Jen Psaki serves as President Joe Biden’s White House Press secretary. Is there anyone with a harder job in politics than Jen Psaki? Perhaps not. But things are getting worse for her.
Chris Stigall, my friend, shared that the White House has been extremely brutal in the last week, leading to the obvious question: What is the best way for anyone to explain such utter failure?
Joe Biden’s 24 hour last-minute:
—OSHA Mandate struck down
—Democrats’ Election Bill dead
—Filibuster survives the Senate
—33% approval in Quinnipiac poll
—Inflation hits a 40-year high
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) January 13, 2022
For more information, gut punches were initiated by the administration on Wednesday following a 7.5% increase in inflation year-over year. That was the worst mark since 1982, and that’s only because the formula for computing inflation was softened. Quinnipiac also released a poll on Biden that revealed a shockingly low 33 percent approval rate among Americans.
Thursday was a brutal day. Joe Biden was heading to Capitol Building in support of abolishing the filibuster. Sen. Kyrsten Sienima, however, gave surprise floor speeches that completely discredited the idea. Soon after that, Senator Joe Manchin issued a lengthy statement in the exact same vein. That left Biden’s “voting rights” (see: attempting to rig the 2022 election) bill dead and done. The Supreme Court surprised everyone by removing the OSHA mandate to COVID-19 vaccines from the schedule. This was despite it being announced that there would not be any further decisions.
I can say without equivocation that this has been the worst week of Biden’s presidency, and that’s taking into account the disastrous week of the Afghanistan withdrawal. You cannot overstate the amount of faceplanting that took place in these last three days. It covered such a wide range of subjects.
Psaki’s response was more combative and shrill. When someone asked her about the litany of failures piling up and the sense that things aren’t going well, this was her response.
Reporter: The sense is things going well [at the White House]”There’s not a need to make any changes right now.”
Jen Psaki: We could propose legislation for bunny-rabbits and ice cream support, but it wouldn’t make the American people very happy. pic.twitter.com/LXO5s2duPM
— The Hill (@thehill) January 14, 2022
It is difficult to overlook the arrogance in every Psaki word. This is also why Biden’s administration has been faltering at such high levels. The middle ground is clearly large between the federal takeover and legislative support for bunny animals.
Just yesterday, Senate Democrats filibustered a bill to sanction Russia’s Nordstream 2 pipeline. In order to please Vladimir Putin, The White House actively lobbied against its defeat. Psaki would like to see a concrete win if he wants to understand what that looks like. Biden was instead on the wrong side again of major foreign policy issues. And less than 24 hours later, Russia is now at the brink, despite the offer.
Contrary to Psaki’s insinuation, the problem is not that the White House’s dogged pursuit of worthwhile initiatives that those dastardly Republicans (and Manchin and Sinema) just won’t let them pass. The issue is actually the initiatives. A legislative strategy is to not push for tyrannical or unconstitutional garbage. So when it inevitably fails, and a reporter asks about the need for a change of direction, the smart move would be to — and stick with me here — change direction.
The dynamics of the Democrat Party won’t allow that, though. To admit defeat on “voting rights” or to stop the pursuit of another $2 trillion spending package would be to betray the far-left base that demands the administration keep running headlong into that brick wall.