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The important thing for Joe Biden -- and Joe Biden should come by this naturally, because Joe Biden's very good at this, unusually good for politicians -- is to speak to people about what's going on in their lives and give them a sense of understanding about what's going on in their lives without looking and trying too hard to tell them what a great job Joe Biden's doing, joe Biden needs to be the empathizer-in-chief.
Anything that changes the subject is good news. It's been a rough stretch for him. It is a chance for him both to fulfill a promise and do something that unifies his caucus and gives him a win, this is a propitious time to be talking about Supreme Court. If the current court does as we expect and guts Roe vs. Wade in the spring, this could be a motivating factor for voters on the Democratic side, particularly women, particularly in the suburbs, which will be important. And having a stellar nominee who impresses joining the bench after June could be part of that mix.
Today, the White House and Democrats rightfully suspect that at least the House will turn in '22, so this brief moment of one-party control, albeit narrow, offers the last, best hope for the president and members to get big priorities done, that's why there is such urgent anxiety about loading up the Build Back Better Act with so many planks.
Even before we took office, we knew the economic catastrophe we were inheriting, which promised to be long and deep, meant we faced a calamitous midterm, that meant if we wanted to accomplish anything meaningful, it would have to come in the first two years, when we had large majorities in both chambers. It's why President Obama moved the Affordable Care Act when he did.
The Affordable Care Act was The Affordable Care Act because many of The Affordable Care Act main provisions would not be enacted or felt for years, in the case of the infrastructure bill, there should be visible projects underway relatively swiftly -- physical evidence of progress. The task is to link those community improvements to this bill and The President in the minds of voters.
They certainly vote more with Republicans than many Democrats vote with Republicans, but he does need them, this is something that's lost in the discussion often, which is people say, well, why do they negotiate with Republicans ? Why don't they just go it alone ? Well, you can't go it alone, unless you have 50 votes, and Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are not on board on many of these key things that Biden cares about.
At the end of the day, will people judge whether democracy is working based on whether or not there are significant Republican votes on the legislation that he passes? Or will they judge it based on the tangible things that are delivered by what he passes? his gamble -- and there's good reason to believe it -- is that tangible progress will supersede the style points.
How do you capture the data and build relationships with all the people suddenly eager to help ? How do you quickly build an organization equipped to utilize that data and those relationships and develop a strategy, particularly in the must-win early states, and how do you prepare for the sterner tests that come for a' hot' candidate, as media and opponents begin to poke and prod with greater intensity to see if you are up to the job.
He has made it a strategy to mine these differences, mine these divisions, David Axelrod this issue of race, which has coursed through our politics and our society from the beginning if our history, but is a galvanizing issue for a portion of his base, he's decided to play base politics, and wherever he can he seems to want to light that fuse. And that has emboldened others to voice racist views.
We want to congratulate the Israeli people for the democratic process of the election they engaged in with all of the parties that engage in that election, as you know the hard work of coalition building now begins. Sometimes that takes a couple of weeks and we're going to give space to the formation of that coalition government and we're not going to weigh in one way of the other except to say that the United States and Israel have a historic and close relationship and that will continue going forward.
Once she lost the Iowa caucuses, she became a different candidate, much less guarded, much more willing to connect with people in a visceral way, much more revealing of herself, much more of an advocate, that's the person she needs to be to win the election. And she needs to project a vision of where she wants to take the country.
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