Biden Gets a Double-Dose of Bad News

President Joe Biden

( – At the same time on Sunday morning that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin were en route to a much-anticipated meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, President Joe Biden was receiving a double-dose of bad news back home in the United States.

First, Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for the ultra-liberal New York Times, appeared on NBC News and opined, “The Biden administration just is happy to have the [mask] mandates go away because they know that, politically, it’s just a mess, but they don’t want to give up the authority.”

That statement [you can watch the video of Baker further down this post] reinforces the widely held belief that Biden and many in his administration, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, desire the “authority” to order Americans what to do when it comes to the coronavirus even as they also realize more Americans are rebelling against that authority with each passing week.

That message about mask mandates, delivered from a reporter viewed as friendly to the Democrats, is unwelcome news to the Biden administration, even though most objective political analysts believe Baker’s assessment is correct.

The second piece of bad news for Biden on Sunday morning — far more consequential  than Baker’s message — came when Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) appeared on Fox News Sunday and stated, “Right now, some of the actions by the administration is not helping Democrats, certainly in South Texas, when it comes to oil and gas, when it comes to immigration policies.”

That punch to the gut of Biden and the Democrats — again, judged accurate by objective political pundits — hammers home the most frequently offered forecast as to why the Democrats will lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate when the dust clears from the upcoming November elections: Immigration policies and the price of gas at the pump.

One look no further than the latest polling showing that other than former President Donald Trump, no American president in modern history has polled as low as Biden at this stage of their presidency.

Bottom line: On this Sunday morning, Joe Biden suffered two warning shots across the bow of his presidency by individuals on his side of the political aisle.