Sources tell online news outlet Axios that President Joe Biden has privately ordered his staff into “campaign mode,” meaning even the smallest slip-ups could be magnified into major issues as the Democrats face tough challenges in the upcoming midterms. The President stressed the need to avoid bureaucratic language and cut to the core of his party’s election message, the sources said.
On Friday, the White House encouraged Democratic congressional allies to amplify President Biden’s message that Republicans didn’t support his police funding in the COVID-19 relief bill. In talking points obtained by Axios, the President seems to be readying himself for a potential Republican retake of the Congressional majority and potential “inquiries” in retaliation for the January 6th House Select Committee investigation.
However, the January 6th Committee may give the President a respite from any such Republican-led panels if the five members of their own party who have been subpoenaed refuse to comply. Political insiders have already speculated that Democrats could use the same kind of obstructive behavior to block compliance with any future GOP-led investigations.
These members include those who participated in meetings at the White House, those who had direct conversations with President Trump leading up to and during the attack, and those who were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before January 6th.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) May 12, 2022
Instead of preparing for the worst, however, senior Biden administration officials want to highlight some of the President’s signature programs, like the bipartisan infrastructure bill and $1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief spending. Unemployment is at a historic low not seen in fifty years, and the President has also made nearly 100 judicial appointments, most notably Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
When I took office, there were around 20 million people relying on unemployment benefits to feed their families; today, that number is around 1 million—the lowest since 1970.
We are building an economy that values the dignity of work.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 7, 2022
“President Biden has always said don’t compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative,” said Michael Gwin, a White House spokesman. “The President isn’t going to shy away from underscoring the contrast between congressional Republicans and the work he and his administration are doing to lower prices and make our communities safer and stronger.”