With little more than a week remaining until the midterms Democrats are pulling out all the stops on the campaign trail, save the “millstone” that President Joe Biden has become as perception becomes reality and the party made clear, “They don’t want him.”
The likelihood of the red wave has seemingly only increased in the countdown to election day as, rather than a question of if, debates have centered around how big the change in power will be. To stem the bleeding, campaigns in swing states have employed first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and now even former President Barack Obama, but after a Friday fundraiser in Philadelphia the president retreated once again to his home in Delaware.
“I think it’s exactly where Democrats want him to be,” Targeted Victory Vice President Matt Gorman said to Fox News Digital. “They don’t want him within 100 miles of any competitive race.”
By contrast, Jill Biden was in New Hampshire campaigning for Sen. Maggie Hassan (D), Harris was at an event for Democrats in Baltimore, MD and Obama in Michigan and Wisconsin stumping for Govs. Gretchen Whitmer and Tony Evers respectively along with Wisconsin Senate candidate Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.
Michigan – we've got to show up and vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. pic.twitter.com/cZVNcBBp01
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 29, 2022
Kellyanne Conway, then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager and administration counselor, spoke with Fox News Digital and said, “Biden is back in his basement in Delaware while his Democratic Party struggles to retain control of the House and Senate. This is fitting, given that Biden’s disastrous policies and habit of ignoring the will of the people as expressed in polls has contributed to his own disapproval rating and the existential threat to a Democratic majority.”
She went on to add, “this is not ‘Biden Hidden’ – this is Biden being unpopular and unwelcome on the campaign trail,” and further suggested, “Former President Obama is popular, especially within his own party, but his record of delivering electoral victories for candidates other than himself is lacking: Over his eight years as president, Democrats lost a net 12 governors, nine U.S. senators, dozens of House seats and 950 state legislative seats.”
Meanwhile, Biden himself suggested there was nothing out of the ordinary with his retreating for a weekend getaway with mere days left until the election telling reporters after casting an early vote in Wilmington, DE Saturday, “I’m feeling good. I mean, I’ve been in I guess now 36 constituencies. Either to campaign for a specific candidate or going with a candidate who is doing something like at the bridge out at Pittsburgh.”
Biden speaks on the assault of Paul Pelosi, Fetterman, Russia and the midterm elections after voting early with his granddaughter, Natalie. pic.twitter.com/FeMtGN6ShI
— Erin B. Logan (@erinblogan) October 29, 2022
Though he went on to add, “I’m going to be all around the country,” the president is only scheduled for a trip out to New Mexico and California in addition to stops not far from home in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
As Biden’s popularity has sunk so too has the favor of being seen with the president for Democrats ceding ground, but his divisive qualities had pushed party members away with Barnes previously avoiding an event on Labor Day, less than a week after the infamous Independence Hall speech.
Axiom Strategies vice president of communications Matt Wolking told Fox News Digital, “Joe Biden is a millstone around the necks of most Democrats–whether he spends the final days of the election snoozing at the beach or talking with TikTok trans activists won’t move things much in either direction,” leaving it no wonder that the president has preemptively begun to blame Republicans for the troubles his policies will bring in the coming year.
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