In this episode of Regardless of How Much Lipstick You Put on a Pig, It’s Still a Pig…
Let’s be honest. Politicians on both sides of the political aisle spin. They always have and they always will. While Republicans don’t hold a candle to Democrat spinning skills, few Democrats have the ability to spin like Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. And on Sunday, Buttigieg put on a spinning masterclass of Joe Biden’s “accomplishments” that was downright dizzying — and a complete crock of crap.
Anyway, Buttigieg sat down with “Meet the Depressed Press” host Chuck Todd to spin like a crazed top about the virtual cornucopia of successes [sarc] enjoyed by Joe Biden and his administration during Joe’s first two years in the White House, including the “success” of the U.S. economy under Corn Pop’s pal’s “leadership.”
But before we go to Pete and Chuck, let’s first check in with ABC News for a few recent facts (emphasis, mine):
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Four in 10 Americans say they’ve gotten worse off financially since Joe Biden became president, the most in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 37 years. Political fallout includes poor performance ratings for Biden and a tight hypothetical Biden/Trump rematch next year.
Given the disaffection with both leaders, a rerun of the 2020 presidential election is hardly enticing: Nearly six in 10 Democratic-aligned adults don’t want to see Biden nominated again for the job, and half on the Republican side would rather not see Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.
If those were the choices and the election were today, the poll suggests it could be close: Among all adults, 48 percent support Donald Trump and 44 percent are for Biden; it’s a similar 48-45 percent among registered voters. The differences are within the poll’s margin of sampling error.
Inflation peaked at 9.1 percent in last June, a 40-year high; it’s eased since but remained a still-high 6.5 percent in December. That’s produced widespread economic pain. Nearly two years into Trump’s presidency, 25 percent of Americans said they’d gotten better off since he took office. As noted, fewer, 16 percent, now say the same about life under Biden.
After Trump’s first year, just 13 percent felt worse off financially. That spiked to 35 percent under Biden a year ago, and its level now, 41 percent, is the most measured in 33 ABC/Post polls since September 1986. The previous high was 36 percent among registered voters in September 2011, amid a plethora of economic troubles including 9 percent unemployment.
Now toss in the Biden Border Crisis, Biden Energy Crisis, Biden Supply Chain Crisis, Biden Afghanistan Debacle, Bidenflation, and Joe’s recent handling of the Chinese surveillance balloon, and ask yourself: What has this guy accomplished in more than two years?
I honestly cannot think of a single meaningful Biden accomplishment, but I can point to multiple intentional actions by the 46th president that have made life harder for tens of millions of Americans over the last two years.
However, as I suggested at the top, Buttigieg sees it a bit differently than I do. Moreover, the Transportation secretary’s explanation of why a majority of American want Biden kicked to the curb in 2024 or sooner was a stand-up comedy one-liner that should be immediately enshrined in the Comedy Hall of Fame.
First, here’s Chuck with the silly powder puff set-up for Pete:
Let’s go to the president’s [upcoming] State of the Union [address]. Look, he’s got a lot of things to tout. Why do you think it has not penetrated the American public?
Did I mention that Chuck’s also a hilarious clown? Anyway, here’s Pete’s response (emphasis mine):
Well, these things don’t sell themselves and it’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to the State of the Union address. I will say that there have been so many accomplishments under this administration, it can be difficult to list them in a distilled way.
Did you spit whatever you’re drinking all over your screen? And here’s the translation of Buttigieg’s asinine claim: “A majority of the American people are too stupid to understand the transformative accomplishments of Joe Biden and his crack administration.”
While Buttigieg’s spin was priceless, the hilarity couldn’t have been better.
First, Pete, and let’s pretend Biden and his equally-feckless administration have enjoyed enough accomplishments to fill up Joe’s garage — they (and you) haven’t; you lied — perception is often more important than fact.
Moreover, Pete, as you well know, politicians tend to play to the lowest common denominator of their respective bases because the demographic typically carries the largest number of votes, so you can ‘splain till the chickens come home to roost (in 2024) to your heart’s content, but if a majority of Americans are too simpleminded to appreciate the great wisdom of Joseph Biden Robinette Jr. and his equally-brilliant administration, you’re still screwed, are you not? (The answer is “Hell yes.”)
Buttigieg continued to slather lipstick on the pig:
Recently, the president hosted a send-off for Ron Klain, the departing chief of staff that I thought was especially moving when you think back in historic terms to what it means to inherit one of the toughest situations faced by any president since FDR, passed the most significant legislation on our economy in many ways, since FDR.
While facing the largest land war in Europe since Truman, achieving the second most important healthcare bill since LBJ, and the most important infrastructure bill since Eisenhower, as Ron put it. That was just the beginning of the list of accomplishments.
Where does one begin? An honest one, that is? Should we laugh, cry, or both? So what “toughest situation” did Joe inherit, exactly, Pete?
While Trump largely inherited a robust economy from Barack Obama — which Trump of course typically described as “a disaster” — neither guy deserved kudos for the state of the economy while they were in office given it was in a decade-long expansion. IMHO, of course.
So in fact Trump inherited a strong economy that grew stronger throughout his presidency until the pandemic — and the draconian response to it — struck the country. Thus, Trump became the only president in modern history to leave office with fewer U.S. jobs than when his term began.
Let’s see, what else? Ah, the Russia-Ukraine war. While the final script has yet to be written, some argue that Biden’s virtual blank-check policy of depleting U.S. armament stockpiles and shipping them to Ukraine amounts to a moral duty of sorts, others warn that the inept president is slow-walking the U.S. into Word War III. Who’s right? Again, the answer remains to be seen.
And, healthcare? Since Barack Obama hoodwinked most of America into believing Obamacare was the best thing since sliced bread — until they found out it was anything but — “Democrat healthcare” couldn’t be more oxymoronic. Then again, since Biden believes on-demand abortion up until the moment of would-be birth is an “essential healthcare service,” Buttigieg’s equal take on healthcare is self-explanatory.
Finally, Biden’s so-called “infrastructure” package was and remains anything but.
But hey, believe Pete Buttigieg — not your own eyes.
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