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The California recall election turned out well for the Democrats.

With Gov. Gavin Newsom sinking in the summer polls, the party had been staring starkly at the prospect of losing the nation’s largest state and seeing its governor replaced by talk-show host Larry Elder, who had vaulted into the lead among the 46 candidates seeking to replace Newsom.

Elder had rallied Republicans and started to surge, which terrified the Democrats. Not only might they lose Newsom, but they could get in the governor’s mansion in Sacramento what leftists took to calling “the black face of white supremacy.”

Result: A panicked Democratic Party defeated the recall by nearly 2-1, with Californians voting to retain Newsom in roughly the same percentages as they had voted to elect Joe Biden president almost a year ago.

That leaves California securely in Democrat control.

Not in 15 years has a Republican won statewide office. Every elected governor and U.S. senator after 2006, every lieutenant governor and attorney general, has been a Democrat.

The Congressional delegation has 53 members, and the Democrats outnumber Republicans 42-11. Democrats also have 3-1 majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

Richard Nixon carried his home state on all five presidential tickets on which he ran, and Ronald Reagan never lost California. But the era that began when Barry Goldwater won the June 1964 primary against liberal Gov. Nelson Rockefeller is history.

Yet, everything is not coming up roses for Biden.

An Economist poll finds his approval rating underwater, with 49% disapproving of Biden’s performance in office to 46% in approval.

The latest Quinnipiac poll, out Tuesday, is more ominous. It has 50% of the country disapproving of the Biden presidency, with only 42% approving, the first time Biden’s rating has fallen into negative territory. More worrisome: Independents disapprove of Biden by 52-34.

When broken down by issues, the news is no better.

On his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden’s rating has plunged from 53-40 approval in August to 48% approving and 49% disapproving now. Fifty-five percent disapprove of his handling of his duties as commander in chief.

His mastery of foreign policy was supposed to be his strong suit. But here the numbers are even worse. Only a third of the nation, 34%, approves of his handling of foreign policy, while 59% disapprove.

On the economy, Biden also gets a negative rating, with 42% of the country approving of the job he is doing to 52% against.

With Biden’s numbers underwater overall and on the three major issues — the economy, foreign policy and his handling of the coronavirus — Democrats have to be looking nervously at November 2022.

“If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over,” says Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy. “This is, with few exceptions, a poll full of troubling negatives … from overall job approval, to foreign policy, to the economy.”

What makes this especially ominous for Democrats is that the recent negative news is likely to continue on many fronts, while the possibilities of positive achievements appear limited.


Biden conceivably could pull off twin victories this fall in Congress — with passage of both the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package and the $3.5 trillion family infrastructure bill. If so, this would put him in the history books as a transformative president alongside Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

But Biden faces problems on many fronts.

First among them is the return of inflation. The soaring price of food and fuel is beginning to be felt. There is new skittishness in the markets. And the jobs picture is not as rosy as was anticipated this summer.

While the country credits the president for ending America’s longest war, the future news out of Afghanistan is likely to be filled with stories of the Americans left behind and Afghan allies facing executions.

The invasion across our southern border is now producing 220,000 border crossers every month.

We are still in the fourth wave of the coronavirus, with the number of American dead, already over 670,000, rising at a rate of 2,000 a day.

If the wave does not break, this will depress the mood of a country that believed, just a few months back, that the worst was behind us and brighter days lay ahead.

And the poll numbers are not only the worst Biden has received. They are not all that good for the nation either.

Seventy percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the USA. The president’s disapproval exceeds his approval rating by eight points, just eight months in office. Republicans and Democrats in Congress both get negative ratings from the American people. And only 37% of registered voters approve of the Supreme Court’s handling of its role. Half the country disapproves.

If all three branches of the U.S. government have lost or are losing the confidence of their countrymen, what does that suggest is the future for our democratic republic?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Whoswho says:

    The tree of liberty will be watered.

    • Agree: Bull Gator
    • LOL: Grahamsno(G64)
  2. roonaldo says:

    What does widespread loss of confidence in all branches of government bode for the country’s future, you ask, Mr. Buchanan?

    It doesn’t mean diddly, sir, but will merely convince the ruling elites that their efforts to ruin the lives of we useless eaters are succeeding.

