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March 24, 2023

Biden's Approval Falls to the Thirties. But He Has a Secret Weapon

He's now down at close to the lowest level of his ill-gotten "presidency."

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll out today shows just 38% of Americans approve of Biden's performance as president -- barely above the 36% the president scored last July.

Biden has either made most Americans unhappy or has disappointed them. His policies have generated fierce opposition from Republicans and independents, while many on the left say they're disappointed that Biden hasn't done more.

Biden's marks on the economy are even lower. Just 31% approve of Biden's stewardship of the national economy, about where it's been over the course of the last year.

He'd actually recovered a bit to 45% over the winter.

AP notes that only a quarter of Americans agree that the national economy is good, or that the country is headed in the right direction.

That's about two thirds of the partisan Democrat base.

But comes a hero: Kamala Harris is putting out word that she will campaign "extensively" for Biden.

Vice President Kamala Harris is preparing to campaign extensively when President Biden launches his much-anticipated re-election bid, despite concerns in the Democratic Party that her performance in office, criticized by some as uneven, has made her a liability.

Ms. Harris plans to visit urban centers of swing states to persuade Black voters, young people and other liberal constituencies to re-elect Mr. Biden, according to people familiar with discussions about her campaign efforts. She will lead the administration's advocacy for abortion rights, tout the administration's climate investments and echo Mr. Biden's pledge to protect Medicare and Social Security.
Some top Democratic lawmakers and donors have been questioning Ms. Harris's future behind closed doors for months, saying they don't think the vice president has used her platform effectively, according to attendees at these events.

At one recent Zoom event organized by a former speechwriter for Mr. Biden, one of the Democrats aired frustrations with Ms. Harris, questioning whether she would be a liability to the 2024 ticket, according to people familiar with the call. Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer responded saying they could share concerns with Mr. Biden if they wanted. CNN earlier reported the event. The exchange during the call spurred further private discussion on the topic among some who had attended, those people said.

Kamala Harris and her "backers" -- who I think are just Kamala Harris wearing a mustache and affecting a funny voice -- defend her by invoking the Two Pillars of Kamala Apologism.

1, people are racist, and 2, she's not being "positioned for success" by white men.

Her backers said Ms. Harris, the first woman to hold her position and the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, is being held to a different standard from past vice presidents, including Mr. Biden.


Cynthia Johnson, 67, a retired teacher from Laurinburg, N.C., who pointed out she attended an HBCU, like Ms. Harris, said she had been hoping for the vice president to play a bigger role in the administration. "At this point, she is kind of sidelined," Ms. Johnson said. "And I don't get it."

Yes that's right, white men are "sidelining" her.

Say, has she visited the border? She is the Border Czar, you know.

Her backers say she's hanging back... so as not to outshine Biden.

Like most vice presidents, she has little agency in setting the White House agenda and cannot publicly get in front of Mr. Biden on policy or be seen as outshining him, Ms. Harris's allies say.

But Kamala has a lot of big victories that people just don't know about.

Like this one:

She has pushed for changes--big and small--at the White House that have rankled administration officials. Ms. Harris lobbied national security officials to change the way they described female foreign leaders in their briefings to avoid sexist language, such as "prickly," according to those people.

Wow. What a stateswoman.

Meanwhile, Biden has an explanation for why Kamala is "sidelined." Namely, that she has sidelined herself, refusing to actually do anything in the job.

Aides say he's "frustrated" that Kamala just won't "take anything off his plate."

Not the tapioca -- he wants that for later.

WASHINGTON -- Two former White House officials said President Biden is frustrated with Vice President Kamala Harris' performance -- even if he remains committed to keeping her as his running mate in the 2024 election, a new report reveals.

The 80-year-old Biden, who has gone out of his way to praise Harris in recent public remarks, reportedly has griped about his No. 2's reluctance to take on risky assignments.

"A point of tension in their relationship is that I don't think that the president sees her as somebody who takes anything off of his plate" due to a "fear of messing up," one former White House official told Reuters.


Biden has made a point of praising Harris recently -- after prior reports that he's been frustrated with her apparent reluctance to embrace an assignment to reduce record-breaking illegal immigration.

Well, again, that's actually Biden's fault.


The president vented to a friend about Harris in 2021 after he got word that her husband, Douglas Emhoff, was complaining about the tasks assigned to her, including mitigating migration and pushing for a federal voting-rights law, Whipple wrote.

"Biden was annoyed," the book says. "He hadn't asked Harris to do anything he hadn't done as vice president -- and she'd begged him for the voting rights assignment."

It goes without saying that Biden's handlers aren't relying on Kamala Harris to deliver an election win.

Instead, they're banking on what "won" them the election in 2020: rigging the the elections again, by ordering federal agencies to work with third-party megadonors like Mark Zuckerberg to turn out the vote... in Democrat districts.

Roughly two years ago, President Biden issued an executive order that went relatively unnoticed and has been mostly forgotten by now, but which endangers the integrity of our elections.

Executive Order 14019 instructs federal agencies, some of which are unrelated to election administration, to collaborate with external private groups to "promote voter registration and voter participation."

As innocuous as this sounds on its face, the White House is emulating billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's efforts to influence the 2020 election and turning it into a publicly-funded operation. That's right: who needs Zuckerbucks when taxpayers like you can fund Democrat voter outreach?

And before you say that's unconstitutional, since when has that mattered to the radical left that feels entitled to power and will do anything to preserve it?

Naturally, the Biden administration has been deliberately vague about the specifics of how government agencies will collaborate with these private groups to engage voters. But the 2024 election is fast approaching, and the White House has quietly disclosed some of the details of how it will repurpose government agencies into a massive taxpayer-funded "get-out-the-vote" operation for the Democrats.


Don't forget that there's nothing preventing the White House and partisan bureaucrats in federal agencies from hand-picking groups that favor "get-out-the-vote" activities for Democrats, ensuring their electoral victories for years to come.

As grim as this situation sounds, we can fight this. Just as state legislatures have banned or restricted Zuckerbucks, they can do the same here. "To start, state legislatures can pass laws requiring approval before any new federal funds or new election administration guidance can be accepted or followed by state agencies," explain Tarren Bragdon and Madeline Malisa at our sister site, Townhall. "Legislatures can also require state agencies to notify them when a federal agency tries to contact them through a backchannel." Congress can similarly refuse to fund these agencies and their efforts to boost Democrats.

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