… the man who just alienated so many that a state that Joe Biden won by ten points was overturned at the GOP? Punchbowl News reports this morning that the White House will seek space to hire Terry McAuliffe, ostensibly with the intention of probing the full depth of voter disgust:
The Biden administration is interested in finding a place somewhere for Terry McAuliffe according to multiple high-level sources familiar with White House thinking. All the toilet seats are full for now. And McAuliffe isn’t asking for a job; this appears to be the administration trying to find a place where McAuliffe can serve.
McAuliffe, a former governor who just lost his chance for a second term last week, has been in Democratic Party politics for dozens of years, so he has many friends in the Biden administration. This would be a good landing spot after losing the race to governor. Talks haven’t started yet, but the administration is eager to find him a job, multiple sources tell us.
So Biden is going to great lengths to hire the only Democrat who loses a Republican election for a statewide office in over a decade, huh? It’s a strange decision in itself, but it’s the way he lost it that should get the White House to enforce a ten-foot policy for The Macker, as Punchbowl calls it. McAuliffe has infuriated parents across the state – and even in Democratic bastions like Fairfax and Loudoun counties – with his insistence that parents should stay out of resume decisions for their children. If nothing else, the fact that McAuliffe has invited Randi Weingarten to give the final launch of the campaign should disqualify McAuliffe from any serious political position.
Instead, Biden wants to go out of his way to embrace that mocking incompetence. Couldn’t the White House pick a better way to explore how low Biden’s approval rating might be. Will McAuliffe take over political operations in the administration? Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy couldn’t be that lucky, could they?
One wonders if Biden’s Democratic colleagues in Congress will be equally thrilled to embrace McAuliffe during the semester. Read carefully what Rep Gerry Connolly said at Punchbowl last week, for example:
McAuliffe ran his campaign largely on Biden’s agenda. Allies of the former governor on Capitol Hill – namely Democratic Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Tim Kaine – said Congress’s reluctance to pass the infrastructure bill hurt McAuliffe. The House approved the bill shortly after McAuliffe’s defeat. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Representing vote-rich, Democratic Northern Virginia, told us in an interview last week that “Democrats should go to DEFCON-2 right now after the results in Virginia. and New Jersey, but I’ll focus on the one I know, Virginia. You have some explanations for doing that a year after Biden took the state, how a 10-point margin evaporated. 12-point swing in 12 months. You have to explain that. “
“You” in this case probably refers first to the progressives who torpedoed the bipartisan infrastructure bill. But what it should refer to McAuliffe and his shocking incompetence in losing an election he could have won. And perhaps it also applied to Biden, whose ridiculous aspirations to become the next LBJ FDR in power in an equally divided Congress set the stage for failure in Washington. Finally, Connolly and his colleagues should start explaining how they plan to win their own election with the mocking McAuliffe joining the White House … and with no parents in their polling blocks. Good luck with that.