By now most will have seen the painful video of Zhou Baiden stumbling three times while trying to board Air Force One--and, admittedly, he did eventually succeed in getting up the stairs under his own, um, power? Still, it was touch and go for a while. In future the Secret Service--or whoever, ask Dan Bongino--had better not leave Zhou on his own. This could easily have wound up with Zhou tumbling all the way back down, with conceivably fatal consequences. Imagine that--first "president" to perish in futile attempt to board an airplane?
Joe Biden just fell 3 times in a row trying to go up the stairs to Air Force One pic.twitter.com/gTUTckUH32— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 19, 2021
But that seems increasingly like a metaphor for the entire Zhou Baiden regime's attempts at projecting that they're in charge of things. I use the plural advisedly, since it's terribly clear that Zhou is in charge of next to nothing in his life at this point--definitely not his dogs and likely not even the Oval Office fireplace.
The rest of the world has not been slow to pick up on this. Zhou's personal attempts at bluster--to mask the personal ineffectuality of this "chief executive"--have fallen utterly flat, and the supposedly competent handlers are being treated with contempt by other nations that actually do have competent regimes. For example ...
Red State writes today:
Exactly. No funny business with videos, like the regime is attempting with the American public. Putin knows how hapless Zhou really is.
The Federalist also noted what's going on:
Significantly, The Federalist points out that, by agreement of China and the American regime, public statements were limited to 2 minutes per side. But the Chinese ignored that and harangued Zhou's hapless handlers for 15 minutes. Which tells you all you need to know about whether the Chinese respect this regime or not. Answer: Certainly no more than Putin does.
All this with the world watching. The world knows that there's no substitute for a sentient ruler of America. Tony Blinken or Susan Rice or Val Jarrett or Kama Sutra trying to pull the strings just doesn't cut it. The rest of the world knows that, for all the theater, they don't actually have the authority.
Next question--How about Mexico? Does Mexico respect our regime?
It's a fair question, because the Mexican president, Lopez Obrador, did try to warn the regime that this open border theater would end badly, that they were playing with fire. Faked videos of hoax interaction with reporters is one thing, but opening the borders has consequences in the real world.
And so the regime is having to back off, to try to stuff the genie back in the bottle--which is always easier said than done. As Red State puts it: "With things getting more and more out of control, the days of “just don’t come right now” appear to be over."
Are American's watching this? I'm quite sure the rest of the world is watching. And while they may be snickering for now, they also now that a power vacuum in the US--or chaos in the regime--won't be a laughing matter indefinitely. They may not even be thrilled with the US military largely running foreign policy.
What is the regime doing to try to regain control over the narrative? Almost unbelievably, they're dragging out long debunked Russia hoax stories. I doubt this is going to go over all that well even with the American public, but it's a non-starter if Zhou's handlers are looking for credibility with the rest of the world. It's a sign of weakness. Matt Taibbi covers it:
The Director of National Intelligence releases a report, and the press rushes to kick the football again.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released a much-hyped, much-cited new report on “Foreign Threats to the 2020 Elections.” ...
With regard to the broader assessment: how many times are we going to do this? We’ve spent the last five years watching as anonymous officials make major Russia-related claims, only to have those evidence-free claims fizzle.
From the much-ballyhooed “changed RNC platform” story (Robert Mueller found no evidence the changed Republican platform was “undertaken at the behest of candidate Trump or Russia”), to the notion that Julian Assange was engaged in a conspiracy with the Russians (Mueller found no evidence for this either), to Michael Cohen’s alleged secret meetings in Prague with Russian conspirators (“not true,” the FBI flatly concluded) to the story that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress (“not accurate,” said Mueller), to wild stories about Paul Manafort meeting Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, to a “bombshell” tale about Trump foreknowledge of Wikileaks releases that blew up in CNN’s face in spectacular fashion, reporters for years chased unsubstantiated claims instead of waiting to see what they were based upon.
Do follow the link to Taibbi's full article. He offers up ten examples of Dem Russia related hoax reports--although he refrains from putting it quite that forthrightly. He characterizes these ten examples as "A very, very brief sample."
The inherent weakness of this regime, based on the falsehood that the "president" is actually in charge, is becoming more evident by the day. They have no successes--none that count in the real world--and their failures are accumulating.