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Will Klain Be Thrown Under the Bus to Save Biden?

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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President Joe Biden walks with Chief of Staff Ron Klain along the Colonnade of the White House.

Ron Klain was Joe Biden’s first personnel decision after the 2020 election, ostensibly representative of the “adults” that Biden claimed to be putting back in charge. But as the embattled President continues to sink in the polls and Democrats face impending disaster this November, it increasingly looks as if Klain may become the latest victim of Biden’s blame game for why his administration has failed to inspire the support or confidence of the American people.

According to reporting from NBC News last week, “multiple people close to the White House said they’ve heard that chief of staff Ron Klain will depart at some point after the midterms,” apparently in the hope of changing the public perception of a White House that has failed to do enough to alleviate the litany of crises plaguing the nation. Other Democratic insiders have suggested that Klain could be shown the door even before the midterm elections – a move that would seem to confirm reports of dysfunction inside the West Wing and show just how desperate Democrats are for any sort of shakeup before Election Day.

While it is true that White House Chiefs of Staff often don’t serve entire presidential terms (at just under 18 months, Klain is already close to the average tenure for the position), were Klain to depart 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue either before the midterms or immediately following a major defeat for Democrats, it would mark a rather ignominious final chapter for someone whom the New York Times lauded last January for his “steady nerves” and “fierce wit” as “political tactician… well versed in the levers of power in both the executive and legislative branches of government.”

For Klain, the feeling is likely one of exasperation with a situation that is in many ways out of his control. The public’s lack of confidence in the President is largely a result of both his evident cognitive decline, something Klain is powerless to stop, and the rash of crises that have defined Biden’s presidency. Though Klain does play a significant role in crafting policy, he is similarly incapable of arresting the dramatic leftward slide of the Democratic Party generally, something which has left the President deeply out of touch with ordinary voters (although some close to the President believe Klain has actively pushed Biden too far to the left). Klain cannot fix the widening rift between moderate and progressive Democrats that has played a role in endangering so many incumbents this fall, nor can he do anything about the series of court decisions which have ruled many of Biden’s executive actions to be unlawful, from keeping Title 42 in place to striking down the mask mandate on airplanes. Yet as Chief of Staff, all of these defeats now rest at Klain’s feet.

To be sure, Klain is far from guiltless in his reported fall from grace. Critics have argued that Klain, a Washington careerist who started as legislative director for then-Representative Ed Markey back in 1983, is too often preoccupied with Beltway gossip rather than the issues concerning ordinary Americans. Nowhere has this manifested more than Klain’s prolific Twitter presence. Last October, Klain caused a headache for the administration when he retweeted a post that dismissed rising inflation and supply chain issues as “high-class” problems, something which even liberal outlets like CNN questioned. Klain has also repeatedly shared false or misleading claims about the administration’s record on the economy and COVID-19 which have been easily debunked and led to grumblings among some staff that Klain’s use of Twitter is distracting from the White House’s overall messaging strategy.

Klain has also come up short in regard to delivering on Biden’s policy priorities. When Biden hired Klain, the President-elect specifically noted his “capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum.” But once in the job, Klain failed to build any sort of rapport between the White House and Republican Members of Congress, a fact that has doomed large portions of Biden’s domestic agenda. Even Democrats have complained about Klain’s handling of the job, saying that he has too often acceded to the demands of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, something which has deeply alienated Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

However, given Klain’s record over more than a decade in the top echelon of Democratic politics, it should perhaps be unsurprising that he has failed to rise to the task. When Klain was tapped to be Biden’s Chief of Staff shortly after the 2020 election, many in the mainstream media pointed to his involvement in the Obama administration’s response to the Swine Flu pandemic in 2009 and as Barack Obama’s “Ebola Czar” in 2014, claiming that these experiences had prepared Klain to advise Biden on how to lead the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that analysis overlooked Klain’s actual performance during those crises, which was hardly exemplary. On Swine Flu, Klain himself said that it was “purely a fortuity” that the virus wasn’t “one of the great mass casualty events in American history,” and that the fact that the virus did not become a COVID-19-level disaster “had nothing to do with us doing anything right. It just had to do with luck.” Klain later walked back the comments and claimed that he was only referring to the Obama administration’s failures to produce a vaccine, but only after backlash from other former Obama staffers.

On Ebola, the New York Post slammed Klain as essentially “invisible” in his role as Obama’s point person handling the government’s response, and the administration’s messaging strategy often seemed haphazard at best and nonexistent at worst. Again, the country seemed to emerge largely unscathed thanks to the simple fact that the virus was not that transmissible. It was perhaps predictable, then, that Klain would once again prove incapable of developing a strategy to combat a pandemic when it came to COVID-19, but this time the results were far more catastrophic, with more Americans dying in 2021 than 2020, even with the vaccines inherited from the Trump administration.

If media reports are accurate, White House adviser Anita Dunn is the odds-on favorite to replace Klain when he finally does depart. The younger and seemingly popular Dunn may or may not prove a more skilled operator. But no matter who occupies the role, they’ll likely face many of the same problems as Klain – after all, the buck ultimately doesn’t stop with them, but just a few yards down the hall with the man in the Oval Office.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_


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Klara
1 month ago

Sounds like they’re eating themselves up!
Huh, LET EM HAVE IT!
They are going soooooo far left that even they can’t stop their own destruction.

TRUMP 2024

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Why would he do that when everything is going according to plan? What we call “destroying” they call the FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMING OF AMERICA. Welcome to the New Normal!

Kelly
2 months ago

Why not? They throw everyone else under the bus!

