WSJ’s writer forecasts a dramatic context for Joe Biden’s State of the Union address tonight. The way she sees it, the event holds potential for either a presidential reset or a progressive face plant. I don’t share her implied optimism that Stumble Joe is up to the task at hand.
I predict Old Joe will talk tough on Russia, but offer no new vision. The new world order that the U.S. has dominated since the end of WWII is no longer a certainty, but the puzzle of shaping the next world order is almost too hard to solve. I doubt that President Biden and his people have solved it; so I expect tactical silence from them, except for saber rattling over current events.
I predict Old Joe will claim we are close to victory in the war on Covid-19 and take credit for his administration’s vaccination efforts.
I predict Old Joe will claim the economy is poised to come roaring back, if only we strengthen our commitment to the green agenda.
All in all I expect a competent performance and a perfect vacuum of ideas.