Biden and the political fallout from Afghanistan

On Biden’s reaction to Afghanistan criticism

“I assume the response from Biden is providing us a glimpse into one particular of the attributes that has not genuinely been on screen a complete ton this yr. … The trait of just his assurance and stubbornness, and what he’s tried out to get throughout in the speeches and press conferences that he is done on this problem is he has definitely no regrets.

“This was 100 p.c, in his watch, the appropriate final decision. And it was unavoidable that there would be some messiness at the close, and it was all to be expected and nobody need to second-guess him or his administration. I experience like he has been, you know, intense in portraying the reality that he’s appropriate and all the critics are completely wrong.” — Ryan Lizza

“It’s virtually Trumpian, how [Biden] has form of handled this 7 days. I suggest, this is all the factors why Trump’s foundation liked him so much. No apologies, no regrets. And Biden was pretty significantly taking that identical tone this week.” — Rachael Bade

“He totally pivoted to an concern that a ton of People agree with, which is just, you know, the idea of leaving Afghanistan and bringing our troops house. But in a lot of approaches, it can be a wrong choice. It’s not actually, you know, an indefinite existence vs . a messy pull-out, and those are the only two solutions. You could have pulled out with far more organizing.” — Rachael Bade

On how Afghanistan will shape Biden’s legacy

“A great deal of Republican lawmakers appear to be to imagine that they can hold up these promises that the United States produced to Afghan civilians who have served us — interpreters, translators, people who have assisted U.S. troops and who are now still left powering and who are far more than very likely heading to obtain them selves in tough positions, if not deadly positions, with the Taliban takeover.

“But you can find this — you have this calculation that, you know, which is not likely to resonate with the general public, at the very least not lengthy-term. … Overseas coverage challenges [are] a ton of instances out of sight, out of head for Americans.” — Rachael Bade

“Especially as people who cover factors with our nose pressed up towards the glass, you see matters all the time in politics that blow up and burn off definitely, genuinely brightly and then, you know, fade just as rapidly. And it really is usually hard in the middle of all those episodes to know whether or not this is something that is going to resonate extra than a calendar year from now in a midterm, or a number of several years from now in a presidential election.” — Ryan Lizza

On how anti-immigrant rhetoric is clouding the GOP’s Afghanistan messaging

“Partywide, [Republicans] concur that they can try out to use this to damage Biden. … But then there is this other faction, this Trump wing of the get together, that definitely desires to take more than this messaging and sort of make it a foundation enchantment and type of feeding into this immigration tradition war. And ideal now, they’re form of arguing that this overall fiasco was intentional on Biden’s aspect and element of this kind of lengthy-expression bid by Democrats to deliver refugees to the United States to modify the physique politic.

“.. And it’s contradicting what a ton of Republicans, this sort of additional salient stage, I would argue, that people today are building this stage based mostly on info, which is that, you know, you happen to be leaving allies behind — but type of putting this conspiratorial spin on it which is seriously undermining that speaking point.” — Rachael Bade