One of President Joe Biden’s closest allies and advisors has had enough. Communications Director Kate Bedingfield informed the White House Wednesday that she will depart shortly amid loud clamoring from frustrated Democrats over communication issues.
Approval ratings are in the tank, inflation continues to roar, and domestic troubles pile one on top of another for the faltering Biden administration.
Is it any wonder that the person in charge of constructing a coherent message from this mess decides to bail?
When the left-wing media gives a Democratic president critical coverage, that’s a great sign that things are amiss. This is a president who sent aides scrambling to walk back on critically important misstatements about the military commitment to defend Taiwan and regime change in Russia.
The White House said Bedingfield is stepping away to spend more time with her family. One source was cited saying she is burned out and the administration needs a different direction. She is set to depart at the end of July.
White House chief of staff Ron Klain said in a statement that Bedingfield’s role in the president’s accomplishments has been critical. He declared that Biden might not have been in the White House and major legislative victories would have failed without her assistance.
There’s been no clarification on exactly which victories Klain referred to.
Many voices within the Democratic Party have criticized the messaging coming from the White House over several issues. Multiple Supreme Court decisions, particularly the overturning of Roe v. Wade, resulted in administration responses that supporters felt were delayed or tepid.
The most public face of Biden’s policies changed in May when White House press secretary Jen Psaki left and was replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre. Her tenure may be politely described as off to an interesting start.
Several names are believed to be in the mix to replace Bedingfield, including Liz Allen from the State Department and first lady Jill Biden’s communications director Elizabeth Alexander. A close Biden advisor who recently returned to the fold, Anita Dunn, may also step in.
Whoever takes the reins faces an uphill climb from day one, and the reason is simple. What Democrats believe is a messaging issue is anything but. Biden’s messages are clear, but the American people are not buying them.