The Washington Post and Politico outlined President Biden’s strategy and challenges heading into the midterm elections, predicting that he and his aides will focus on former President Donald Trump.
According to Politico White House Bureau Chief Jonathan Lemire, Biden’s aides are considering “turning the campaign into a contrast with Donald Trump and the Republicans.” The article, titled “Bidenworld wants to make the midterms more about Trump and hopes Elon Musk can help,” begins by stating that Democrats have “struggled to overcome” economic challenges.
Midterm elections have historically favored the opposing party of the sitting president, and analysts have consistently predicted a Democratic midterm bloodbath as high gas prices, inflation, and a border crisis loom over the Biden White House.
Other White House efforts to reimagine the midterm strategy, according to the outlet, have failed.
“The White House has been taken over by outside forces, leaving the president unable to stay on message and Democrats frustrated with a lack of direction coming from the West Wing,” Lemire wrote.
During a speech commemorating Earth Day in Seattle, Washington, the president stated that the Republican Party “ain’t your father’s Republican Party” and that it was now a “MAGA party.”
Politico reported that Democrats felt “empty-handed” when asked to defend “the administration’s position on voting rights, the president’s legislative agenda, and his decision to rescind Title 42.”
According to Politico, Trump’s advisers hoped that Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter would entice Trump to return to the platform. Trump, on the other hand, recently told Fox News that even if he is allowed back on the platform, he will not return.
“Many in Biden’s orbit believe that the more the election becomes about Trump, the better the Democrats’ chances become,” Lemire wrote.
In a piece headlined “Six months before crucial midterms, Biden faces many challenges,” the Washington Post analyzed the president’s mounting challenges six months before the midterm elections.
According to the outlet, “a contentious immigration policy, a potential economic recession, and a bruising battle over COVID funding” all weigh on Biden and the Democrats.
According to the Washington Post, Democrats “can’t seem to catch a break these days.” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) told the outlet that while the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and supply chain issues were “outside of any given party’s control,” voters might not notice.
“Today, it looks pretty dire for the president,” Republican strategist Zach Roday told the Washington Post. “These Democrats will need to build independent brands and persuade voters to support them. They don’t stand a chance without it.”
According to the paper, Biden’s efforts to highlight his accomplishments have been stymied by bad economic news or the war in Ukraine. On Saturday, a White House adviser told Fox News Digital that Biden would be hitting the campaign trail and traveling more frequently to promote his agenda and “sharpen the contrast” between his administration and the Republican Party.
“Elections are about making choices,” the adviser explained. “You have President Biden and congressional Democrats who understand what people are going through and are working every day to bring costs down for the American people, and you have Republicans who continue to stand in the way.”
In April, Biden’s approval rating fell to its lowest point during his presidency. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, only 33% of Americans approved of Biden’s job performance, while 54% disapproved.