Democrats are increasingly voicing their frustrations with President Joe Biden over what they believe is his inability to impose the Democratic agenda.
What are they saying?
After three mass killings — in Buffalo, Uvalde, and now Highland Park — Democrats are calling out Biden for what they believe is a “flat” response, Politico reported.
Biden has repeatedly demanded reforms be made, but has done little to make gun reform a reality, his intra-party critics say.
“He’s missing the boat here. This is our time to dig in and be absolutely furious because these one-half measures are not working. He’s got a real excitability problem,” Democratic strategist Camille Rivera told Politico. “I really don’t understand where this passivity comes from in this situation.”
Rivera added that Biden is “not meeting the moment. He has to meet the moment.”
One anonymous Democratic strategist even told The Hill that Biden’s supposedly muted response and failure to enact more progressive policies is “infuriating.”
“Our house is on fire and it seems like they’re doing nothing to put the fire out,” that strategist said. “They’re just watching it with the rest of us.”
Even a Democratic congressman, who refused to disclose his name, told NBC News that Biden must change his approach, pointing to Biden’s dismal approval numbers that most political experts believe precipitates a red wave in the 2022 midterm elections.
“He has to change course. His numbers are in the toilet. Whatever he’s doing is not working,” the congressman said. “There’s a benefit to having the president out there every day using his executive power to show the country you’re fighting for them. And it’s almost like he’s hiding. He has the bully pulpit, and he’s either hiding behind it or under it. I don’t know where he is.”
If not Biden, then who?
The Washington Post reported that Democrats could turn to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker to fill what Adam Jentleson, a former top adviser to Harry Reid, called a “leadership vacuum”
Both Democratic leaders are more directly confronting Republicans, which Democratic strategists believe is an effective strategy.