In the midst of a White House breakdown: Goodwin


There’s a maxim in sports that you are not as good as you look when you win, or as bad as you look when you lose. It aims to give athletes an even-keel attitude instead of riding an emotional roller coaster. No doubt there are Democrats and well-meaning others giving similar advice now to the Biden White House. The president’s team is understandably shaken by the horrific events in Afghanistan and must fear it will never regain its footing and public trust. But what if the sports approach isn’t valid in this case? What if the Biden team is every bit as bad as it looks? Having been in office eight months, its successes are so minimal and its mistakes so glaring that doubts exist across the political spectrum about whether the president is up to the job. The doubts recall warnings about Biden from two people who know him best. “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f- -k things up,” Barack Obama reportedly said. Then there’s Robert Gates’ charge that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign-policy and national-security issue over the past four decades.” Such devastating views take on added significance in light of Biden’s obvious frailties and cognitive decline.

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