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Ex-Obama adviser delivers eye-opening warning to Democrats

All over National Review today, we’ve got looks at the Biden presidency after 100 days: Rich on how Biden created his own crisis at the border, Charlie on how Biden has abandoned his promises of unity and bipartisanship at the first opportunity, Alexandra on Biden’s expansion of abortion on demand, Robert VerBruggen on Biden’s proposed $6 trillion in new spending, Jimmy Quinn on Biden’s outreach to China, David Harsanyi on the media’s new attitude about “resisting” those in government authority, and I wrote a long, long analysis of the Biden administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As I apparently say far too frequently on the Three Martini Lunch podcast, “There’s a lot to unpack here.”

Meanwhile, on the menu today: Former Obama adviser Steven Rattner offers an eye-opening warning for Democrats; the fully vaccinated President Biden says he’s going to keep wearing his mask, even when he’s around other fully vaccinated people; and for once, I’m happy with the Jets’ moves in the NFL Draft.

‘If It Fails . . . It Will Set Back the Cause of Progressivism for Several More Decades’

Maybe the most interesting comment of the past 24 hours — or maybe the week, or the month — comes from former Obama economic adviser Steven Rattner on Morning Joe yesterday, telling Democrats something they don’t want to hear and pouring some cold water on progressive dreams of the federal government’s being bigger and better than ever:

“Sure, I worry about inflation,” Rattner said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “Sure, I worry about the deficit and the debt. But I also worry about the execution job here. This is a massive execution job. The last plan, the jobs plan alone, had 76 separate initiatives in it. All have to be created and executed. . . . The potential for mistakes, failure of execution here is high.

“And if it fails . . . I think it will set back the cause of progressivism for several more decades,” he added. “Getting it executed, I think, in some ways, is going to be the president’s biggest challenge. He’s got to deliver, not just passage, but actual real results for Americans, and programs that people perceive are working or else we go back to government being the enemy again.”

Democrats should be worried, because history tells us that Biden is not, in fact, a particularly sharp-eyed and unflinching watchguard against waste.

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