by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The rollout, if one can call President Joe Biden’s pathetic, anemic reelection announcement video a rollout, of Biden’s 2024 campaign showed he plans to campaign on abortion rights and the supposed extremism of MAGA Republicans. In his position, such a strategy makes sense. After all, these issues worked well for Democrats in 2022, and, given that his administration’s policies have run America into the ground, he can’t very well run on his record.
A negative campaign is hardly unprecedented. Just ask former President Barack Obama, who ditched his prior message of hope and change in 2012 to run a largely negative campaign against Mitt Romney. Via a blitz of brutal attack ads, his team managed to define Romney early on as a rich, out-of-touch elitist who did not care about ordinary people. …
… Republicans ought to keep this in mind as we enter into the 2024 season. Biden has abused his power repeatedly over the course of his long political career. And, now that Republicans control the House, his numerous transgressions are coming to light. Developments over the past two weeks alone have handed the GOP a vast amount of material with which to work.
On Wednesday, we learned that a whistleblower told Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that the FBI possesses an unclassified document alleging a criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden. This prompted House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) to issue a subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray. …
… The corruption surrounding Biden and his family runs deep, and the GOP would do well to exploit it. House investigators must continue their full-court press from now through Election Day 2024 to expose the Biden family’s malfeasance to the public.
Taking the high road has gotten Republicans nowhere.