As Biden promotes democracy abroad, the front line should be of great concern to him

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President Biden this morning kicked off a "democratic conference" - promoting democracy around the world.

But that message was brought down by the growing democratic problem at home from the party and the former president who defeated him last year.

David Perdue, who challenged the Gov. Brian Kemp, of the Republic at Battleground Georgia, told Axios he would not have confirmed Joe Biden's victory at Peach State if he had been governor.

“Not by the information that was available then and not by the information that came out now. They had a lot of time to investigate this. And I would not sign until those things were investigated, and that was all we were asking for, ”said Perdue.

Biden defeated Georgia by 11,779 votes. And don't forget that Trump told Georgia Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in Jan. 2: "I just want to get 11,780 votes."

Speaking of Raffensperger, here is Jody Hice's lawyer, R-Ga., Who will compete for him in the first round of Georgia's state secretary: "I do not believe we have a good election in Georgia," Hice told the Atlantic.

And here is the Republican predecessor to be Arizona's next governor, Kari Lake, when NBC's Vaughn Hillyard asked him if he had confirmed Joe Biden's 10,000-vote victory in the province: "No.

Perhaps today’s “Democracy Conference” is, in part, a subtle bid for Biden’s GOP and its growing list of Trump-inspired candidates in 2022.

"Here in the United States, we know with everyone that reviving our democracy and strengthening our democratic institutions requires continuous effort," Biden said today, through Peter Alexander of NBC.

But how much effort will Biden make to contribute to this growing problem at home?

Perdue's opportunity

All of David Perdue’s reasons for his appointment - that Kemp confirming the results of the 2020 elections in Georgia were flawed and hurt the GOP - is perhaps the most troubling development when it comes to the state of American democracy.

Perdue has never been a member of the backbench Freedom Caucus; he was the former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General. He won an election in the U.S. Senate before the Trump administration.

And he owes his Senate defeat to Trump and his tactics and controversies after the election.

But now Perdue believes his best way to get back into politics is to promote the idea that Joe Biden did not really succeed in 2020.

The decline in Biden voting continues

And here's the thing: Perdue could win the 2022 national election. So is Lake Arizona. Ditto Hice is Georgia state secretary.

Especially if President Biden's numbers do not improve where they are now.

Just look at the national votes over the last few days:

Monmouth has Biden's work rate at 40 percent.

The Wall Street Journal owns 41 percent.

NPR / Marist owns 42 percent.

As we have said before, these numbers are much worse than Barack Obama's 2009-2010; they look like Obama's 2013-2014.

And they are not far from where Trump’s numbers were in 2017-2018.

In all three of these rounds - 2010, 2014, 2018 - the team from the White House has made huge gains across the country.

Data Download: Numbers you need to know today

3: Number of witnesses called by the Jan committee. 6 opponents a fifth, making the committee's efforts difficult.

15: How many divisive votes did Deputy President Kamala Harris cast, more than any other deputy president.

$ 2.1 million: The Democratic Law Enforcement Committee announced how much it had increased in November, according to Liz Brown-Kaiser of NBC, after a disappointing month for Democrats in the 2021 election.

167,000: Estimated number of children in the US who have lost their parents or guardians due to Covid.

2: Number of Senate Democrats joining Republicans to vote to revoke Biden's executive authority to test or vaccinate private sector workers (West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Montana Sen. Jon Tester).

49,561,992: Number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That is 149,944 others since yesterday morning.)

796,112: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the latest data from NBC News. (1,772 from yesterday morning.)

475,728,399: Total vaccine doses administered in the U.S., according to each CDC. (2,485,171 from yesterday morning.)

48,896,346: Number of booster vaccines administered in the U.S., according to each CDC. (1,029,726 from yesterday morning.)

60.4 percent: The proportion of all Americans fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

71.8 percent: The proportion of all Americans 18 years of age and older who are fully vaccinated, according to each CDC.

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North Carolina submits its primaries on May 17

Yesterday we previewed the big GOP's NC-SEN scheduled for March 8.

But it turns out that the basics - and the rest of the country - will be on May 17 instead.

"The North Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the March general election to all jurisdictions, congressional hearings to give state courts time to review allegations that the Republican-led legislature had illegally harassed some states," the AP wrote.

CYMI: What else is happening in the world

The White House is considering sanctions against Russia for its attack on Ukraine.

The FDA has issued an emergency injection aimed at preventing Covid-19 among people with impotence.

Biden officials plan to present three Honorary Medals to members who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The draft map of the Virginia conference could leave the Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger in a difficult position.