At this point the American people would settle for competency.
Joe Biden was supposed to deliver a return to presidential normalcy, and that may be all he thinks is necessary to satisfy the 81 million voters who elected him. Sooner or later, however, the country will start pining for a return to competency as well, and it’s far from clear that this administration is up to the task.
Mr. Biden’s long, hot mess of a summer culminated with an ill-advised and horrifically bungled withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Images of the Taliban commandeering U.S. military aircraft and armored vehicles won’t soon be forgotten by Americans—or our enemies. But that’s not the only reason the president’s Real Clear Politics job-approval rating has dropped to 45% from 54% since late-May.
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