One new example of this was the way CBS News did the work in propping up Pres. Biden after his SOTU address this week. They framed a poll they did on voter views of the SOTU speech to suggest there was a large cross-section of voters that “approved of the speech” with many allegedly stating that “it had made them feel proud and optimistic.”
It was not until you dug a little deeper into the poll that you found that almost 50% of those polled were Dems.
Not surprisingly, while Joe Biden was prepping to give the speech, Chuck Todd was propping up Joe Biden, having a small meltdown over how GOP messaging on the U.S. economy was resonating with the working-class voters.
Except Todd, a Dem apologist among Dem apologists, did not frame it in that way. In his view, the American people had been hoodwinked by the GOP despite the economy of America in Todd’s view booming with plenty of “higher-paying jobs” and with workers having a lot of money to spend but unable to find products to spend it on.
To reiterate my point from earlier, this is how you know Dems are in trouble – when news figures like Chuck Todd are concerned about the “messaging,” something he has done many times over the past few months as Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been plummeting, and when they are making suggestions for how Dems can turn it all around (with the help of the media, of course).
As I have said before, the things that matter the most to voters on election day are kitchen table problems, and no matter how good Todd believes the economy is doing, if voters can hardly afford to put food on their table and gas in their cars, they are going to punish the president’s party for it. It is just that simple, which is something that even VP Harris understands.
The problem for Joe Biden here is that he is striking out with the voters on more than just the poor economy. He has got terrible numbers across the board on problems like immigration and foreign policy and he and his party don’t have a lot of time to convince the voters that their problems are, as Todd would suggest, just their imaginations.