates government overreach, the raid’s legality is a question not asked by those seeking to vilify Donald Trump at every turn.

The Biden administration is clearly desperate to change the subject, while the president ducks media questions on vacation.

But Americans cannot normalize what happened in Florida. By raiding Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, the Washington, D.C. establishment yet again revealed its utter disdain for the man, his agenda, and the tens of millions of Americans who support him to this day. (He’s a more popular president than his successor, by the way.) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) once again showed that federal law enforcement will take a backseat to petty partisan politics, with Trump being treated and disrespected like some villain from a Bond movie.

But just because the FBI’s misconduct is unsurprising does not justify it. To the contrary, the FBI’s “assault” on Mar-a-Lago (to quote Trump) is a stunning abuse of power, and one that sets a dangerous precedent for Republicans to come. President Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), the most partisan since the Obama years, has similarly overstepped its authority by leaps and bounds, choosing to vilify a former president long after his years of public service ended.

And for what reason, exactly? No one knows. But the overarching mission is clear: To stop Trump from running in 2024. Based on recent federal enforcement actions, the endgame is to bar Trump from the 2024 ballot for political reasons.

For years, federal law enforcement agencies have hounded the Trump family, calling the president a Russian pawn and accusing him of betraying his nation, without credible evidence of course. After nearly 700 days of investigation featuring nearly 500 witnesses, the infamous Mueller report on “Russian collision” found nothing. Despite spending more than $30 million to drag Trump’s name through the mud, esteemed bureaucrat Robert Mueller found no credible evidence of said collusion—nothing, nada, zilch.

Yet the Washington swamp grows ever larger, threatening to swallow up those who speak the truth by speaking out against the establishment. Picking up the mantle now is Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Obama-era Supreme Court nominee whose mission is to punish Republicans for daring to do him wrong years ago. Inspired by Mueller, Garland is determined to turn the DOJ into a political weapon wielded against Americans who refuse to toe the leftist line. This is the same man who undermines today’s Supreme Court, accusing conservative judges of eliminating freedom and liberty.

Then there’s FBI Director Christopher Wray, who routinely ducks questions from members of Congress and the mainstream media—while gallivanting on his private jet. Under Wray’s leadership, FBI agents are reportedly stopping investigations into Hunter Biden (e.g. the son of a sitting president) and the Clinton Foundation, scapegoating Trump instead.

Why investigate the family member of the current president, or his shady business dealings in China and Ukraine?

Wray’s FBI also refuses to take the Afghan security threat or U.S.-Mexico border crisis seriously—because that would require doing one’s actual job. When faced with pressing problems at home and abroad, the FBI’s solution is to instead criminalize the Trump family.

Let’s be clear: For all intents and purposes, the FBI and the DOJ are no longer law enforcement purposes; they are effectively tools of the Democratic Party. They are weapons to be used against Donald Trump leading up the 2024 election. You see, Republicans are the true enemies, not Afghan evacuees who pose a security risk to the United States or the millions of illegal immigrants flooding our southern border. No, Republicans are the supervillains in this Bond flick.

In good faith, Americans cannot stand for such unabashed abuses of power. The federal government is crossing a dangerous line, and none more so than the Mar-a-Lago raid. Those responsible must be held accountable for spitting on the rule of law. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is right to introduce articles of impeachment against Garland, and Wray should be added to the list.

As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy put it, federal agencies have “reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.” Come November, it’s time for serious, long-overdue accountability.

When Republicans win back Congress, they should conduct immediate oversight of the DOJ and FBI. They need to investigate and ultimately impeach both Garland and Wray. Expose their corrupt, illegal behavior for what it is: Blind political obsession with destroying Trump before he can be re-elected in 2024. Their attempts to remove Trump from American politics are nothing short of criminal.

Enough is enough. America, it’s time to fight back against the true enemy of the state—the state itself.

11Anti-Biden group targets Kamala Harris for BLM riots

An anti-President Biden super PAC accused Vice President Kamala Harris of engaging in “an insurrection against the United States of America” during “violent” Black Lives Matter protests.

The group is trying to turn the tables on House Democrats investigating former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol building.

A noteworthy development in what Democrats slammed as a publicity stunt is that the group — the Committee to Defeat the President — is targeting Harris instead of Biden, 79, as polling shows that most Democrats don’t want Biden to seek re-election in 2024.

