We know that Politico isn’t talking about President Joe Biden’s approval numbers when they say his brutal year is on the verge of a turnaround. We’re not sure why Biden’s year has been so brutal — he goes to his beach house in Delaware nearly every weekend, avoids press conferences, and reschedules foreign trips so he can rest up in between. Biden’s actually had it pretty easy — it’s American citizens who’ve had a brutal year.

For some reason — maybe getting Sen. Joe Manchin to sign off on the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” — Politico thinks that Biden is on the verge of a turnaround that may very well change the trajectory of his presidency.

OK, who wrote this? Adam Cancryn, Jonathan Lemire, and Christopher Cadelago write:

Somehow, someway, Joe Biden is back in the game.

After enduring a brutal year dominated by economic angst, legislative setbacks and sinking approval ratings, the president is suddenly on the verge of a turnaround that, the White House believes, could salvage his summer — and alter the trajectory of his presidency.

Over the next few weeks, the president will have to land centerpieces of his domestic agenda aimed at boosting the nation’s global competitiveness and revamping whole swaths of its economy. Major decisions on student loans and expanding abortion rights hang in the balance. There’s also the matter of containing twin outbreaks of monkeypox and the coronavirus, the last of which Biden just spent five days personally fending off.

If that weren’t enough, he’s juggling a slate of foreign affairs challenges as well — headlined by longer-term efforts to reset with Iran on a nuclear deal and negotiate the release of a basketball star and another American jailed in Russia.

What is to give the American people any suggestion whatsoever that Biden will succeed in any of these? He just lied to us and said we’re not in a recession and then walked away without taking questions.

Democrats are already writing up wish lists of people they’d like to replace Biden on the ticket in 2024. And after the midterm wipeout in Congress, we don’t see Biden poised for anything but more failure.

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