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MARCH 10,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT!

THE MARCH OF MADNESS – FROM FOX:    "Squad" member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., joined a group of her Democratic colleagues in calling on President Biden's education secretary to suspend standardized testing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Omar signed onto a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona that urged the new secretary to "provide all states with waivers" for federal standardized testing "for this school year."  "We should be prioritizing the students’ academic, and emotional well-being, not arbitrary standardized testing goals," wrote Omar, responding to a tweet from Rep. Erin Murphy calling for a pause on standardized testing.  "Proud to join [Rep. Jamaal Bowman] in an effort to provide students with standardized testing waivers for this academic year. #SuspendTheTests," she added.
Murphy’s tweet called for Biden to suspend standardized testing, as well.  Clearly, this is just the start of an assault on standardized tests and standards generally.  It's based on the notion that all standards are "racist" and are unfairly holding back certain groups.  Wouldn't it be a better idea to prepare students properly for the tests, rather than abolishing the tests themselves?

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB – FROM AMERICAN GREATNESS:   An air traffic controller is ringing alarm bells about the Biden administration’s mask mandates, warning that the face coverings are creating a serious safety hazard.  Investigative journalist Alex Berenson reported on Twitter that he received an “urgent warning” from an air traffic controller who works at a major Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The whistleblower told Berenson that the FAA issued a guidance about a month ago requiring controllers to “wear masks at all times” while at work and in position, and warned that the directive could have devastating consequences for airline passengers and pilots.  Prior to this, he said, most controllers took off masks while speaking directly with pilots.  The whistleblower noted that posters have gone up where he works that say “mask up for the mission,” and his supervisors are now insisting that they keep the masks on while speaking with pilots. “For context, our headsets use a boom microphone that adjusts to fit somewhere an inch or two away from our face. It has created an issue where we get a lot more read-back errors from pilots on instructions because they can’t hear us clearly over the radio,” he explained.  Another brilliant Biden administration move.  I guess they're following the "science," right to disaster.

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THE WHISPERS ARE BECOMING LOUDER – AT 11:30 P.M. ET:  We continue on the theme that we hit yesterday, the clear and developing matter of the president's ability to carry out the job to which he was elected.  It could become an all-consuming issue very soon, despite attempts by the worst of the mainstream press to avoid the question altogether, and the pathetic announcements by the White House today that President Biden will soon get out in public more. 

Fox this evening ran a devastating comparison between the Joe Biden of a decade ago and the Joe Biden of today.  One had to be appalled that the man who may have to make a nuclear decision at 3 a.m.  has deteriorated into the shell that he is.  As we've pointed out, enemies of this nation are watching.   And so are the American people.  From the Washington Examiner: 

It doesn’t take much for the nation’s voters to become concerned that President Biden, the oldest new chief executive at 78 years old, might not be up for the job.

The latest proof: His resistance to holding a full-blown press conference now 49 days into his presidency has half the country worried.

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters, 50% said they are not confident that “Joe Biden is physically and mentally up to the job of being president of the United States.” Another 48% have confidence in Biden, though only 34% were “very confident” that he was up to the job.

Driving that, Rasmussen said, was Biden’s refusal to meet with reporters. He has had some interactions with the small pool of reporters, but his sometimes awkward speaking style has led to criticism. And the White House has recently cut short his appearances.

Rasmussen said today 52% of likely voters are concerned that he hasn’t held a press conference and that 46% aren’t.

And 76% of those not confident of Biden’s ability are very concerned about the lack of press conferences, Rasmussen added.

The split decision on Biden so far comes as the White House has also been silent on the president giving a State of the Union address. Proponents are shocked he hasn’t made his way to Capitol Hill to declare the opening of the new Biden era and share his plans.

But the results shouldn’t be surprising considering preelection polling that showed many voters were concerned that Biden would resign before the end of his first term.

COMMENT:  The question must be asked:  Who in a democratic nation decides whether a president is fit for office?  The answer is clear.  The American people decide, and they don't need a doctor's note to help with their decision.  If they look at a president, and have no confidence in the person they see, that's it.  And the numbers are becoming very bad for Joe Biden.  Formal governmental procedures for removing a president under the 25th Amendment are there, but we will know the truth before the politicians do.

