The New Yorker turns on Biden

The New Yorker turns on Biden

The New Yorker has published a column that refers to Joe Biden’s presidency as a “jumble of aspirations” that retains a “haze of uncertainty” — becoming the latest left-leaning media outlet to criticize the Biden administration.

The column’s headline read, “It’s too early to consign Joe Biden to the ash heap of history,” but warned it wasn’t “too early for Democrats to start panicking.”

“The Biden Presidency, on both the foreign and domestic fronts, remains a jumble of aspirations — and retains a haze of uncertainty about how to achieve them,” Susan B. Glasser wrote in the article published Thursday.

“Much of his political problem, it seems to me, is a vast gap between his articulated goals and what is politically possible.” 

Glasser, who is also a CNN analyst, added: “In a purely practical sense, the challenge for Biden is that he hasn’t got to the hard part yet.”

She noted that Biden couldn’t begin to negotiate with Republicans or China until he could overcome hurdles with his allies — a nod to his recent rift with France and obstacles posed by left-leaning Democrats in the House.

“The warning lights are undoubtedly flashing red for Biden right now,” Glasser said, referencing his low approval rating.

Despite the criticism, the columnist argued it was “wildly overstated” for conservatives to declare Biden’s presidency “dead” or “failed” — adding it was a “conservative analogue to the many progressives who declared Biden the second coming of F.D.R. this spring, merely because he had proposed a wave of expensive progressive legislation that may or may not ever get through Congress.”

“It was too soon then to nominate him to a place on Mount Rushmore; it is too soon now to consign him to the ash heap of history,” Glasser wrote, suggesting it could be a “return to normalcy in American politics” where approval ratings vary depending on how a president is doing.

Elsewhere, Glasser suggested that Biden’s approach to infighting among Democrats over the infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill was vastly different from the Trump era.

President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
President Biden took heat for not taking questions from the United States media during his public session with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Glasser, a virulent critic of former President Donald Trump, pointed to how Biden hasn’t tweeted to denounce members of his party, or fired those who have angered him.  

“Instead, Biden’s approach to the matter of the irreconcilable camps in his party is very similar to his approach to everything — a philosophy neatly summed up in his address to the U.N. General Assembly this week as ‘relentless diplomacy,’ rather than ‘relentless war,’” she wrote.

It comes after other outlets — including the New York Times — published columns or articles in recent weeks that have been critical of Biden.  

A column in the Times, written by conservative writer Bret Stephens on Sept. 7, was headlined: “Another Failed Presidency at Hand.”

Meanwhile, a Washington Post reporter compared Biden to Trump on Tuesday when the president failed to take questions from American reporters following a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Worth noting that Biden ran for office promising to restore democracy after 4 years of Trump. But today it was the British leader, NOT the American one, who spotlighted a key tenet of a flourishing democracy – respect for a free press – by taking questions from his press corps,” White House bureau chief Ashley Parker tweeted.

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