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Biden has major economic decision to make and he can’t seem to pull the trigger

Going slow can be the Biden way.

In the Senate and as Vice President, he would hold lengthy deliberations with assistants before making a decision. He hesitated for months to run for president in 2016 before finally deciding not to. Before kicking off his 2020 campaign, he hemmed and hauled again before announcing his candidacy, which meant some possible staff had already taken jobs with rivals.

But even some political opponents see wisdom in a process which, while lengthy, allows both sides to have time to honestly measure each other.

“Biden’s main virtue as a negotiator is to understand that ‘Look, you’ve got politics on your side, I’ve got politics on my side, we both have to live within our political constraints,’ he said. said Rohit Kumar, former deputy chief of staff to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who was in the room when Biden, as vice president, held lengthy negotiations with GOP leaders.

Biden’s pitch, Kumar added, is often straightforward: “I know there are some things you can’t do and I’m not going to break them up. We have to make a deal that I can sell, a deal that you can sell. “

As president, Biden is known to dot his advisers with questions, demanding additional appeals with political experts and academics. He seeks thoroughness but hates jargon, expressing his anger at assistants who do not provide information in a way that voters can easily translate. His “Socratic journey,” as some assistants call it, can wreak havoc on the West Wing’s calendar, with decisions stretching weeks beyond their due date.

Meetings with health experts around vaccine distributions and warrants went on for hours after they were awarded. Preparations for his June summit with Russian Vladimir Putin took place in several sessions in the situation room. As he pushed his legislative agenda into two parts in Congress, he showed too much deference to lawmakers on the Hill, allowing them to lead the negotiations. Biden even made two trips to the United States Capitol without asking the Democratic caucus to vote on his infrastructure proposal.

Some members of his own party – including Michigan Reps Debbie Dingell and Elissa Slotkin – have both taken to television to directly call on Biden to play a more assertive role in securing a deal. But the White House and other Biden allies have continued to tout the mantra that the end result, no matter how complex the process, is all that matters. And that it will be the same once the decision of the president of the Fed is taken.

“It’s not indecision. It’s deliberate, “said Adrienne Elrod, senior assistant to Biden’s transition team and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign assistant.” He took the time to get the best result. He didn’t. rushed the process, he took the time to have conversations with key lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.


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