Benjy Sarlin, a “policy editor” at NBC News with a strong Twitter following (121,000), drew attention from the Republican tweeters on Friday for daring to say that Biden’s polling numbers are really bad at the moment:
In general, I don’t think people are quite absorbing how bad Biden’s numbers are at the moment. State polls keep looking even worse than national. Most presidents struggle in their first 2 years, lots of ways he can claw back, but it’s just objectively reaaaaaal bad now.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) October 29, 2021
He didn’t suggest he’s stuck in low polling numbers forever: “As of July, there were lots of happy headlines about bipartisan infrastructure, economy, and especially COVID decline. Since then, it’s sausage making, Delta and inflation fears, Afghanistan and border. It’s not really a deep mystery why Biden’s in trouble or how it could change.”
Obviously, the folks at NBC from Chuck Todd on down would like to help Biden “build back better” on his approval rating.