Guns, inflation, and baby formula: Biden is everywhere, talking about every issue. But to what effect?

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In recent days, President Biden Talk about guns On primetime television and written for The Wall Street Journal (about inflation) The New York Times (about Ukraine). He traveled to Uvald, Texas, to mourn the mass shootings that killed 19 children and two teachers. On Wednesday, he led a meeting in the White House to discuss infant formula shortages. On Friday, he came out again, this time from Delaware, talking about the economy and inflation.

In other words, the boss seems to be everywhere. But to what end? It’s something that worries Democrats as they head into November mid-term elections. But is it a problem of messages, a problem of politics, or words that have no effect, or is it just a sign of an exhausted and unhappy electorate that has stopped caring so much about the president? Whatever the case, the political repercussions are serious. Biden has little time to know, if it can be resolved, before voters pass their verdict in his first two years in office.

When Biden spoke about gun violence Thursday night, there was an applause from advocates of stricter gun laws for the privacy and passion with which he outlined measures to deal with the mass shooting epidemic. He called for the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and the enactment of cautionary laws to get would-be killers off the streets before they were killed. After signals that he would stay out of the debate on Capitol Hill, he jumped in and urged lawmakers and preemptively blamed Republicans if nothing serious happened.

For those who liked the rhetoric, Biden’s remarks could be seen as an example of presidential leadership in a time of national crisis, of a CEO saying something many Americans would agree with, even if what he advocated is not immediately achievable. But if the president’s words don’t spur lawmakers into action, will they spur voters to shake off their discontent with Republicans in November, which was part of the president’s goal?

Thursday was not the first time Biden spoke forcefully with little hope of real action. In January, he spoke in Georgia about voting rights, calling for action and comparing those who opposed a federal law to expand access to voting — which Senate Republicans blocked from debate — with George Wallace, Paul Connor and Jefferson Davis. However, neither Biden nor Senate Democrats have a strategy to push the bill forward, a fact that has angered civil rights and voting rights groups, who have questioned the point of all this.

Barrier on long lasting rifles. Biden is not the first president to fail to move Congress after a tragic shooting. The then-Vice President, Barack Obama, couldn’t beat the gun lobby after the horrific shooting of Sandy Hook a decade ago.

Indeed, Biden has a track record of success on this issue: As a senator, he has helped pass what he is now asking for, an assault weapons ban. That was in 1994. It lasted a decade and allowed it to go extinct.

On Capitol Hill, a group of bipartisan senators continues to work. The signs are mixed about eventual success. Even the most modest of legislation, which gets 60 votes in the Senate and lands on Biden’s desk, would be billed as a victory. Otherwise, Biden and Democrats will try to turn the failure of Congress into a November political rallying cry to mobilize Democrats and others on the issue.

Biden’s days are full of challenges, but inflation remains the most politically effective issue facing his administration. The president has limited tools to deal with the problem. He must work around the edges while hoping that the Fed’s tightening of monetary policy will succeed in curbing inflation without causing Recession.

Nothing Biden has said or done so far has made things noticeably better, either in lowering prices or improving his political standing. Despite the strong job market, it was confirmed again on Friday when the Labor Department reported that the economy Adding 390,000 more jobs Last month the unemployment rate settled at 3.6 percent, and inflation is an issue that drives political stances.

An example of his limited powers is shown in his decision in the spring to approve the largest-ever SPR release. Gasoline prices fell a bit around the time of Biden’s announcement but have since fallen back jump past Where they were and could be up to $5 a gallon later this summer. Biden blamed the surge in Russia’s war on Ukraine and the disruption to supplies – “Putin’s raising prices,” as he calls it. But Democrats fear voters will vote their wrath on them.

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen admitted she was wrong about inflation last year, and downplayed it. stay in power. Her honest admission was refreshing, even if it provided Republicans with ammunition to attack the administration for its miscalculation and possibly exacerbate the spiraling price spiral.

softens Commenting on CNN It was noticeable for another reason. It was a rare case of a Cabinet employee in the Biden administration breaking news, good or bad, or admitting a mistake. The president’s persistent visibility came hand in hand with the relative invisibility of senior administration officials. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have become in the public eye due to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who dealt with the fallout from the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, gave many well-covered speeches. Most local government officials remained in the shadows.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Housing Secretary Marcia L. Challenges across the country. But they are not seen very often. Even Anthony S. Fauci, who was ubiquitous, was seen less frequently as the focus on the coronavirus was reduced.

On Tuesday, a frustrated Biden sent top officials in force via TV shows to make their case that they are doing everything they can to slow the price hike. Some fill up on Sunday morning talk shows. But while cabinet officials occasionally persuade, they are unemployed as a messenger.

Instead, most things pass through the president’s voice and through White House communications and policy processes. This includes several key briefings to announce decisions that will be managed by agencies and departments. This was an evolving pattern that began before Biden’s election, of advisers to the president running the bureaucracy – they hope the letter – from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. However, few administrations have been so centrally managed from the White House as this one.

Biden’s opponents will criticize him no matter what stance he takes. During the 2020 campaign, he was criticized by President Donald Trump and Republican officials, who accused him of hiding in the basement of his Delaware home during the pandemic. His low-profile strategy worked. In this case less was more; He won the elections. But the opposite approach, the always visible boss, continues to show its limits.