  3. Pat Buchanan is a great old statesman, as far as I can judge.
    But he is also a party politician. And in this respect a person of the past.
    Who cares how the Democrats are doing in the polls?
    The USA is going down the drains. And the reason isn’t primarily party politics or, more accurately, political corruption; the reason is imperial decline and the fact that the USA is made up of not one single but of at least three different nations, none of which is capable of handling the fall of the empire, which has turned – why don’t you face it – from a huge advantage to you Yanks on the expense of everyone else into a liability. (Just between ourselves: you should have heeded Speaker Tom Reed when he said “Empire can wait”)
    In the 1990s, The Empire said “Be our slaves” to the whole world; Syria, Russia and China responded “No”; and that, it is now obvious, was the end of the matter.
    Will the Republicans win back this or that och the other? The thing is of no practical consequence whatsoever. Your deep state oligarchy stole the election, put Biden on the throne and imposed their agenda shoving toxic materiae down your throats just because it can. It will steal the next election as well and go on imposing an increasingly malevolent rule.
    Never mind about the parties. End oligarchichal rule!

  4. LOL, Pat Buchanan has always had an understated style of writing. To say that the public is feeling “sour” on Biden and Washington is like saying most people don’t like a rainy day. After what Biden has done in a short eight months and after how this has basically received a “go ahead”with hardly any resistance from Republicans, people feeling “sour” is the understatement of the day. The other day a huge crowd of what appeared to be mainly young people, were screaming F— Biden in unison. Maybe there is some hope for this present generation of green ones.

    • Agree: Bull Gator
    • Replies: @Bull Gator
    , @SMK
  5. Not in 15 years has a Republican won statewide office. Every elected governor and U.S. senator after 2006, every lieutenant governor and attorney general, has been a Democrat.

    That’s what happens when you allow Turd Worlders to invade with a promise of infinite welfare.

    Pat will never say it so we must: Jews did this. The 1965 immigration act set the stage for invasion, and soon, if we’re smart, Red State Secession from parasitic blue shitholes.

  6. Like tremors before an earthquake, polls foreshadow something deeper. If the economy tanks it will be worse than the 1930’s. There is nothing left to rally around in adversity.

    What they don’t show is that people will take refuge in racial/ethnic solidarity, much like the former Yugoslavia. In a multicultural society, blood is the organizing feature, not ideology.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  7. Pat will never say it so we must: Jews did this

    Pat did say that many years ago and was lambasted for it. Pat was prescient once upon a time…

    Now, he writes nothing more than the type of report that a 13 year old could scrabble together, God bless him.

    The chew is the virus, the chew is the filth, the chew has wormed itself into power…and ethnocentric nepotism will keep it there until pesticide is released.

  8. @Mats Loman

    Surely Pat understands that the polls mean nothing. It is action that counts, not voting, which the democrats have rigged to perfection. We can’t just sit on our asses waiting for Buchanan’s republicans to save us in next year’s midterms. They can’t and they won’t. Besides, they are arguably worse in their demands to preserve the dry rotted Empire.

    Thanks to Speaker Paul Ryan, they did nothing (other than pass yet another tax cut for the rich) when they had the chance in Trump’s first two years in office. Incredibly, they still kept mumbles Mitch McConnell as Leader after he cost them the Senate last year.

    Putting the republicans in charge is like putting a Band-Aid on cancer. If a strong Secessionist movement isn’t started soon it will be too late to escape the impending totalitarian state.

    • Agree: Bull Gator, WorkingClass
  9. Let California keep Newsome; people and businesses are fleeing California; John Adams said ”Democracy never lasts long. It soon murders and exhausts itself. There never was a Democracy that didnt committ suicide.” Everyone knows Biden is not running again or may not even finish his term; the Dems know it even Biden knows it; say what you want about Barack Obama; he is a smart guy; there was a very good reason he didnt want Biden to become President; the Dems know they will lose control of Congress next year so they are trying to pass everything they can in the year they have left of control.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  10. Andreas says:

    The nation is devoid of any effective leadership. Accountability in government and military went extinct like the dodo. The southern border is complete chaos. The ideological divide within the nation is clearly unbridgeable. The military can’t even execute an orderly withdrawal much less win a war. The US diplomatic corp is an international laughing stock. Both the military and corporate America are actively and willfully marginalizing white males and are irrevocably devolving into politically-correct speech and encouraging people to snitch on each other. And the only domain I know of outside of astrophysics where numbers run into the trillions is the US budget.

