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Susan Estrich: Biden critics generally have no solid reason

From the commentary: It's easy to criticize Biden by saying he's old. So, what. Has he done anything that a younger Biden would not do? I think not. ... It's easy to criticize Biden by saying he's not as "engaged" as Trump was. He doesn't tweet every day, or at least say things that get our attention. So, what.

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., before his departure to Poughkeepsie, New York, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.
President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., before his departure to Poughkeepsie, New York, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.
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Seven fifteen is not the time. It's the price for a gallon of high-test in California. They even advertise it. Forget spending a hundred dollars to top off the tank. You'll need more.

"Who's going to win the midterm?" my friend asks from the back seat. I look out the window. Another gas station. Same price.

Does the Donald Trump of it all — the election deniers, the Jan. 6 hearings, the challenge to democracy — offset the $7.15 a gallon at the pump?

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Maybe. The primaries and special elections to date have shown women registering and voting on the abortion issue. Kansas is the clearest example of this, but not the only one. In key battleground states in the fall, abortion will be one of the big issues separating Democrats and Republicans.

Trump will be the other key issue dividing Republicans and Democrats in key states. Too many Republican nominees won their places on the ticket by denying the results of the last election. Too many Republican nominees have been unwilling to stand up against the extraordinary violence on Jan. 6 that was a direct attack on the democratic process.

Unlike the price of gas, these are issues within the direct control, or at least the influence, of the candidates.

Are you for or against Roe v. Wade?

Did you support the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol and all that followed?

If, like most Americans, you support Roe, will you support a candidate who opposes it?

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Gas prices are an easy excuse to vote Republican. But, really, does anyone honestly think the price of gas would be cheaper if Trump were president? How is it that Joe Biden or the Democrats in Congress have control over what OPEC decides to do, much less the consequences of the Russian war against Ukraine?

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I have a new game for people who tell me they are "disappointed" with Biden. I ask for specifics: Exactly what has he done that he shouldn't have done? Exactly what should he do that he hasn't done?

It's a showstopper.

It's easy to criticize Biden by saying he's old. So, what. Has he done anything that a younger Biden would not do? I think not.

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It's easy to criticize Biden by saying he's not as "engaged" as Trump was. He doesn't tweet every day, or at least say things that get our attention. So, what.

What's hard is coming up with what Biden should have done or should do now. I wish I had the answer. The truth is, there might not be one.

This Susan Estrich commentary is her opinion. She can be reached at sestrich@wctrib.com.

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Opinion by Susan Estrich
Susan Estrich is an American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, and political commentator. She can be reached via sestrich@wctrib.com.
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