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A Flailing President

President Joe Biden walks after delivering remarks on the Delta variant and his administration’s efforts to increase vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, September 9, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Axios informs us that “President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats’ budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday,” declaring in a headline, “Biden bombs with Manchin.

Every politician walks into office with an enormous, and probably unrealistic, sense of his own ability to persuade others. But with each passing week, the gap between the president that Joe Biden thinks he is, and the president that he actually is, grows a little bit wider.

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