“In light of the violent riots and looting caused by Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioters, Vice President Kamala Harris was and is engaged in an insurrection against the United States of America based on her involvement and support of the BLM movement by praising, supporting, and encouraging BLM protestors,  supporting a BLM bail fund, and participating in BLM protests/marches,” Ted Harvey, chairman of the Committee to Defeat the President, said in a letter sent to the secretaries of state in all 50 states.

Harvey claimed Harris’ actions make her “constitutionally ineligible under the Fourteenth Amendment to run for Federal office, and you should bar her from the 2024 Vice Presidential ballot.”

The group leveled the same complaint with the California secretary of state against Los Angeles Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

Black Lives Matter protesters have thrown Kamala Harris into the spotlight.
Black Lives Matter protesters have thrown Kamala Harris into the spotlight.
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“It’s about time that Kamala Harris and Maxine Waters were held accountable for the Black Lives Matter riots that brought crime and chaos to America. Democrats who explicitly incite insurgency should not be allowed to run for federal office,” Harvey said.

Democrats scoffed at the right-wing group’s equating legitimate protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis with the ransacking of the US Capitol building by supporters of President Trump who sought to overturn the 2020 election results.

“They are comparing actual rioting at the nation’s Capitol building by President Trump’s supporters to promote the lie that the 2020 election was stolen and that led to the death of a Capitol police officer with a legitimate political protest,” said New York state Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs.

The anti-Biden group insisted its complaint about Kamala Harris had to do with the vice president's actions.
The anti-Biden group insisted its complaint about Kamala Harris had to do with the vice president’s actions.
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“At best, this is a distraction. At worst, you’re part of a dangerous conspiracy to upend the democratically-elected government of the United States,” added Jacobs.

The group initially formed as StopHillary.Com when Hillary Clinton ran for president. It became the Committee to Defend the President when Trump was in office and ran for re-election. The activists are now trying to defeat Biden and Harris.

The anti-Biden group insisted its complaint about Harris had to do with the vice president’s actions and was not predicated on whether Biden will seek re-election.

“No, it’s just that the evidence of Harris’ egregious, insurrectionist conduct is obvious and easily pointed to. Joe Biden barely got out of the basement enough to say or do much of anything,” a rep for the group said.

11Republicans Must Honor the Trump-McConnell Legacy After SCOTUS Victories

From religious freedom to the right to bear arms and the end of Roe v. Wade, constitutional conservatism is on a roll in America. Today’s Supreme Court is officially the most conservative in 90 years.

After a slew of recent Supreme Court victories, federal power has been diminished. States’ rights, meanwhile, have been restored in more ways than one. The Constitution now has a defender in the Supreme Court. And the radical Left is raging.

Republicans have much to celebrate. And they have two people to thank in particular: Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

It is important to remember that, back in 2013, Senate Democrats—then in the majority—triggered the nuclear option for the first time. Led by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Democrats changed the rules so that cabinet and lower court nominees could be confirmed with a simple majority, rather than the required 60-vote threshold.

Fast forward to just before the 2016 election, when Republicans were in the Senate majority. All of a sudden, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, offering lame-duck President Obama a historic third appointment to the Supreme Court. In an unprecedented move, McConnell announced that the Senate would not hold any committee hearings on Scalia’s replacement until after the November election. This would provide the new president with the opportunity to make an appointment to fill that vacancy.

Eleven days after his inauguration, President Trump quickly nominated Neil Gorsuch. When it came time to confirm Gorsuch, outraged Democrats made it impossible for Republicans to clear the required 60-vote threshold for a super-majority. It became McConnell’s turn to use the nuclear option and change the rules from 60 votes to 51 votes. And, just like that, the chess board was set for a historic change to the composition of the Supreme Court.

A little over a year later, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the position vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Then, in September 2022, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. Ginsburg’s death opened a vacancy on the Supreme Court just six weeks before the 2020 presidential election, granting Trump and McConnell another historic opportunity.

Only 38 days before the presidential election, Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Ginsburg. Despite blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination during the 2016 election year, McConnell strategically expedited the confirmation of Barrett, giving Trump his third Supreme Court victory—the most by any president since Ronald Reagan.

Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett have all played pivotal roles in championing the Constitution under President Biden, who relentlessly attacks it. When the sitting U.S. president claims the Constitution “was never absolute,” constitutional jurists are critical to the functioning of American democracy. Trump knew it then, and it’s even more true now.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court isn’t alone in its conservative jurisprudence. Under his leadership, Trump appointed nearly as many federal appeals court judges as his predecessor—in half the time. In doing so, he flipped three of America’s 13 federal appeals courts (in Atlanta, New York, and Philadelphia).

