Press Secretary Jen Psaki has some advice for Democrat voters who are disappointed with the administrations growing list of failures: margaritas. Appearing on Friday morning’s “The View”, she offered this gem:
“My advice to everyone out there who’s frustrated, sad, angry, pissed off, feel those emotions, go to a kickboxing class, have a margarita, do whatever you need to do this weekend, and then wake up on Monday morning, we gotta keep fighting.”
She encouraged activists to hold on to their anger, however, ending her inspiring comment by reminding viewers that the key to Democrat voter turnout and enthusiasm is “the anger of that activism”.
Psaki’s words come as senior Democrats and White House aides voice alarm over the lack of strategy and concern for the party’s upcoming midterm fate.
According to CNN:
“It’s hard for me to believe that the President knows how little his political shop is doing to support Democratic majorities in the Senate and the House. All of us believe that the President would be shocked to learn how little the White House political team is doing,” said one senior Democratic elected official in Washington, voicing widespread worries about the midterms. “We just know Joe Biden, and we know how much he cares about this stuff.”
Focus groups are giving party operatives nightmares. Biden is coming across as old and absent, they say. Real and perceived fumbles play into deep fears that he’s not up to the job and that Democrats are incompetent. Few Americans can say what was in the massive bills he’s signed, though many have heard about Democratic infighting and failure in what he hasn’t signed.
“What is the plan to fix that?” asked one operative in touch with the White House. “They can’t tell us what they’re talking about next week.”
Though most Democrats in power believe there’s still ample time for a turnaround, several top operatives are already talking triage. They’re fearful of discussing all of this publicly because they don’t want to create more problems. But privately, they are petrified that a Republican majority would end Biden’s agenda and swamp them with endless investigations and subpoenas, promise impeachment and potentially endanger fair certification of the next presidential election. All this comes as former President Donald Trump has begun assembling a stricter political operation from Mar-a-Lago, aiming to use a strong presence and win record in 2022 to potentially bulldoze his way through 2024.
“It doesn’t strike me as they’re dealing with the politics with the urgency of what’s currently at stake,” said one high-level operative working on House campaigns.
Those closest to the President insist he has time to turn it all around. Time will certainly tell.