Amid a rolling series of calamities, Bidenís feeling lately is that he just canít catch a break. ďBiden is frustrated. If itís not one thing, itís another,Ē said a person close to the president.
Biden is annoyed that he wasnít alerted sooner about the baby formula shortage and that he got his first briefing in the past month, even though the crisis had long been in the making. (The White House didnít specify when Biden got his first briefing on the formula shortage.) His nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert Califf, told Congress last week that the agency was sluggish and that it had made ďsuboptimalĒ decisions as parents hunted for formula on empty store shelves.
Beyond policy, Biden is unhappy about a pattern that has developed inside the West Wing. He makes a clear and succinct statement ó only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else. The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that heís not fully in command.
Bidenís angst is rippling through the party. Democratic lawmakers are sparring among themselves and blaming the White House for their dim prospects in November.
A few weeks ago, Biden started employing a midterm election tactic that has been a go-to for sitting presidents: villainize the opposition. He has sought to tether Republicans to Trumpís Make America Great Again agenda. But Biden has been leaning on White House aides to come up with a message that captures the stark choice voters face. Biden himself thought up the phrase ďUltra MAGA,Ē which he and other Democrats have started using in hope of drawing a clear contrast with Trumpís movement.
The phrase tested well in polling reviewed by the White House, but it also had the unintended effect of firing up the Trump faithful. Merchandisers have found a hot market for ďUltra MAGAĒ T-shirts.
And, you Blue MAGA Swampcultists are surprised!!!!!
I warned you from the beginning. Elect a President who keeps insisting that used to drive a truck and you get what you ask for.
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