President Joe Biden hasn’t let his predecessor’s previous three indictments stop him from traveling the country and trying to break through with a pitch on “Bidenomics.”
On Tuesday, he tried again in Wisconsin, hoping his argument about more jobs and manufacturing can lend at least an implicit contrast against the chaos surrounding former President Donald Trump, who was indicted for a fourth time in Georgia Monday evening.
Biden is also seeking to refocus attention on his agenda as his son Hunter Biden faces charges related to tax offenses and gun possession. As the plea talks fell apart, the prosecutor handling the case, US attorney David Weiss, last week requested and was granted “special counsel” status by Attorney General Merrick Garland, signaling that the case could continue to drag on and command media attention.
As Biden practices his now well-worn routine of avoiding comment and using his bully pulpit to highlight his legislative accomplishments, the White House, his reelection campaign and the Democratic Party are betting that voters are more concerned about kitchen table issues than Trump’s chaotic summer, pressing to make their policy arguments resonate as the former president again dominates the news cycle.
Whether Biden and his team can break through the noise generated by Trump’s legal dramas remains to be seen – and officials are calculating that indictment fatigue will set in and are aiming to flood the zone with evidence of the administration governing, according to plans that officials laid out exclusively to CNN.
There is evidence in polls that, so far, Biden and his team are not getting their message through as much as they’d like. Seven-in-ten respondents in a recent Washington Post-University of Maryland survey said they’d heard little to nothing about the Inflation Reduction Act – the sweeping climate, tax, and health care package passed along party lines last summer after more than a year of pained intraparty negotiations. Biden’s approval ratings remain underwater, and 75% of Americans said in a recent CNN poll that economic condit