McConnell deserves praise too. His Senate leadership made it possible for Trump to rein in the excesses of the Obama administration and reverse the judiciary’s steady decline into naked liberal activism. Nomination after nomination, McConnell worked closely with the Trump administration to deliver charismatic, qualified believers in the Constitution. Even the liberal media has since conceded defeat, with the Trump-McConnell picks expected to “shape American law for generations.” According to Obama official Christopher Kang, “These judges are going to be ruling for decades to come.”

Of course, “ruling” is the wrong word. Conservatives know that judges don’t in fact rule (memo to liberals), but the judiciary branch does serve as a check and balance against left-wing activism that violates the Constitution. And the judiciary is finally working properly as that counterweight.

However, Republicans cannot rest on their laurels. The unprecedented success of Trump and McConnell—the most impactful Senate Majority Leader ever—only proves that elections matter.

As historians often question, do great men make history, or does history make great men? In an odd twist of fate, two American patriots working in unison have changed the course of history for generations to come.

Let the Supreme Court’s recent rulings serve as inspiration in 2022. With loss after Supreme Court loss, Biden Democrats will fight back. From protests to riots and everything in between, the radical Left will stop at nothing to vilify Republicans.

Republicans must respond: Go to the polls and vote your conscience. Now is not the time to let up—not with a failed leader “in charge” and the economy in flux.

Give thanks for Trump and McConnell by voting Republican in 2022. Honor their legacy by voting for it again.

11It’s official: Biden is the worst president of the 21st century

Work in politics long enough, and you start overthinking it. Who’s the target audience? What’s the key talking point? How do you persuade him or her to support you?

In 2022, Republicans cannot fall into the trap of second-guessing themselves and overcomplicating the talking points. The path forward is simple. All signs point to a “red wave.” Every indicator shows President Biden floundering. His approval rating is stuck in the 30s. Just this week, an ABC News/Ipsos poll revealed only 28% of Americans support Mr. Biden’s handling of inflation.

Republicans are running against Mr. Biden — end of story. That is the answer to all questions. The blueprint is simple: Expose Mr. Biden for his litany of failures since January 2021 — drive the point home, again and again.

Why? Because Mr. Biden is the worst American president in decades. He makes his former boss, President Barack Obama, look like a resounding success by comparison (he wasn’t). Not since the Jimmy Carter era have Americans been “led” by such a stunningly incompetent, utterly ineffectual and downright pitiful administration, and that may be harsh to Mr. Carter (it isn’t).

Whether you support former President Donald Trump or not, good-faith Americans can agree: What we have on our hands now is a national travesty. The Biden administration is a comedy of errors that isn’t funny. Mr. Biden’s first term has not been measured by successes, but rather by record-breaking milestones that were once unimaginable.

Let’s run through the numbers: Americans are most concerned about the U.S. inflation rate, and that rate is at its highest point since 1980. The border crisis is at its worst state in more than two decades. Violent crime is more rampant now than in years past, while record-low numbers of Americans are satisfied with government efforts to address it (24%, to be exact.) Then there’s Afghanistan, where American citizens still remain stranded after one of the most infamous foreign policy blunders in recent memory.

And, on top of that, Mr. Biden has handled the COVID-19 pandemic worse than his predecessor, whose administration ramped up vaccine production and handed Democrats a silver platter. This, after Biden promised to stop the virus and not to mandate vaccines.

Need I go on? On every single metric, the Biden administration is failing. Under Mr. Biden, there is no reason to be optimistic about the economy, illegal immigration, crime, public health or foreign policy. The bread-and-butter issues poll so catastrophically for Biden that gun control is now the latest distraction after the Roe v. Wade hubbub fizzled out. (Brace for another topic change soon.)

But even Americans who don’t watch the news or follow politics cannot ignore Mr. Biden’s blunders. They say so themselves: Nearly 80% of American voters believe their country is currently on the wrong track — 80%. With the economy remaining a top concern, even millions of Democrats are pessimistic about the future. And even in 2010, directly after the Great Recession and right before the Tea Party revolution, more Americans were confident in the future. The same goes for Mr. Trump’s tenure.

We are in uncharted waters. But the journey ahead is clear for Republicans: Make the 2022 election a referendum on Mr. Biden, a president who can’t get out of his own way (when he shows up in public at all). There is no reason to pivot from Mr. Biden’s record — whatever that means. It is the punching bag in 2022, so it’s time to punch away.