Ed
2 months ago

The ONLY hope of changing the public perception of D.C. is for ALL democrats to be forcibly removed from office, most to serve life without parole prison terms, many to have that term artificially shortened!

Amacer
2 months ago

It may not be within my lifetime for me to ever support any Democrat or Democrat assigned official. This party has shown that their wickedness knows no bounds. It is my fervent wish that this wicked political party goes extinct.

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago
Reply to  Amacer

Unfortunately they won’t so long as not enough people vote and too many stupid ones do.

Sgt Pops
2 months ago

Does it even matter? One nutcase leaves and another steps in to take his place. It only goes from bad to worse — as evidence look at the Psaki replacement.

Ray.A
2 months ago

I really don’t care. He is a lying foul. As untrustworthy as the rest of the Biden debacle. Un-American as can be. And this dim wit was on our dime for all these years. What, nobody in Delaware to vote for. As bad as the idiots in Rhode Island.

Mike B.
2 months ago

No one can take responsibility in this administration. Blaming, and pointing fingers constantly. Whoever takes that position will most likely ~~~~ it up . It’s disaster after disaster.

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike B.

What we call “disaster” they consider an universal success. This is all INTENTIONAL. Nobody is this stupid.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

Replacing Klain with another reprobate Marxist will not change anything. If one picks employees from a pool of corrupt, arrogant Marxists, one is just as “good” (or bad) as another!

KJHanover
2 months ago

Nothing can save Biden’s bad joke of a fraudulent presidency.

Hal
2 months ago

I don’t believe throwing any DumbocRat under the bus will help the DumbocRats win the next election. I truly sense that a lot of sleeper voters finally got the picture of what the DumbocRats have to offer the Nation and are very displeased. If Joe Biden is the best leadership this country can elect … the Nation may as well break up in to states again …. they will fare better, but that would not be the wisest solution and it will NOT happen.

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

If they really cared whether or not they’d win the midterms let alone cared about the welfare of the American people all they’d have to do is think about what they are doing… and do the OPPOSITE of that! EZ

Sean Richman
2 months ago

The problems in our caused by obama,biden,soros and the rest of the liberal,leftist,socialist democRATS.Their blame game totally”SUCKS”.

Larry Pierson
2 months ago

The blame game has begun in ernest as everyone is trying to duck responsibility for sky high inflation, food, fuel, and other shortages issues (especially baby formula), an incoherent foreign policy, and the problems caused by an open border.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry Pierson

Don’t forget the shameful mismanagement of the Nation’s military (ala
Afghanistan).

BAE
2 months ago

Nothing can change the way we think about Joe Biden. He is a woke joke to the American taxpayers. He cares about the elites and looks down on the workers. He is a self-serving fool and our president!

Cookiepress
2 months ago
Reply to  BAE

He is a puppet and doesn’t know his a$$ from his elbow.

Andrew P
2 months ago

Throwing Klain under the bus won’t help Biden at all. If anything, it will make things worse.That doesn’t mean they won’t do it though, because it is a ship of fools led by idiots. Once Biden finally dies of a new COVID strain or has a stroke, we will find out how incompetent Kamala Harris is. I’m sure she will not be an improvement over Dementia Joe. The question is how much worse will she be?

Orville Figgs
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew P

Much worse.

Tom
2 months ago

Don’t be silly. Biden doesn’t make ANY decisions. Biden will be tossed under the bus or be infected with the virus to end his Presidency and so that they can call him a hero.

Patty
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

‘They’ can call him whatever they wish to.
But we all know his ‘moral worth’ is NOT even that of “worm dung”! The man has been a life-long liar & criminal.

Andrew P
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

KH will probably arrange for him to get the virus once a virulent strain emerges. Current strains are too mild to bother.

Daniel Dobos
2 months ago

Others have posted that klaim makes bidumb seem smart

Becky
2 months ago

It is hilarious to watch this party of hardcore Communists try to get out from under what THEY have caused. It doesn’t matter what these destructive America-haters try to do to offput the blame.
There is only one thing that will console a good portion of the electorate at this point: to see every single one of these Treasonous and Seditious vermin hanging from scaffolds.

Joseph
2 months ago
Reply to  Becky

AMEN!

James J
2 months ago

biden and his whole administration should all be led out to the rose garden and hung for treason.. we are being Invaded by Foreign Enemies armed with fentanyl that the Communist Chinks are giving to the Mexican Cartels to Murder Americans. While they are being Bused, Flown, Trained, all over the United States.. Traitor Biden and his Staff of Fools are to Protect the United States and American Citizens. NOT Open Borders.. FJB.. Remove EVERY democrat .. plus Tiny Tim toni fauci

Xtech
2 months ago
Reply to  James J

It’s so disappointing that there are not mass demonstrations of the “Biden” (actually BHO) policies. We can stop this, but it will take millions rising with a unified message!

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago
Reply to  Xtech

That’s true. But do you want to spend 18 months in solitary before your “charges” are even heard?

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Not one of the rioters of January 6th are charged with sedition and yet its called an “insurrection”? And with no guns too…

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago
Reply to  Xtech

What we call protests they would call “insurrection”. Think a Republican could get away with protesting in front of Sotomeyer or Kagans house?

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago
Reply to  James J

Who’s going to file charges and then arrest them? Not the same FBI and DOJ that manufactured a “legal coup” under the Russia, Russia, Russia! Lie.

June Vendetti
2 months ago

This whole Admin is a joke. They need to do a 360⁰ turn in order to redeem themselves; but I’m not counting on that to happen, unfortunately.

Orville Figgs
2 months ago
Reply to  June Vendetti

360° brings you right back to where you started. Try 180°.

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