The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the White House and related interest groups are increasingly dissatisfied with creating a national network of support President BidenJoe BidenWhite House lights up in red, white and blue to cheer on Team USA for the Olympics. Kansas Gov. rejects proposed Overnight Energy & Environment card reallocation – Biden’s Fed pick pulls GOP heat on climate MORE‘s agenda and improve its image, leaving some in the party confused about the overall plan for 2022.
That’s according to multiple sources with knowledge of the party committee, which is confused and angered that the strategic vision seems to be slipping amid reports of personality disputes, administrative abuse, communications glitches and wasted resources.
“While the White House still hasn’t figured out how to set up its external infrastructure, they are quick to try to blame the position on people outside the White House,” said a connected DNC source speaking on the condition of anonymity to openly discuss internal committee operations.
“It’s really disappointing because we’re 10 months from the election,” the source said. “We have time.”
A number of damaging stories have surfaced in recent weeks that placed key figures in the DNC – including the chairman James HarrisonJaime HarrisonMcConnell says he made ‘accidental omissions’ in voting comments as DNC ripped over Biden news as mid-election loomed Psaki: Why is the GOP afraid of presidential debates? MORE — and White House officials at odds, leading Harrison to go on the defensive about his role at the helm of the committee Biden entrusted to him to lead his Democrat-controlled first term.
The hill recently reported that some Democrats close to the party committee could not agree on a unified approach to communicating the more disappointing points in Biden’s administration, including the fact that his two top legislative priorities were effectively snuffed out by Congress.
Then a report from NBC News cited “more than two dozen sources” expressing a broader, more tedious dynamic within the committee that reportedly even led Harrison to consider leaving the post.
Harrison minimized these characterizations of “unnamed” figures in a lengthy Twitter thread, saying in a statement that the DNC and the White House “are a closed team.”
“The DNC, along with our partners in the White House, is a cohesive team that is firing on all cylinders to put Democrats in the best possible position to win,” Harrison said in a statement to The Hill. “Anything that suggests otherwise is simply wrong. Every day I am proud to be part of this team and the important work we do.”
His Twitter thread garnered support from party officials and agents who rushed to his side. They see the South Carolina native being unfairly blamed, leading some to speculate if the bad press is coming from disgruntled aides within the administration.
“The White House needs to let Jaime be Jaime,” said Adam Parkhomenko, a longtime Democratic strategist and former DNC adviser. “He understands exactly what the DNC needs to do to be successful in supporting President Biden’s agenda, organizing, raising funds and supporting the 57 states parties.”
“Dictating his day-to-day is a disservice to the work he has promised and what we must do to win this year,” Parkhomenko said.
According to these party figures and officials, the fact that some key Biden allies like Jen O’Malley Dillion, the president’s deputy chief of staff, make most decisions from the west wing is even more crippling than some unflattering reporting. while Executive Director Sam Cornale and Mary Beth Cahill, a senior DNC adviser, are on the committee’s side of responsibility.
That pipeline has created confusion over who is strategically responsible for defending November’s Democratic majorities, some say.
A source familiar with the matter denied any apparent tension, saying Harrison and O’Malley Dillion have “a solid working relationship and are frequently in close touch.”
Asked for comment, a Biden aide told The Hill, “President Biden and the Democrats agree — we are focused on cutting costs to the American people while we speak to the American people about our accomplishments — we.” created more jobs than in any previous year in the country’s history and passed a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
“Meanwhile,” the adviser added, “Congress Republicans are standing in the way and have no plan to fight back the pandemic or create jobs.”
Other Democrats, fretful about how things are shaping up in the early Biden years, say that while things have been awkward, it’s not uncommon for some bumps to appear along the way while the party is in power .
In the early days of the Obama years, there was open debate between the DNC and the White House about how they could function effectively with a blue wave in their favor after years of Republican control, with some internally at the time having doubts about how the newly sworn in in the President’s political lieutenants handled the committee.
“That’s what happens when the Democrats control the White House,” said a DNC delegate, who also asked to speak anonymously. “That’s not right. I don’t agree with that at all.”
Multiple sources privately acknowledged that for all the public cheerleading to win the ticket up and down, the leadership of the White House and Congress sometimes creates more problems for the DNC than they would otherwise have to deal with. When Democrats aren’t in control, they essentially serve as attack dogs against the Republican Party, a position that allows them to dish out opposition research and negative ads that flood voters’ inboxes.
Instead, they are now tasked with bolstering an administration that has natural ups and downs. And Biden had many. In just over a year in office, his approval rating has fallen in several battleground states including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, a metric top DNC officials are watching closely as Election Day nears.
“The White House is focusing the DNC’s efforts on winning and then keeping the White House. The DNC should have much broader and deeper goals,” said the delegate.
During the Trump era, then DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice-presidents select Government social programmes: triumph of hope over evidence of Labor Party’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement’ at Workers’ Comp MOREObama’s former Labor secretary and committee head of elections, is said to have been given significant leeway to shape the opposition body to address all of the former president’s biggest issues in office.
The party was heavily focused on exposing suspected corruption, spotlighting controversial domestic policies, and promoting what it saw as a rapid chipping away of democratic norms by former ones President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican Bernie Moreno Suspends Senate Campaign RNC Committee Advances Resolution Criticizing Cheney and Kinzinger New revelations increase pressure on Barr to testify Jan. 6 MORE and his companions.
In the Biden era, there is no accountable GOP leader who could be termed a blocker of the Democratic agenda, creating a fundamental contrast to the Trump years of recent years.
“Jaime thought his presidency would be like Tom’s,” said the DNC delegate. “If Jaime had the freedom that Tom had, he would be a much more positive chair than Tom. But that is not the reality now.”
However, despite the apparent high level of dissatisfaction, the committee has touted some achievements which it believes are impressive signs of success, especially as COVID-19 has continued to upend the day-to-day operations of organizers and workers.
They reported the highest total of donations during a non-presidential cycle – a key metric for any party machine – and announced raked in $150 million, just short of their GOP counterpart. States parties said they had collectively raised $23 million in 2021.
Additionally, the DNC announced Thursday that Biden and the committee will work together to make the “largest” midterm election cash transfer to vote after the election, a whopping $7.5 million to the Democratic campaign committee and the Democratic campaign committee democrats .
“Jaime Harrison has been a critical partner in this effort, helping to share our message with the American people while working to put Democrats in the best position to win in 2022 and 2024,” he said Biden Advisor.
“We still have a lot of important work to do, so we want Jaime to be out there more, not less – more television, more campaign events, more fundraisers. He’s an asset and we’ll need him out there for the work that lies ahead.”
Updated at 8:17 am