By the end of the Carter presidency, Americans were ready for a fresh face, new energy and “morning in America.” Two years into Mr. Obama’s first term, Americans voiced and voted their frustrations with a red wave to wash away all other waves. Until now.

In 2022, Republicans have a chance to make the Tea Party revolution look like a tiny drop in the ocean. On the other side is a hapless, defenseless victim of his own making — the worst American president of the 21st century.

11How Karine Jean-Pierre Just Helped the Committee to Defeat the President

On June 7, Dan Backer, attorney for the Committee to Defeat the President PAC, sent the FEC a supplemental letter asking them to enforce federal law and make President Joe Biden file the required forms to declare himself a candidate in 2024. The letter cited public statements Biden and others made that provided further support to the complaint the group filed in October of 2021. Last week, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre boosted Backer’s case.

Backer believes that Jean-Pierre’s statement bolstered the PAC’s complaint, and he submitted an additional supplemental letter that includes it. She is not an unnamed source and has direct contact with Biden regularly. “The press secretary’s public statement underlines our legal case. Biden has clearly formed the requisite mental intent to run for president in 2024. It is time for him to be honest and file the required FEC forms so groups like the Committee to Defeat the President can begin opposing him directly,” Backer said.

Backer asserts that the FEC complaint filed by the PAC was well-substantiated before Jean-Pierre’s tweet. Her clear statement makes the violation blatant. According to Backer, Biden’s campaign committee is still intact and spending money. That infrastructure only exists to run for office. “Short of his death in office, Biden will run in 2024,” Backer predicted confidently.

He is also shocked at the level of open discussion in the media about Biden running for a second term. “The message discipline is gone,” Backer noted. The ongoing chatter in the press signals to him that Team Biden does not have an adequate level of consensus within the party structure or control over the messages getting out. Under Obama and while Democrats were in the minority under Trump, the party line was the message to the public.

Now the fractures within the Democratic caucus are finding their way into media coverage. Two days before Jean-Pierre’s tweet, the New York Times published an article after discussions with Democrat party officials, members of Congress, and voters. According to the authors, when asked if Biden should run in 2024, “Democratic whispers of ‘No’ start rise.”

Democrat strategist David Axelrod went on the record with concerns about Biden’s age. “The presidency is a monstrously taxing job, and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Axelrod said. “He looks his age and isn’t as agile in front of a camera as he once was, and this has fed a narrative about competence that isn’t rooted in reality.”

Axelrod’s comments led The View‘s Joy Behar to scold him on air on Tuesday.”David Axelrod should keep his mouth shut. And you know what, Ronald Reagan’s rule was thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican. And I say onto you, David Axelrod, do not speak ill of a fellow Democrat,” Behar demanded.

The day after the Times article, the poster child for the progressive caucus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), was directly asked if she would support President Biden in 2024. AOC dodged the question by saying she is focused on the midterms in 2022. Obviously uncomfortable, she told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, “I think we should endorse when we get to it.”

The public debate continued after Jean-Pierre’s tweet. She appeared with CNN’s Don Lemon the day after. When he bluntly asked her if Biden had the physical and mental stamina to run, Jean-Pierre shut him down:

At The Atlantic, Mark Leibovich wrote a few thousand words asking Biden not to run. He points out that Biden was born when FDR was president. Leibovich reasons that while Biden may be healthy for his age, he lacks the vigor for a second term.

As a point of professional comparison, Biden would be enjoying his 15th year of retirement if he had spent his career as a commercial airline pilot, or his 24th year if he had been an air-traffic controller. There’s a reason the FAA mandates compulsory departure times for these positions (65 for pilots, 56 for controllers). These are life-and-death tasks that demand peak stamina and mental acuity. The pressure can be crushing, burnout is rampant, and no one wants to see grandpop in the damn cockpit.

A majority of Americans say they would favor a maximum age for their elected officials too. Of those Americans, about two-thirds think the limit should be 70 or younger. This would send nearly 30 percent of the United States Senate out to pasture. I would call this a good start, as hard as it might be to imagine someone other than Dianne Feinstein or Chuck Grassley charting out our kids’ futures.

As the debate among Democrats continues, Backer wants Biden to settle the issue once and for all. With Jean-Pierre confirming the president’s intention to run for a second term, Biden must comply with federal law. If he fails to do so voluntarily, the FEC should force him to file the appropriate paperwork. Backer likes to point out that President Trump’s campaign filed the paperwork to declare him a candidate for 2020 on Inauguration Day 2017. It is long past time for President Biden to do the same.

