Veteran journalist Al Hunt feels President Joe Biden’s time in the White House has been plagued by “stupid miscues” and “fumbled” opportunities as prominent Democrats now have a sense of unease regarding whether the president is competent enough to do the job. 

The Hill columnist and former Bloomberg News editor, Biden argued that a Quinnipiac poll shows Biden’s competency ratings are low after being billed as an alternative. 

In background conversations with few Democrats strategists donors officeholders, and others, there is also a sense of unease. These are not the passions, they fear. They also worry that this White House isn’t up to the challenge.” Hunt said in the column headlined “Biden administration competence doubts increase.”

Hill stated that the most pressing concern for Democrats, but not the sole, is the multitrillion dollar social spending bill. “For Biden, and most congressional Democrats, this is do-or-die, certainly for next year’s elections — and probably for 2024 too.”

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Hunt feels Biden’s White House has “fumbled both the outside and inside role” after publicly allowing the “agenda to be dominated by the initial size of the package — $3.5 trillion” and privately by a “problematic” effort to get the House Democratic Caucus on board. 

However, the politically important multitrillion-dollar social spending measure isn’t the only thing Biden has botched, according to Hunt. 

“The competence issue really flared with Afghanistan, not the U.S. withdrawal — the only sensible course — but the failure to anticipate the speed with which the American-backed government and military collapsed,” Hunt wrote. 

“The president compounded his problems by declaring his military advisers never counseled him to retain a small force; in subsequent congressional testimony, the generals contradicted him,” Hunt continued. This allowed right-wingers and others to make accusations of the president for dishonesty. Biden suffered a personal wound.

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The veteran journalist feels the White House has also been slow to make crucial appointments, failed to appoint an envoy to Afghanistan, took too long to nominate an ambassador to China and appears to focus on diversity instead of quality when it comes to appointees. 

Hunt observed that Democrats are not the only ones who have thought about “Where’s Waldo?” [Vice President]Kamala Harris?” Biden made Kamala Harris fail by setting her up with impossible or unattainable tasks. 

“This is especially worrisome as Democrats look ahead, concerned that an 81-year-old incumbent won’t run for reelection and Harris isn’t starting to burnish the credentials to step up,” Hunt wrote. 

Biden’s administration was also criticized by McMaster for making “stupid mistakes on small matters”, such as the dumping of H.R. McMaster, who was qualified but because he had been appointed by Trump, was expelled from the U.S. Military Academy’s board. 

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Hunt said a possible “light at the end of the dark tunnel” amid Democrats’ “pervasive gloom” would be if Congress passes domestic initiatives, manage to counter “Republican voter suppression efforts” and Biden can also combat COVID-19 and fix the economy.