For Biden, there are no tears over Jordan’s situation in the House | ET REALITY


President Biden was returning from a high-risk diplomatic mission to Israel Wednesday night when a reporter on Air Force One asked him if he had any thoughts on Rep. Jim Jordan’s situation in the House.

“I hurt for him,” Biden said, putting his hand over his heart.


“Noooo,” he said, laughing.

There is no sympathy there. “Zero,” she said. “None.”

False compassion is the only kind that can be found today with Jordan and the Republicans on Air Force One or in the White House. For Biden and his team, watching the collapse among House Republicans has been a moment of political joy. Gloating would be too unseemly. But a little light mocking? Well, let’s just say Mr. Biden has no love for Mr. Jordan.

After all, Jordan, the bellicose Ohio Republican who was part of President Donald J. Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election and retain power, has emerged as one of Biden’s biggest antagonists. As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan has aggressively pushed investigations into the president and his son, sometimes relying on arguments that have been discredited by the facts.

As difficult as it was for Biden to work across party lines with Kevin McCarthy when he was president, a Jordan presidency would be a nightmare in the eyes of the president’s aides. Jordan, dubbed a “legislative terrorist” by former President John A. Boehner, a fellow Republican, has long preferred dropping bombs to making deals and could push for Biden’s impeachment, a government shutdown and other measures at odds with the White House. .

Biden has steadfastly refused to comment at length on the chaos in the House, maintaining the long-held view that it is up to Congress to determine its own leadership, not the executive branch. Even so, he has already alluded to his attitude before. When Jordan entered the race for president a couple of weeks ago, Biden said he would work with whoever he won. “I imagine some people might be easier to work with than others,” he said, “but whoever the speaker is, I’ll try to work with them.”

His advisors have also refused to be drawn into the Republican civil war. “They have the majority in the House,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One en route to Israel on Tuesday. “It’s up to them to fix it. They have to select who is going to be the speaker.”

In their more sober moments, White House aides privately lament the disarray in the House because it makes it much harder to get anything done and certainly does not bode well for the health of American democracy.

In their most partisan moments, they privately savor the spectacle they believe their adversaries provoked and richly deserve. And in their campaign mindset, they hope voters in next year’s midterm elections will remember the contrast between the president as a globe-trotting statesman and House Republicans as an out-of-control kindergarten class.

The smile on Biden’s face when he was asked about the matter on Air Force One during a refueling stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany said it all. Biden, who gives far fewer interviews or news conferences than his predecessors, typically does not return to the Air Force One press box.

Since he has been president, he visits the journalists who travel with him only once before. But on Wednesday he broke with his usual refusal to announce a breakthrough in humanitarian aid to Gaza.

After answering a few questions, he prepared to leave. “I’m going to get out of here before you start asking about the House of Representatives,” she said with a smile.

But then he stayed long enough for the questions to reach the House anyway.

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