Top Aide Quits Biden’s White House before Midterms, Comms Director Kate Bedingfield Leaves Admin

A top aide to Democrat President Joe Biden is leaving the White House ahead of the looming midterm elections.

White House Communication Director Kate Bedingfield has announced she is leaving the Biden administration in the coming weeks.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said: “Without Kate Bedingfield’s talent and tenacity, Donald Trump might still be in the White House, the Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Law might still be unrealized goals, and Kentaji Brown Jackson might not be sitting on the Supreme Court.

“She has played a huge role in everything the President has achieved—from his second term as Vice President, through the campaign, and since coming to the White House.

“Her strategic acumen, intense devotion to the President’s agenda, and fierce work on his behalf are unmatched.

“She will continue to remain a critical player in moving the Biden agenda forward from the outside,” he said.

From CNN:

In a new Monmouth University poll, just 36% of Americans approve of the job Joe Biden is doing — the lowest mark of his presidency to date in the survey. Which raises a simple but profound question: How low can Biden go?…there’s a possibility that Biden’s numbers go lower.

The presidents whose approval ratings are below where Biden is today were battered by a series of crises on a variety of fronts. Which, well, seems to fit Biden.

He continues to struggle amid the public’s concerns over inflation, gas prices and the (still) ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

That’s not to say that Biden isn’t at his bottom now, but just rather to note that the factors that have driven past presidents’ approval ratings lower do exist for him at the moment.

That all should result in further panic running through the Democratic Party.

The single biggest predictor of how a president’s party will do in a midterm election is what that president’s approval looks like.

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As of 2018, the average House seat loss when a president’s job approval is below 50% is 37 seats, according to Gallup. (When a president is over 50% approval, the average seat loss for his party is 14 seats.)

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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