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Biden morphs into Carter faster than Jimmy did

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 8/27/2021 Paul Bedard
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Back in May, when inflation headlines were raging, gas prices were surging, and the coronavirus crisis was kicking in again, critics of President Joe Biden tried to label him the new Jimmy Carter. Former President Donald Trump joked, “That is very unfair to Jimmy Carter.”

The label didn’t stick in most circles because Carter was saddled with one crisis Biden had avoided, the foreign policy debacle in the Iran hostage crisis.

But now, as Biden muddles through a much worse crisis in Afghanistan, the comparison is returning, and this time, it’s sticking.

GOP pollster John McLaughlin said that it is shocking how fast Biden’s image has sunk. “It took Jimmy Carter four years to collapse. Biden did it in seven months,” he said, citing new polling showing a double-digit drop in the Democrat’s approval rating to just 41%.

“We saw the erosion coming since May and June. Our Aug. 3 national poll had the national right direction collapse to only 42% and the wrong track rise to 53%. That was merely due to the illegal immigration crisis, rise of crime, and inflation. Then, Biden did what no president has ever done. He surrendered Afghanistan to a terrorist group and left Americans behind. It could get even worse very quickly,” he added.

His brother Jim and co-founder of McLaughlin & Associates added, “And it’s going to get worse. All the bad stuff is still getting baked in.”

Historian Craig Shirley, who has written several bestselling biographies of former President Ronald Reagan, who easily defeated Carter in 1980, said that Biden may be worse off because Carter appeared a capable chief executive in his first few years before inflation and the hostage crisis crashed his presidency.

Jill Biden, Rosalynn Carter, Joe Biden sitting posing for the camera: In this April 30, 2021, photo released by The White House, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter pose for a photo with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the home of the Carter's in Plains Ga. Adam Schultz/AP © Provided by Washington Examiner In this April 30, 2021, photo released by The White House, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter pose for a photo with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the home of the Carter's in Plains Ga. Adam Schultz/AP

“Biden is a worse president than Carter because Carter proceeded cautiously in his first couple of years. Inflation was tolerable in his first couple of years. But Carter also abandoned Iran and left 50 American hostages behind two years later,” he said.

Those hostages, however, were returned as Reagan entered office. The difference now is that it looks like Biden will leave people behind, he said.

Democratic pollster John Zogby, however, said that the critics should slow down in the comparisons to Carter.

“It is far too early to make any definitive statement about the term of Joe Biden. The economy is an enigma with high growth in jobs, yet fewer people willing to work for prevailing wages. Inflation is soaring, and that produces the risk of the ugly stagflation of the 1970s. Carter was dealt a bad hand with the Iran hostage crisis just as Biden was in an untenable position with Afghanistan. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't,” said Zogby.

However, he added, Biden has lots of time to pull out of his mess before he faces the voters. “He may very well get his infrastructure bills once the noise dies down. He will be given credit for his actions on climate change, a big issue for younger voters. And he was on his way toward restoring the U.S.'s image overseas, though Afghanistan surely is hurting now. It’s too early to make a judgment,” said Zogby.

But like the McLaughlins, many outside of Washington see Biden heading to failure.

Alfredo Ortiz, the president and CEO of the influential Job Creators Network, for example, said the parallels are clear to “ordinary Americans."

He cited surging prices on everyday necessities, weak job growth, threats of high taxes, and the Afghan debacle as permanent stains that Biden won’t be able to wash out.

“The American people can only hope,” he said, “that Biden follows Carter in yet another respect, being ousted after only one term in office.”

 

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