President Joe Biden’s own pollster has just dropped the hammer on the Democratic Party, warning it’s the “worst political environment” he’s seen in his 30-year career.
John Anzalone told Politico that Biden and the Democrats are headed for a bloodbath in the midterm elections because of incompetent branding.
“I think what we’re missing right now is that voters are very much in, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ mode,” Anzalone said.
“And they don’t feel Democrats can get their shit together and get things done.
“And so, you know, if we’re able to do something — a skinny Build Back Better or whatever on health insurance costs, prescription drug costs, elderly care, child care — that’s a big deal.
“Because it will give Democrats a competitive advantage on what they’re doing for working families.
“And it’ll cut through the inflation narrative, the Ukraine narrative, the Afghan narrative, the border narrative, etc.
“And right now, we don’t see that and we don’t have that.
“No one’s going to sit there as a Democratic consultant and try to bullsh*t you that this is anything but a really sour environment for Democrats.
“So we better look at the strategic ways that we can compete, right?
“I think that a lot of time, there’s this narrative in D.C. among Democrats that you only talk to Latinos about immigration.
“Like, immigration is the 12th issue that they’re concerned about.
“Guess what? They’re concerned about the same things everyone else is concerned about.
“It’s always about the economy or inflation or health care or schools.”
“Republicans do a much better job of branding Democrats than Democrats do Republicans.
“We don’t do a good job of branding.
“But, goddamn, man, you know, critical race theory, which literally just one day popped up in the American lexicon and — it’s not taught in any public school in America — now it becomes an issue.
“They’re really good at branding.
“We’re scared of our own shadow on taxes, and it f*cking makes no sense.
“People do not begrudge people making a lot of money and getting wealthy; people have a problem and are pissed off about them not paying any fucking taxes.
“And why, as a party, we don’t elevate that in our messaging is beyond me.”
He said he doesn’t know if Biden will run again but took a little swipe at Kamala saying he doesn’t think anyone but Biden could beat Trump in 2024 if Trump enters the race.
“I have no idea. No indication that he won’t run. And I think that a lot of us feel that if Trump runs, there’s no one else that could beat Trump other than Joe Biden.
You go head-to-head and Joe Biden’s always ahead of him.
“Not by a lot — one or two points.
“Even at his lowest approval rating, he still beats Donald Trump.”
“It’s the worst political environment that I’ve lived through in 30 years of being a political consultant,” he said of the midterms.
“There’s a big difference between losing 7 and 10 seats in the House and getting your ass kicked and losing 35, 40.
“I think we really have the ability to keep the Senate.
“Can I just say one thing, because I think this is important: Reagan went through this. Clinton went through this. Obama went through this. And they all got reelected,” he said.