Biden’s Distribution Network Narrative Muddles Policy Response

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Critics say the White House’s distribution network narrative is exacerbating an already complex issue for President Biden.

Using a dubious technique to measure container ships sitting off the coast, waiting to port and unload goods, raised empathy and competency questions about Biden.


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Per Republican consultant Doug Heye, the White House is using the inflation playbook to undermine Biden and other Democrats.

Biden and senior White House officials like Ron Klain and Jen Psaki downplay inflation. They’ve said it “doesn’t exist,” “is temporary,” “is an elevated problem,” or “it’s Republicans’ responsibility.”

In October, when asked about supply chain issues with “washing machines, furnishings, and treadmills,” Psaki mentioned, “the drama of the delayed treadmill.”

Making Light of a Serious Issue

Voters are frustrated, Heye told the Washington Examiner.

As a result, the White House must communicate they understand, share, and are working to address these concerns. Making light of actual issues facing voters might make them appear distant and out of touch. 

According to Heye, Biden’s distribution network rhetoric will undoubtedly reinforce the public’s bad image of his empathy and competency. Fewer than a quarter of Morning Consult participants felt the president “truly cares about individuals like me.”

That’s down from 53% in April. Heye says Biden may easily admit supply chain difficulties without accepting responsibility. Every month, they see opposing economic data, he noted. It implies the issue isn’t going away soon.

Last week, Biden compared pandemic-induced network issues to things “selling out” or being “impossible to obtain,” due to seasonal demand.

Last month, Biden boasted a 40% reduction in cargo waiting at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports’ terminals for more than eight days. The number of cargo ships awaiting arrival at the port compound increased from 86 in November to 96 this month.

Exacerbating Current Problems

Republican analyst Susan Del Percio thinks Biden’s Cabbage Patch Kids distribution network narrative is bad. For example, with longer port hours, Del Percio said Biden was taking too long. She thinks they should give updates, instead of reliving the ’80s.


Del Percio stated COVID is still causing financial hardship. Gas prices are rising, due to global fuel shortages. The prices of goods are rising; that’s the battle they have to fight. It isn’t only a supply chain issue. That’s one issue, but there are more.

According to Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Economist Jason Fichtner, Biden has few alternatives for short-term supply network results. He claimed the economy is still recovering from the COVID-19 epidemic.

This shut down companies, caused layoffs, forced many employees to work from home, and disrupted manufacturing. According to Fichtner, firms are helping to ease supply chain constraints by increasing compensation and benefits for employees.

While the pandemic’s reaction necessitated enormous unemployment compensation, he argues it exacerbated the labor crisis and distribution network issues we have today.