Days before midterm elections White House Report Card finds President Joe Biden flailing to save his presidency and the Democrats’ control of Congress as inflation continues to rob wallets, thousands of illegal immigrants enter the United States, and crime expands in typically crime-free areas.
Biden tried to inject himself into several House and Senate races and even gave a speech warning that the GOP would destroy democracy, but voters did not appear to be listening. Even his friendly media started to question his control on the issues — and his mental competence.
In his last analysis before Election Day, Democratic pollster John Zogby told Secrets that the edge Republicans have held for weeks appears to continue and that the party “has a clear advantage going into Election Day.”
One surprising reason is because women are ditching the Democrats, likely due to the higher costs of food and gas and surging crime in neighborhoods and stores they shop in. “It’s the House and Senate Republicans that are making the most gains on issues including inflation, crime, and immigration,” said Zogby, who graded Biden’s week a lackluster C-.
Another top pollster, Rasmussen Reports, agreed and said that the Republican advantage on the so-called generic ballot is huge, about 5 percentage points. In the analysis, Rasmussen said that Biden is losing independent voters big time.
Four days ahead of Election Day, Republicans have a five-point lead in their bid to recapture control of Congresshttps://t.co/1kTa0FHXRU pic.twitter.com/cY49nNcYMA
— Rasmussen Reports (Happy To Pay $8/Mth!) (@Rasmussen_Poll) November 5, 2022
In a surprise twist, New York Times published a report on Friday grilling the 46th president for making exaggerations about his successes on the economy.
Times reporters Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley published a piece on Friday titled, “As Elections Approach, Biden Spins His Economic Record,” which claimed that the president’s boasts about his economic achievements were not true.
The report began by summing up the White House economic spin, “As President Biden and his administration have told it in recent months, America has the fastest-growing economy in the world, his student debt forgiveness program passed Congress by a vote or two, and Social Security benefits became more generous thanks to his leadership.”
The piece declared, “None of that was accurate.” The report also claimed, “The president, who has long been seen as embellishing the truth, has recently overstated his influence on the economy, or omitted key facts.”
It then mentioned an erroneous claim recently made by the White House on Social Security. Quoting Biden and then correcting him, the Times said, “’On my watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are getting an increase in their Social Security checks,’ he declared. The problem: That increase was the result of an automatic cost-of-living increase prompted by the most rapid inflation in 40 years.”
The piece added, “Mr. Biden had not done anything to make retirees’ checks bigger — it was just a byproduct of the soaring inflation that the president has vowed to combat.” The official White House Twitter account made that same claim about Social Security this week, receiving a swift, community-based fact check from Twitter. The White House then took the tweet down.
Further skewering Biden, the Times stated, “It is common for presidents to spin economic numbers to improve their pitch to voters,” yet “the president’s cheerleading has increasingly grown to include exaggerations or misstatements about the economy and his policy record.”
The piece did insist that Biden’s “economic exaggerations generally pale in comparison to the tales spun by his predecessor, President Donald J. Trump,” though the very fact that a major liberal media outlet would go after Biden on falsehoods, turned heads on social media. The Times did not note former President Trump’s claims that are true.
Conservative journalist Michael Caputo encouraged the paper to go further: “Go ahead say it, NYTimes, do it. You can say it: Biden is a liar.”
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted, “I’m suspicious of NYT’s motivation for printing the truth about Biden. It’s out of character for them. Perhaps blaming him and his gaffs for the midterm results is the beginning of the left’s effort to replace him with a different nominee in 2024.”
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Brian Riedl appreciated the authors for their honesty in reporting the piece. He tweeted, Credit to @arappeport and @jimtankersley for reporting on the White House’s record of economic misinformation. Its getting worse, and even this article barely scratches of surface of the dishonesty they produce on economic policy, which goes well beyond normal political spin.”
Blaze Media CEO Tyler Cardon surmised that Democrats are tired of their president. He wrote, “They’ve seen enough.”
Former Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller remarked, “Even NYT says Biden is a liar. Vote out the Biden lackeys on Tuesday.”
National Review’s Jeff Blehar commented, “don’t blame this poor old man it’s not his fault.”
Washington Examiner’s Jed Babbin gave Biden Grade F, noting, “It was a week of desperation for Biden as it looks like the “red wave” is about to crush his dinghy on Election Day.”