“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
By now, everyone knows that Joe Biden has turned the U.S. pullout of Afghanistan into a disaster—especially the Americans stuck in that Taliban-run hellhole. But Biden has other things on his mind (when he can remember what they are).
As of this writing, the president still plans to interrupt his busy schedule for an important trip: He plans to go to California to campaign for Democratic governor Gavin Newsom in the state’s recall election.
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president would fly out to convince voters to keep the governor who brought brownouts to the Golden State. “I can confirm, the president does still plan to go and campaign for Governor Newsom in California,” she said on Wednesday. “That is still certainly his plan.”
Ever since California’s citizens signed up to recall Newsom from office, Biden has had Newsom’s back.
He’s said voters should vote against removing Newsom from his office in the state capital of Sacramento and said — despite all evidence to the contrary — that Newsom is doing a great job in office. “Gov. @GavinNewsom is leading California through unprecedented crises—he’s a key partner in fighting the pandemic and helping build our economy back better,” President Biden tweeted earlier this month. “To keep him on the job, registered voters should vote no on the recall election by 9/14 and keep California moving forward.”
Gov. @GavinNewsom is leading California through unprecedented crises—he's a key partner in fighting the pandemic and helping build our economy back better. To keep him on the job, registered voters should vote no on the recall election by 9/14 and keep California moving forward.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 13, 2021
This is the one area where Vice President Kamala Harris is way more sensitive—or, more likely, way more politically savvy—than her boss: Harris was supposed to stump for Newsom in her old stomping grounds of California this week, but she canceled those plans after the explosions at the airport at Kabul on Thursday morning.
But as of this writing, Biden still plans to campaign for Newsom.
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Think about that: That means Joe Biden thinks that flying the 2,724 miles from Washington, D.C., to Sacramento, California — and then boring the crowd with one of his sleep, wandering speeches — is the best use of his time as commander-in-chief when American soldiers are being killed by terrorists.
Just like he thinks it’s a great idea to open a speech about Afghanistan by rambling on about how the Senate passed an infrastructure bill or the way red state governors are affecting COVID-19 vaccination rates.
His presidency is as disorganized as his speeches — or as Gavin Newsom’s California.
The special election takes place on September 14, and things look bad for Newsom. A poll from SurveyUSA shows that, for the first time, a majority of Californians say they are in favor of recalling Newsom from office and replacing him with one of the 46 other candidates running against him.
The front runner right now is conservative talk show host Larry Elder, a black commentator and non-politician who grew up in South Los Angeles.
Elder actually dared Joe Biden to campaign for Newsom just a few days before Biden said he would be hitting the West Coast campaign trail.
“I’ll believe it when I see Joe Biden come here,” Elder said. “It’s going to backfire.” The other polls show Newsom squeaking by with the skin of his teeth — but the margin has been falling faster and lower every poll.
The failed governor has turned so many people against him that, even if voters don’t throw him out on his ear next month, they want him to start packing his bags when his term ends.
In a poll taken last month, only 42 percent of voters said they wanted Gavin Newsom to run for re-election in 2022.
He passed freedom-crushing lockdown orders in the name of fighting COVID-19 and told Californians eating with family members, “Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites.”
Then he got caught having lunch with 11 people — mostly lobbyists — at the expensive and ultra-ritzy French Laundry restaurant in Napa County. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate is 7.7 percent — two points higher than the national average—homelessness is out of control, and the cost of living has made it impossible for the average family to live a middle-class lifestyle.
So many people have left the state that, for the first time ever, California is losing a seat in Congress after the latest census.
Oh yeah, Joe: Gavin’s done a bang-up job.
Just like you. Birds of a feather…
Can bringing in a failed president help a failed governor keep holding the reins in a failed state?
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Larry Elder practically begged Joe Biden to come to California and “try to defend Gavin Newsom’s record on crime, and on homelessness, and on the outrageous cost of living, and on the way he ignored science and shut down the state to the point where a third of small businesses are gone forever.”
“Out of all the major political figures in America, Gavin Newsom’s one of the few who’s praised the way [Biden] handled the Afghan crisis,” Elder said.
Go ahead: Let Joe Biden’s mastermind command of strategy do to Gavin Newsom’s campaign what he did for Afghanistan.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”