11Attorney Who Made Hillary Clinton Pay Wants Joe Biden to Come Clean Now

Attorney Dan Backer secured a $113 thousand fine from Hillary Clinton’s campaign for falsely reporting money paid to Perkins Coie as legal expenses when they actually spent it to create the infamous Steele Dossier. Now he is continuing to hold Democrats accountable on behalf of another client. Backer is representing The Committee to Defeat the President, an anti-Biden PAC, and pressing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to declare Joe Biden a candidate in the 2024 election.

Backer filed a formal complaint with the FEC in October 2021. It asserted President Biden met the definition of a candidate for re-election in 2024 based on his public statements. While the FEC opened an investigation, it has not directed the Biden campaign to correct the situation. By contrast, Backer noted the Trump campaign filed the appropriate paperwork for 2020 on Inauguration Day 2017. Earlier this week, Backer sent another letter asking the FEC to compel Biden to comply with federal law.

The letter reiterates that Biden’s principal campaign committee, Biden for President, and the Biden Victory Fund have failed to amend their Statements of Organization to indicate they are now spending money for political benefit and raising funds for Biden’s 2024 presidential campaign. According to Backer, failure to do so deprives the public of campaign finance information it is entitled to under the law.

The United States Code requires each candidate for federal office to designate in writing a political committee to serve as the principal campaign committee for his candidacy within 15 days of becoming a candidate. The candidate meets this requirement by filling out a “Statement of Candidacy” with the FEC. On or about November 6, 2020, Biden filed an amended Statement of Candidacy stating that he is a presidential candidate in the 2020 election, not the 2024 election. It identified the Biden Victory Fund as an authorized committee to raise funds on his behalf.

The code also defines a candidate as an individual who has either received or designated someone to receive more than $5,000 in contributions or made more than $5,000 in expenditures on his behalf. The Victory Fund has either solicited or accepted $1.9 million in contributions since Election Day 2020. As the Fund is the joint fundraising committee for the 2020 campaign, these are impermissible contributions unless Biden declares his 2024 candidacy and appoints the Fund as an authorized fundraising committee.

According to federal law, candidates must report any funds spent on a campaign. It also changes how the PAC classifies the funds it spends opposing Biden’s re-election. By declaring Biden a candidate, the FEC would allow the Committee to Defeat the President to begin campaigning against Biden through independent expenditure advertising campaigns and report these funds appropriately. According to Backer, if team Biden spends money for a political benefit in 2024, it is not getting reported correctly. Backer adds that since the original complaint, there is additional evidence Biden is a candidate for re-election in 2024. The letter cites an article in the New York Intelligencer:

Biden hasn’t formally announced his campaign for a second term, but in his mind there’s no question he’s running. “That’s my expectation,” he said early in his tenure. “Yes!” he told an interviewer nine months later, sighing a little performatively at having to keep repeating it.

The article asserts Biden’s aides believe he has clearly stated his intention to run:

“People ask me with some regularity, ‘When is Biden going to come out and say what he’s going to do?’ ” an exasperated longtime Biden adviser told me recently. “And I say, ‘Well, he has!’ ”

Gabriel Debenedetti’s Intelligencer story is about the consternation in the Democrat Party over the idea Biden may run again. Debenedetti notes:

“Relatively few people outside the White House totally buy it [Biden running]. With Trumpism reascendant, ambivalence about Biden’s age and political standing is fueling skepticism just as the image of his understudy, Vice-President Kamala Harris, dips even further than his.”

When I asked Backer if he really thought Biden would run again, he said, “Any talk of Biden not running in 2024 is Democrat wishful thinking.” He continued, “In short of something awful happening, Biden is the nominee in 2024. He has spent 50 years ruining the country and eyeing this job. He will not exit the race voluntarily.”

Debenedetti’s sources seem to agree:

“It’s been his life,” says one of his longtime advisers. “It’s like a shark that keeps swimming. It’s how he stays alive.” Or as another top Democrat puts it, “He was told in ’16 he couldn’t cut it. He runs in ’20 and everybody rolls their eyes, and he still wins. So why in the world now would he be like, ‘You guys are right. I am old’?”

Backer wants the FEC to force Biden to file correctly so the campaign can begin. “It is outrageous Biden is refusing to comply with federal law,” he noted. “And once again, the FEC seems content to sit back and do nothing.”