by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In the run-up to the 2020 elections, we were bombarded with stories about Republicans who were not only opposed to Donald Trump’s reelection but were actively campaigning on behalf of Joe Biden.
These Republicans didn’t just express disdain for Trump, they sang Biden’s praises, calling him a uniter, a reasonable centrist, an honest man, someone who’d reach across the aisle “to get things done.” Now, after Biden’s first 100 days in office, we can see how well those promises have held up.
Our judgment in three words: Not. At. All.
Biden is governing as the most leftist president in history. He has shunned Republicans at every turn. He’s attacked the U.S. as racist. He’s been caught in flagrant lies. And so on.
So let’s see what exactly those “Republicans for Biden” were promising that a vote or Biden would produce. And let’s compare those with what the news tells us is happening now.
I’m sure there are Republicans and independents who couldn’t imagine crossing over to support a Democrat. They fear Joe may turn sharp left and leave them behind. I don’t believe that because I know the measure of the man. It’s reasonable, faithful, respectful.” — John Kasich
Sorry, John, but those fears were perfectly justified as Biden quickly shed any pretense of centrism to “go big” with trillions of dollars in new government programs. In fact, the leftist “mainstream” media are falling over themselves with glee over how liberal he’s proven to be. …
… How is Biden doing on that “work with everyone” to “get things done” score? Is he reaching across the aisle to make deals? Even Kasich is expressing frustration that Biden isn’t the “work with everyone” president he and others promised.