Stay tuned.  This sad story, and it is sad, is continuing.  I cannot see a happy ending.

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MARCH 9,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

A PASSING TO NOTE – FROM FOX:    Roger Mudd, the longtime political correspondent and anchor for NBC and CBS who once stumped Sen. Edward Kennedy by simply asking why he wanted to be president, has died. He was 93.  CBS News says Mudd died Tuesday of complications of kidney failure at his home in McLean, Virginia.  During more than 30 years on network television, starting with CBS in 1961, Mudd covered Congress, elections and political conventions and was a frequent anchor and contributor to various specials. His career coincided with the flowering of television news, the pre-cable, pre-Internet days when the big three networks and their powerhouse ranks of reporters were the main source of news for millions of Americans.  Besides work at CBS and NBC, he did stints on PBS’s "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and the History Channel.  When he joined Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer’s show in 1987, Mudd told The Associated Press: "I think they regard news and information and fact and opinion with a reverence and respect that really is admirable."  A reporter of the old school, probably not employable today.  He doesn't check off one of the required diversity boxes,

A ONCE-GREAT POLITICAL PARTY – FROM FOX:   The entire Nevada Democratic Party staff quit after a left-wing slate of candidates picked up seats in the party's leadership.  The party's executive director, Alana Mounce, sent an email to Judith Whitmer, who won a spot as the party's chair on Saturday, notifying Whitmer that she and other staff members were resigning.  That included the party's operations director, research director, communications director, and finance director, The Intercept reported Monday.  Whitmer had run as part of the "The NV Dems Progressive Slate," in opposition to the "The Progressive Unity Slate," run by the Democratic Party.  "We weren’t really surprised, in that we were prepared for it," Whitmer told the Intercept. "But what hit us by surprise and was sort of shocking is that for a slate that claimed that they were all about unity, and kept this false narrative of division going on throughout the entire campaign — in fact they kept intensifying that — that’s what was surprising about it, was the willingness to just walk away, instead of working with us."  Many of those who won are formal members of the Democratic Socialists of America.  They have become the real Democratic Party. 

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THE QUESTION CONTINUES TO GROW – OVERNIGHT:  Who is in charge at the White House?  Do we believe the propaganda ministry or our own lyin' eyes?  It is perfectly clear that the president is in poor shape, and getting worse by the day.  He mumbles, he forgets, he's sometimes incoherent.  We've pointed out that a number of his appointments at the sub-Cabinet level, where the daily decisions are really made, are from the far left of the Democratic Party.  Is it the Biden administration?  Or the Obama administration?  Or is Bernie Sanders the key man?

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris isn't missing a beat.  The ambition oozes.  From Fox: 

Vice President Kamala Harris had another call with a foreign leader Tuesday, independent of President Biden.

Harris spoke with the prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, where Harris "affirmed her commitment to deepening the strong alliance between Norway and the United States."

" The Vice President thanked the Prime Minister for Norway’s close security partnership with the United States and generous contributions to development and health security efforts around the world," according to a readout of the call.

Harris previously took calls alone with French President Emanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after the president put in a call to the French and Canadian leaders himself.

Less than two months into the new administration, Harris’ frequent solo calls with world leaders signal that she’ll engage deeply even in foreign policy, though her experience has been almost entirely in the domestic realm. Leaders around the world could view the vice president as Biden’s heir-apparent and be eager to build a relationship.

"She will be seen by everyone as a potential president in waiting," one European ambassador told Politico in February. "Much more than in previous presidencies."

She also participated in the first bilateral meeting of the new administration, between the U.S. and Canada, an opportunity not afforded to Biden during his time in Harris' job.

COMMENT:  What many are saying privately, and increasingly hinting at in public, is that Biden isn't long for the Oval Office.  If his decline continues, even his press secretary will not be able to hide it. 

As for Kamala Harris, I wonder if she carries a stethoscope.  Remember, she ran for president last year and had to drop out of the Democratic primaries before a single primary vote was cast, because her poll standings were so low.  She usually performs below expectations.  If she becomes president quickly, the American people might be slow to give her much support.

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