    Personally, I just don’t give a shit anymore. The only remaining question is how much longer this insanity will last before something gives and what form it will take.

  11. SMK says: • Website
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    What’s amazing is that, in nearly all of these polls, almost half of those polled approve of Biden’s performance -when, by any objective perspective, this quasi-corpse and senile buffoon and corrupt and greedy shyster and “grifter” is surely the worst president in U.S. hisotry in respect to his actions and policies and decisions and competence. And he’s only been in office for 8-months!

    Of what, exactly, do they approve? Either they’re stupid, apathetic, ignorant, and delusional, or they’re radicals and leftists of all races who are anti-white and anti-American, and in most cases, both, in various degrees. Who’d approve of Biden and all he’s done and will do in the future unless they want to destroy what Vdare defines as the “historic American nation” – and that is what Biden is doing, whether he knows and desires it or not given his dementia, even more so than Obama, the first president in U.S. history to detest the country he ruled for 8-years and most of its white population.

  12. Phibbs says:

    Buchanan’s ghost writer doesn’t understand that Covid deaths have been greatly exaggerated and Covid has been used as an excuse by our corporate and Jewish masters to reduce freedom. There is no more America. What does it matter about party affiliation anymore? I mean, the governor of my state, a Republican, wants to force everyone to get the experimental and dangerous vaccines. He is also pro-BLM/terrorism. The only thing that matters now is for real Americans to join patriot militias to overthrow our Israeli and corporate slave-masters. (That means razing Washington D.C. to the ground for a good start.) This should be followed by a division of America into two separate, hostile parts — one black & white liberal and ruled over by Jews; the other half will be patriot, Asian, Christian and white.

  13. @SMK

    I don’t believe there are that many crazy people. It’s most likely more establishment media LYING. Call me an optimist where Americans are concerned.

  14. Ko says:

    The Bidenites say, ask not what your country can do for you, but how can you betray your country?

  15. TG says:

    Sorry, the southern border is NOT “chaos”

    This is a deliberate act of greed and malice, throwing open the borders to the third world, flooding the country with warm bodies, nobody cares who, destroying all remaining enforcement. It’s by design. Yes, it will guarantee “Democratic” election wins, and some people who just hate whites will like it for that reason, but the main reason is pure amoral greed: To drive wages and living standards for the many down, and rents and profits and power up for the few.

    We have very effective ‘leadership’ – it’s just not Biden, and it’s not on our side.

  16. TG says:

    You know, while Biden is a corrupt disgusting senile old fossil of a back-stabbing corporate lickspittle, the people behind him are pretty smart.

    Biden was chosen first because he is perhaps the most unprincipled political whore in the nation (and there is a lot of competition for this accolade), he will do ANYTHING his wealthy patrons want.

    But it’s also brilliant misdirection: by having such a zero as ‘president,’ the ruling class can blame it all on Biden. The border so-called ‘crisis’ is Biden’s crisis, the people are souring on Biden, Biden’s debacle in Afghanistan, Biden’s tax increases on the middle and upper-middle classes (his wealthy patrons are of course exempt, if you read the fine print), etc.etc. Of course, Biden had nothing to do with any of this, but the misdirection and shifting of blame is brilliant.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  17. @Max Maxwell

    Obama is a psychopath. Smart doesn’t matter.

  18. @Andreas

    Government is the control of society by the animal world. Man’s world will continue to be red in tooth and claw until government is gone.

    All most people need to do is look at their bathroom mirror to see the problem.

  19. nsa says:

    “replaced by the talk show host Larry Elder”
    His own race refers to him as Uncle Larry Elder.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  20. Dumbo says:

    People “souring” on Biden? LOL the guy wasn’t even elected, and he was never popular to begin with. I think people are “souring” on America, really.

  21. SafeNow says:

    “What’s amazing is that, in nearly all of these polls, almost half of those polled approve of Biden’s performance…”

    Some wag quipped that a large percentage of people would approve of cold sores, and that’s part of it, the cold-sores-approval vote. But I think that it’s mainly the “free money” vote. Here in California, I think most voters regarded California’s problems as unsolvable, and so figured they might as well vote for the guy who could produce more free money. This was not just tacit. I heard Newsom refer to “my partnership with Washington.” I think that this will play-out nationally, as more and more people regard America’s problems as intractable. Prediction: Newsom – jaw, hair, con-style – will be sworn into office as President in January 2025.

