Nearly a week after Election Day, the country is still tense as the final congressional elections are counted to determine who will control the House of Representatives for the next two years.
But half a world away, President Joe Biden already has a guess.
And it must make him unhappy – for many reasons.
At a news conference Monday in Indonesia, after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, Biden fielded questions from a preselected list of reporters, according to Fox News.
(The fact that Biden routinely relies on totalitarian practice with the liberal media is even more appalling to Americans who remember his predecessor, Donald Trump, who was routinely involved in free-flowing interactions with a White House press corps he was named knew he hated him.)
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One issue Fox said wasn’t on the list concerned Democrats’ obsession with “abortion rights” — specifically, in this case, the use of federal laws to circumvent the Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned the Roe v. Wade decision, which Legalized Abortion in the United States. (The court’s Dobbs ruling returned the matter to state legislatures, but Democrats don’t like the people to have power.)
“What should Americans expect from Congress when it comes to post-midterm abortion rights?” asked NBC’s Peter Alexander.
Biden’s response represented a rare moment when one of his statements was based on reality.
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“I don’t think they can expect much of anything other than us holding our positions. I won’t go into further questions. I shouldn’t have answered your question at all,” he said.
“I don’t think there will be enough voices to codify unless something unusual happens in Parliament. I think we’re going to get very close in the house … but I don’t think we’re going to make it,” Biden concluded.
(Leave aside for a moment who exactly tells the President of the United States when to answer questions and when not to. Perhaps future historians will tell future generations how Americans learned too late that First Lady Edith Wilson actually ran for the show 100 years ago when “President” Woodrow Wilson, her husband, was laid down after suffering a stroke.)
Of course, Biden blurting out statements is nothing new. And it’s entirely possible that a White House clean-up crew will be out shortly to claim that Biden specifically spoke about a possible abortion bill versus House control. But with the abortion circle dominating the Democratic Party, the two are one and the same.
The party built its mid-term campaigns around the issue. Legalized abortion resonated so well with Democrats that last year, the party was missing only Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar in an otherwise unanimous vote to pass “abortion rights” legislation, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The only thing they are more in agreement on is taxes and expanding the IRS.
Whatever may emerge in the coming hours or days, Biden wasn’t talking about abortion, he was talking about House control.
Even the left-leaning publication The Hill noted, “It was the first time he appeared to concede that Democrats were not on track to hold a majority in the House of Representatives after Tuesday’s midterm elections.”
As of Monday afternoon, Republicans were six short of the 218 votes they need to control the chamber, according to Fox News. With 19 house races remaining, the GOP has 212 seats to the Democrats’ 204.
And for Biden, a Republican house is bad news — no matter how large (or small) the majority is.
First, it would mean that the progressive agenda in Congress is dead – at least for the next two years. Given the scorched-earth politics of the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer triumvirate since the 2020 election, the chances of a Democrat-backed bill getting through a Republican-controlled House are about nil.
Possibly more important to the Biden family than the nation as a whole, it would mean the Democratic lawmakers who shielded Biden’s troubled son Hunter from a serious investigation would no longer be in power. And considering Biden pere Already involved in his son’s various international dealings, “the big guy” has every reason to worry that the power of subpoena rests in the hands of his political rivals.
It was Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats who narrowly impeached a president – twice – even though the whole country knew there wasn’t a snowball chance of 67 votes for a Senate conviction. There’s nothing stopping a Republican-controlled House from doing the same to Biden. (And for a much better reason — not enforcing immigration is a pretty solid place to start.)
The midterm elections would always determine the remainder of Biden’s term. A Republican-held House of Representatives would not be a pleasant prospect for a man who has spent the last two years pretending that his party’s razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives and game-changing power over the Senate warrants a mandate on the order of FDR’s dominance about the republic American politics of the 1930s.
With his Indonesian admission that “I don’t think we’re going to make it,” Biden admitted what must be a primal fear — a Republican House capable of treating him the way Biden’s Democrats treated then-President Donald Trump afterward the midterms of 2018.
If that doesn’t make him miserable enough now, it’s a pretty good bet it will soon enough.
And there will be many more questions Biden wishes he didn’t have to answer.
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