1. Keep the economy humming along.

2. Keep saying "Biden Boom" over and over and over and over again. Give legislators $50 every time they say it in posts on social media and $100 if it's quoted in the newspaper. Biden Boom Biden Boom Biden Boom
If someone asks you why gas is so expensive just be like "there's so much economic activity in the Biden Boom that our producers are having trouble keeping up, so we're doing x y and z" etc etc
It's like a bad joke about how bad the Democrats are at messaging. They can't even get an economic boom right
Ya to be clear the focus group is garbage but polled attitudes about the economy are real

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