  22. @beavertales

    The spending has only just begun —-it might take another 50 Trillion to keep up with others and another 30 trillion for the new society—-which is coming —-forward —biden time —-repay /surplus = foul words– my dear voters —

  23. @SMK

    You know, after reading your post again, I entirely agree with how you summed up Joe Biden’s character. This guy is pathetic. So, are the people who for what ever reason voted for him. I remember how idiotic he acted on the champagne trail towards people who simply asked him simple questions. He would call them names, challenge them to a fight, etc.. Mr. Plagiarist. President Corn Pop. /Please.The radio and TV commentator, Mark Levine called him a two bit, Washington. career politician who has never stood for anything..

  24. El Dato says:

    LOL Democrats need not fear being voted out in Our Democracy. If you can’t vote out Newsom, who CAN you vote out?

    Also, voting as a purely White activity. An article about Compton and LA in general:

    Isle of L.A. Part III: Gringo Star Supernova

    Compton so Mexican its city hall’s a Home Depot parking lot.

    Now dig this: In a city that’s roughly one-quarter black and almost three-quarters Mexican, of the eight elected officials (mayor, city attorney, city clerk, treasurer, and four councilpeople), only one is Hispanic. All the rest are black. And it gets better. That one Hispanic councilman won his election by just one vote, and our Soros-backed DA is prosecuting the guy for fabricating the one vote that put him over the top. Turns out the bean only ran because a black guy who’d lost his primary made a deal with him to run in his stead in exchange for giving the failed black candidate a lucrative city commissioner position if he won, and together they faked the winning vote.

    Can you wrap your brain around that? The city is 70% Hispanic, and the only Hispanic council member, who only ran because a black dude made him, won by just one vote, and that vote had to be faked.

    Get my point now about Hispanics not voting?

    But Mexicans don’t care. They’re fine with letting the black minority pretend to be da Emperor Jones. That’s how little participatory democracy matters to them. And Dems have no desire to “enfranchise” Compton Mexicans because blacks are their most reliable and manipulatable minions. Never trade a slave for an independent contractor. Plus, as I discussed last week, when Mexicans do vote, it’s all over the map. As Newsweek contributor Richard Hanania pointed out regarding polls that show California Hispanics divided 50/50 on the Newsom recall (blacks are 65/35 against it), “I feel like it’s fun living in a state with many Mexicans because you get a wildcard aspect to politics. Keeps things exciting.”

    While we don’t know how our Mexicans would vote should they ever decide to do so in numbers comparable to blacks, Jews, and non-Hispanic whites, here’s something we do know: They’ve proved somewhat resistant to leftist coercion. Yes, the ones who do participate vote D more than R, but ideological appeals from the left haven’t motivated the inactive or manipulated the active. Along with the Villaraigosa mayoral contest I cited last week, over the past twenty years leftists have tried to rally our Mexis to defend corrupt LAUSD superintendent Ruben Zacarias, defeat Republican then-mayor Richard Riordan’s reformist school-board slate, replace bail with a revolving door for criminals, and bring back affirmative action. In all cases, the Hispanics did not take the bait; most stayed home, but those who participated rejected the left’s commands (Zacarias was canned, Riordan’s slate was elected, bail was retained, affirmative action was rejected).

  25. El Dato says:

    the people behind him are pretty smart.

    It’s the kind of “smart” you find at the late-night poker table.

    They are not smart at all, they just think they are.

    • Replies: @TG
  26. @nsa

    Did Larry Elder make a big mistake in running in the recall election? My god, there were 46 on the ballot running to replace Newsom, which is ridiculous on its face. Millions of dollars and several months were wasted trying to oust him, when there was little chance of succeeding. Newsom had the Unions and Hollywood. Plus, after Biden, who can trust the vote counters? Schwarzenegger ousted Gray Davis in a recall election, but Arnold was a movie star.

    Newsom has to run for re-election next year, only now he is stronger than ever. As Emerson said: If you strike at the King, you’d better kill him. Or, as they say today, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The republicans should have kept their powder dry. Now Elder is damaged goods. As is often said, they don’t call the GOP the Stupid Party for nothing.

