After the High Court ended abortion protections, he verbally denounced what he called “the Supreme Court’s outrageous behavior” and the “realization of extreme ideology and tragic error of the Supreme Court”. After 19 elementary school children were shot dead at a school in Uvalde, Texas, the president was candid about AR-15s and similar combat rifles: Kevlar, for God’s sake. It’s just sick.
But his words just don’t seem to resonate, and he doesn’t go there often. Instead, Biden usually gives a slightly edited version of the same mainstream politician’s speech about his administration’s political achievements. He whispers at the pulpit and wanders off into asides, including tales he often doesn’t finish.
So if Biden and other Democrats see the country in such a dire state, why aren’t they more often using rhetoric that matches those assessments? Instead, they most often speak in dark, down-to-earth tones. An example of outstanding combat stands out among them.
Even without repeating his filibuster calls for certain laws that cannot be passed by the equally divided Senate, Democrats in both houses could look to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York for inspiration.
“Democrats could use the AOC’s strength more, but it’s unrealistic about the prospects for Senate action. When she talks about Democrats, she points the finger at the president,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist. “The President was an effective Senate insider, and it paid off during his presidency. He had less success using the presidency as a bully pulpit.