The Hill reports that Democratic strategists are worried that former President Donald Trump will defeat President Joe Biden in the 2024 election if he wins the Republican primary.
Biden’s campaign assumes it can rely on anti-Trump sentiment to win the upcoming election, but Democratic strategists quoted anonymously by The Hill are concerned that this strategy will not be sufficient.
“Be very f***ing worried,” a strategist advised the outlet.
“There is a concern from a lot of people like me, for sure,” another Democratic strategist told The Hill. “There’s a disconnect between the consultant class of our party and the voters. They think they can just run a bunch of ads talking about how crazy Donald Trump is [and] that will be enough.
“That’s just not the case.”
According to The New York Times, other Democratic strategists are concerned that the Biden campaign is off to a slow start; two weeks after Biden announced his candidacy, his campaign manager has not yet started her job, the campaign’s seven co-chairs have not yet met, and the media is focusing heavily on the Republican primary race.
Biden’s counsel told the media outlet that the campaign has been deliberately low-key thus far in order to save money, and that senior employees are still focused on their duties within the White House.
John Del Cecato, a strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, remarked, “Part of me is troubled that people are more enthusiastic about doing the often unglamorous work of government policymaking when there’s an extremely important political campaign that is staring us in the face.”
He added, “I don’t know if that speaks to a belief that this will be a joyless campaign re-election effort or if it’s something else.”
Faiz Shakir, campaign manager for Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign, told The Times: “It would be unfortunate if they let the Republican nominee govern the conversation on a day-to-day basis. It feels like too much of a wild card to sit back.”
“You’ve got to figure out a way to excite and energize people about your own conversation and to drive Donald Trump into that one.”
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Other strategists were confident that drawing on public distaste for Trump would catapult Biden to victory.
“You’ve now had three consecutive elections where Democrats’ performance has been at the upper end of what’s been possible for us,” veteran political strategist Simon Rosenberg told The Hill. CONTINUE READING…