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President Biden has made two significant mis-steps over the past 48 hours, in my view. Saying publicly that if Trump weren’t running, he probably wouldn’t be running, either, was a strategic miscalculation.

Don’t misunderstand. Keeping Donald Trump from getting even another sniff of the White House is necessary to preserve our country. “No hyperbole,” as Uncle Joe would say. But Biden’s comment was unsettling. It makes voters wonder about his own candidacy for and commitment to a second term. It advances the perception that he really doesn’t want to do this and is in fact in a state of physical decline and mental fatigue, and would love to just put this burden down if he felt he in good conscience could. While that may be in some ways laudable, it does not reflect the dynamic desire necessary to move the country forward between now and January 20, 2029. Even voters who have a generally positive view of Biden may stop and reconsider.

That was Biden Bobble #1. Number 2 gave the GOP’s “Team Crazy” a walk-in Pick-6. Biden is doing everything he can to preserve U.S. and Western Ally support for Ukraine. Again, that is vital to America’s interests. This is every bit as much about U.S. security as it is for Ukrainian survival.  So far, so good.

But Biden shocked some folks—me included—when he announced on Wednesday that he now is willing to link support for Ukraine to what even he now refers to as “the crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden himself used the word “broken” to describe current the situation and says the U.S. needs a new “border policy.”

Not a tweak. Not an adjustment.

A “new border policy.”

And he’s right. Meaning that at least on this issue, some of even his most strident opponents are right. But if Biden has been aware of that, why hasn’t he already been devising and implementing a new plan? And why has he been vocally defensive about the current plan?

This offer to bargain on two totally and properly unrelated issues is intellectually vacuous and politically unwise, given that his opponents will now smell “fear” and will turn up their racist demagoguery to Warp Speed.

I’m no shrink. I don’t even play one on this website.

But are you—as I am—starting to wonder how much Biden really wants this job?

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.