When the White House Chief of Staff is sending out end of year tweets saying ‘well, it wasn’t all bad’….

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White House chief of staff Ron Klain may have been a little too eager to put a positive spin on President Biden’s first year in office, getting dragged online after promoting an editorial from Albert Hunt, a former Bloomberg View columnist and reliable water carrier for the Democratic Party.

Tagging himself a “nattering nabob of negativism” in the article, Hunt endeavors to end the year on a positive note amid the Omicron panic sweeping much of the country and reminding us all just how thoroughly Biden has failed in his vow to “shut down the virus,” pledging to the nation while campaigning that unlike his predecessor, he had a plan. Yet, there have been more deaths in 2021 than in 2020.

In the process, Hunt betrays his true nature: “Of course, for many of us the most positive development of 2021 is 340 days without Donald J. Trump in the White House.”

With the pickings being slim, Hunt cites unemployment being at 4.2 percent — with too many willing to settle for a government handouts and employers desperate for workers, Hunt counters this by suggesting that workers “are quitting because of better opportunities.” He also noted the “celebration of Bob Dole,” the former Republican Senate leader who passed away at 98 this month, and a “scandal-free Biden administration. Apparently, Hunt mistakes selective reporting as a certainty that underneath all that smoke — see Hunter Biden — there’s no fire. He went on to compare the Trump administration to the Corleone family in The Godfather — “without the skill.”

We’re to believe that even though the president left hundreds of Americans behind in Afghanistan, if not more, his administration is “more competent.” Speaking of the Afghan debacle, Hunt begrudgingly acknowledged that the “withdrawal from Afghanistan was painful, politically costly to Biden, and tragic for many Afghans now suffering under the brutality of the Taliban.”

Ironically, he also noted that “we’re out of endless wars,” which is the ultimate byproduct of efforts initiated by Trump that many in the media have been critical of. Given that critics accuse the Biden administration of pushing the U.S. headlong into an encounter with Russia in defense of Ukraine, the timing here may be premature.

Hunt also downplays inflation to insist the economy is “humming along,” citing a Bloomberg report that Biden has had the best first year record of any president in the last 50 years. Never mind that CNN, of all sources, noted that with inflation nearing a 40 year high this month, effectively erasing recent U.S. wage gains, Biden “now sports the lowest net economic rating of any president at this point through their first term since at least Jimmy Carter in 1977.”

Somehow, with record numbers of illegal immigrants swarming the southern border monthly under Biden, the out-of-control border crisis that’s fundamentally changing America never comes up in the piece.

Nonetheless, social media users know a rat when they smell one and weren’t persuaded by Klain’s efforts — here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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