Joe Biden, Nowhere Man

President Joe Biden speaks about coronavirus vaccine booster shots at the White House in Washington, D.C., September 24, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
Unless Biden can reconcile his party's competing priorities, his presidency will continue to unravel.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J oe Biden’s beleaguered presidency has fueled criticism of the man himself — his history of policy missteps, mental incapacity, and inept administrative style, as well as his family struggles. Whatever his personal flaws, though, the real cause of Biden’s incoherent and even contradictory policies lies not in his incompetence but in the contradictory nature of his agenda and his party.

Biden, despite decades in politics, remains something of a nowhere man, with no demonstrated, consistent worldview beyond expediency. He was elected because corporate power brokers saw him as the only viable alternative first to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and then

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Joel KotkinMr. Kotkin is the presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., Washington Fellow at the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life, and the executive director of the Urban Reform Institute. His new book is The Coming of Neo-Feudalism.


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