    • Agree: Drapetomaniac
  27. Hopium strikes out. Win big or go home was apparently the strategy. If you truely wanted Newsom out, it would be for damaging the Ecomony with the nonsensical shutdowns. But No! You wanted a sweet talking radio personality. You wanted to win the war before you won a battle. Bad strategy. A Democrat replacement would of been a won battle. What local Government did Larry lead? Face it: you wanted an Arnold, Reagan trifecta like the down-on-your-luck-gambler you assumed Californians to be. You gave the Democrats a marketing strategy ( labeling it a Republican recall) when they are still hungry to take over the Federal government with 3.5 Trillion in spending, eliminating the fillibuster and federal control of all elections.

  28. anaccount says:

    I just don’t understand why people think real change is possible within our system, in 2021. I don’t know why Pat’s ghost writer assumes this. We are living in a dictatorship that rigs the vote via mail in ballots and other dirty tricks, and this has been happening for quite some time. Sooner or later Democrats are going to get 96% of the vote in every election.

    Voting just gives the system permission, stop voting, resist the system.

  29. @Phibbs

    “Check ouit the hospital scene–ask a few doctors working ICU –“Is this ‘all made up’–these people in there coughing and hacking “? and then ask a few hedge fund managers “Why is there an upsurge in refrigerated units—are they also Made in America?” and then call your local undertaker “Is is true some people are dying of Covid? ” and I tell you now Adddams —-ALL 3 Will be a resounding NO ——-No one is dying of Covid in USA September 17, 2021 of Covid — FACT. “……. and now who can argue with G. Reaper’s assessment of this supposed pandemic— sheer fantasy and STOP wearing those masks -Hallowe’en ain’t until Ocober 31 !!!

    • Troll: El Dato, Grahamsno(G64)
  30. Renoman says:

    As usual it’s not the Article’s it’s the comments! A lot of great’s in this one, I love the Unz.

  31. @Sick of Orcs

    The 1965 immigration act set the stage for invasion

    By far the largest number of invaders are from Mexico and Central America. The 1965 act didn’t increase the number of those–just the opposite. Before 1965 there was no limit on legal immigration from the Western Hemisphere.

    The invasion could be stopped and the invaders expelled under our existing laws. What’s missing is the political will to do so.

  32. @Phibbs

    The only thing that matters now is for real Americans to join patriot militias to overthrow our Israeli and corporate slave-masters. (That means razing Washington D.C. to the ground for a good start.)

    That is exactly what they want you to do – be the abused housewife that hits back so they can justify their planned democide. Leave the savages. Secede.

  33. @Andreas

    They went and completely screwed up their relationship with France regarding that shady submarine deal with Australia to the point that France in a historic first has withdrawn its Ambassador, the Biden Administration needs an urgent intervention.

  34. Anonymous[429] • Disclaimer says:

    Let us expect it to get a great deal worse and a good thing too. The systematic frauds Democrats have pushed, Covid and Global Warming may be expected to bite. The “vaccination” bioweapon should see death rates from “vaccination” rise this winter and thereafter as the diabolical “vaccines” do their work. The sun is moving towards a Grand Solar Minimum which should make supporters of the IPCC agenda out to be destructive, manipulative fools.

    The Democrats cannot expect to escape responsibility for ruining the country. Even the dumb sheeple will eventually be forced to take note. The Democratic party should be eliminated and the moronic American public need to take their own lumps fixing the mess to which they have acquiesced.

  35. Gyre07 says:

    “And the jobs picture is not as rosy as was anticipated this summer.” This issue should be the subject of it’s own article. Why are so many businesses begging people to come back and work for them, unsuccessfully? I thought that all the barely-clothed UBI (aka severely juiced unemployment checks) were over. Am I wrong about that? How are the kids paying their rent if the government is no longer subsidizing their unemployed status. FWIW, I know that in California there are now (post-Covid scare) dozens of new reasons the able-bodied voluntarily unemployed are still able to collect enough money from the government to pay their mortgages and eschew actual work. What am I missing?

  36. TG says:
    @El Dato

    OK I hear you – but –

    If you are at a late night poker table, and your opponents are cleaning you out, then they are smart enough for all practical purposes.

    Smarter than you, for sure.

  37. Tjoe says:

    For every Joe Biden failure for the American people, there is a Biden family or associate reaping a windfall.

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