Saturday, former Vice President Mike Pence announced that “after much prayer and deliberation,” he is suspending his presidential campaign. He said, “It's become clear to me this is not my time," adding, “I urge you to hold fast to what matters: faith, family, and the Constitution of the United States of America. I'm proud that our campaign stood firm on America's role as leader of the free world." He didn’t endorse any other candidate and it's an open question whether he would endorse Trump, considering the bad blood between them over the 2020 election. In his farewell, he urged the GOP to return to its conservative roots and resist the "siren song of populism," represented by Trump.
We’ll have to agree to disagree on some of that, but I wish him well. It’s never easy to have to accept that a campaign you’ve put so much into has fallen short and it’s time to call it quits. But to be honest, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of this already.
It might start ramping up if polls show what I suspect they might, and that’s an even bigger boost for Trump in the wake of the world starting to fall apart all around us. Usually during a crisis like the war in Israel, there’s a “rallying around” effect that boosts the incumbent President, but in Biden’s case, something is causing his approval rating to fall instead. And that something is the anti-Semitism of his fellow Democrats.
(Apparently, that even includes some Democratic Congress members beyond the “Squad,” 15 of whom voted against a resolution supporting Israel and condemning Hamas, and one of whom is willing to threaten a Jewish colleague for criticizing him over it.)
In the latest Gallup poll, Biden’s approval rating since his speech on Israel has dropped four points to an all-time low of 37%. That’s largely because of fellow Democrats, whom polls show support the Palestinians to a shocking degree, particularly the young Democrats he’s been pandering to with “student loan forgiveness.”
Among Americans who aren’t angry at Biden for not sympathizing with terrorists, there’s more of a “This is your fault” feeling. They’re longing for the good old days of five years ago, when America had secure borders, a strong economy, low inflation and peace deals in the Middle East; we pumped our own oil instead of buying from our enemies; other nations feared and respected us; and we were killing terrorists instead of vice versa. More people are starting to wake up and recognize the politicized lawfare against Trump and how they’ve been lied to by the media about Trump and his supporters (turns out there really are Nazis in America, but they’re not wearing MAGA caps, they’re on Ivy League campuses.)
Those who think that Trump is a goner because of all the bad press and all the lawsuits and indictments should remember the words of a great Republican President: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.