Joe Biden’s First Mistake

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 22, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Biden doesn't have to make governing hard for himself. But he probably will, if his term's inauspicious start is anything to go on.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J oe Biden has been around long enough that he knows a president really gets to do only one or two things. Barack Obama got his failed health-care scheme, Ronald Reagan got his tax cuts and eventual victory in the Cold War, Donald Trump got Paul Ryan’s tax cuts and Mitch McConnell’s judges, Bill Clinton got . . . reelected.

Fortunately for Biden, he has only one thing to do at home. Unfortunately, he is already screwing that one thing up.

COVID-19 is, for the foreseeable future, the only domestic issue. From the specific public-health problem to the economy to crime and homelessness


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