Veteran journalist Al Hunt feels that President Joe Biden’s time in the White House has been plagued by “stupid mistakes” and “fumbling” opportunities, as prominent Democrats now have a sense of dissatisfaction with whether the president is competent enough to do the job. .
In a column for The Hill, the former Bloomberg News editor and columnist recently argued for a study in Quinnipiac that shows Biden’s negative assessments of competencies go to the “core of his presidency” after he was billed as a skilled alternative to its predecessor.
“Discomfort is also reflected in background talks with a few Democrats, strategists, donors and officials. This is not just the passions of the moment, they fear, but a deeper concern that this White House cannot cope with frightening challenges,” Hunt wrote in the column with the headline. , “Biden administration’s competence doubts increase.”
“The Democrats’ most current, hardly the only concern is over the multi-billion-dollar social spending measure,” Hill wrote. “For Biden and most congressional Democrats, this is a do-or-die, destined for next year’s election — and probably also in 2024.”
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Hunt feels that Biden’s White House has “fumbled both the outer and inner role” after publicly letting “the agenda be dominated by the original size of the package – $ 3.5 trillion” and privately by a “problematic” effort to get the House Democratic Caucus on the board.
However, the politically important multimillion-dollar social spending measure is not the only thing Biden has failed, according to Hunt.
“The problem of competence really flared up with Afghanistan, not the withdrawal of the United States — the only sensible path — but the lack of predictability of the rate at which the U.S.-backed government and military collapsed,” Hunt wrote.
“The president exacerbated his problems by declaring that his military advisers never advised him to retain a small force; in the subsequent testimony of Congress, the generals contradicted him,” Hunt continued. “This allowed right-wingers to accuse the president of dishonesty and even raise the scandal. It was a self-inflicted wound for Biden.”
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The veteran journalist feels that the White House has also been slow to make decisive agreements, failed to appoint an envoy to Afghanistan, taken too long to appoint an ambassador to China, and seems to focus on diversity instead of quality when it comes to designated.
Hunt noted that many Democrats have considered, “Where is [Vice President] Kamala Harris? He wrote that others feel that Biden set her up to fail with “almost impossible tasks or those that will be taken over by others” when progress is needed.
“This is particularly troubling as Democrats look ahead, worried that an 81-year-old established man will not run for re-election and Harris is not starting to burn the credentials up to intensify,” Hunt wrote.
He also sued the Biden administration for “stupid mistakes in small matters,” such as the dumping of H.R. McMaster from the board of the US Military Academy, despite being qualified, simply because he was named Trump.
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Hunt said a possible “light at the end of the dark tunnel” in the midst of the Democrats’ “pervasive gloom” would be if Congress adopts domestic initiatives, manages to thwart “Republican voter repression,” and Biden can also fight COVID-19 and arrange the economy.