Defund Debacle: Law and Order and the Border
With temperatures, violent crime, and illegal immigration soaring, Democrats fear a long, hot, violent summer. President Joe Biden's poorly executed speech, last week, taunting gun rights supporters with his big nukes was intended to get ahead of the crest. According to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted last week, "rising worries about crime among both Democrats and Republicans are starting to create a drag on President Biden's approval ratings." Well over half of those polled (55%) say that violent crime is a "very big problem," far outweighing concerns about the coronavirus, the issue Biden flogged all the way to the White House.
While progressives blame the current crime spike to anything other than under-policing, many centrist Democrats want to drive a spike through 2020's worst political slogan. "'Defund the police' is a phrase that I wish had never been uttered," laments Illinois Democrat Cheri Bustos. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ludicrously attempted to pin it to Republicans. On Monday, the Washington flack suggested that Republicans are the real defunders for their votes against Biden's pork laden, $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.
But Democrats are fighting multiple fronts in the battle over blame. Illegal immigration on the southern border is reaching a political boiling point. Gun fights are erupting on Democrat-run city streets. Stuck between his radical progressive base and popular opinion, Biden is desperately seeking a political safe space -- five paces behind his hapless, hemisphere trotting, vice president, Kamala Harris.