Archive for January 31st, 2022

WaPo piles on: “Weak, old, wishy-washy, incoherent, lazy, needs a nap”

January 31, 2022

Yipes! When the obvious becomes evident to the Washington Post, you’re in deep yogurt.
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The news isn’t so much in the details … it’s  that the obvious has become evident to the Washington Post … and that paper published it … signaling to readers that it’s ok to jump ship.

The fodder for the story was research on “suburban women swing voters” conducted by a Democratic pollster “on behalf of several liberal organizations”.

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Here are my Cliff’s notes on WaPo’s article The Long Slide:

> “Almost nobody voted for Biden — they voted against the other guy.”

> Biden presented himself as an antidote to his predecessor, offering the promise of “strong, steady, stable leadership”.

> But a cascade of crises have badly eroded Biden’s image of restoring calm.

> “He’s always hoping for best but failing to plan for the worst.”

> The administration has repeatedly underestimated the magnitude of the nation’s challenges, including failing to anticipate the  coronavirus variants, supply chain disruptions and persistent inflation.

> The president and his team have stumbled in offering a clear and reassuring message, unable to convince many Americans that they understand their travails or that better days are ahead.

> Biden often looks callous, uncaring, incompetent, and failing in a key moments of leadership.

Ouch!

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So, what’s team Biden doing about it?

In a word: “Denial”

According to administration operatives:

> The strategy for the year ahead is the same formula we followed for the past year, which is keep working, keep getting things done, keep moving the ball downfield.”

> We’ve got to make people see that “President Biden inherited an epic mess from his predecessor and deserves credit for a range of victories”

> We have to convey that “President Biden is somebody who thinks about what they’re worried about every single day when he wakes up and walks into the Oval Office, and is doing everything in his power to make their lives better.”

In other words, it’s not the product it’s the communication.

At least one White House operative — said Jen O’Malley Dillon, a deputy White House chief of staff — opinds:

It’s important to take stock of where we’ve come and where we are.

This isn’t a time to, you know, spike the football.

Message to Jen: Maybe it is time to quit fumbling the football…


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