UPDATED 11:29 AM PT – Monday, October 18, 2021
Once-presidential speech writer for former President Ronald Reagan, John Podhoretz recently came after Democrats and Joe Biden for tripping at the infrastructure finish line.
During a panel discussion on NBS’s Meet the Press Sunday, Podhoretz criticized many of Biden’s failures, specifically his spending agenda. He added, Democrats are “tanking” the bipartisan infrastructure bill and slammed the left’s reckless spending spree.
“They have a huge spending bill, a trillion dollar infrastructure bill…what are you crazy?” he asked. “…Obama didn’t even spend a trillion dollars on the stimulus package in 2009.”
During the discussion, he reacted to the suggestion that Democrats during the election committed to too much up front and are now scrambling to make good on their promises.
“Democrats went nuts in the winter, they went crazy,” said Podhoretz. “They were at the point of having $8 trillion of new spending with no consensus. Forget the democratic base, like there was no mandate to do any of this from the American people writ large.”
Podhoretz suggested Biden was tricked into thinking he could match past great American presidents. He said House leadership must have told him he could be the next FDR or Lyndon B. Johnson. However, Podhoretz asserted this is just not the case.
Former Reagan speechwriter and columnist, John Podhoretz drops truth bombs on liberal Meet the Press panel about President Biden pretending he has a mandate from the American public to pass his massive spending agenda, driven by delusions of grandeur that he could be LBJ or JFK. pic.twitter.com/TjhlORy5ZC
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Podhoretz said Biden is just not measuring up, while noting George W. Bush had a nearly similar Congress in 2001 and was able to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans to pass a bipartisan education bill.
The largely liberal Meet the Press panel appeared to agree that without these packages being passed, ideally in a bipartisan fashion, Biden could risk alienating the Democrat base.