The administration should staff up as rapidly as possible with ambitious young progressives and tell every single civil servant that the next two years are going to be a full sprint. Start immediately rewriting and reimplementing the environmental, public health, and worker safety regulations Trump has weakened. Reverse his immigration policies. Drop his lawsuits.Damn. What Roberts says makes all the sense in the world - both politically and realistically - as a matter of actually getting things done and turned around from the disastrous error of Trump. Unless a Georgia miracle happens on January 5th, Joe Biden does indeed need to do as much as he can possibly do to make things better for all Americans through his executive powers and flood the zone with (at least from our side) positive orders and actions that non-1%ers desperately need. Blitz like a mofo and keep on blitzing every day so just like Trump, the right won't be able to focus on any one thing for very long before they move on to the next egregious thing that Biden might do to help Americans - even those in rural, red states.
All of these moves will elicit howls of outrage and court challenges from the right. Many will also infuriate the left, since they will inevitably fall short of Biden's grand campaign promises.
Biden can't control any of that. Doing less, negotiating more, relying on clever sequencing, chasing after receding promises of cooperation - none of that will solve anything, any more than it did for Obama. He can reach across the aisle, make it clear his door is open, but he shouldn't wait around for anyone to walk in.
Biden's best chance is to try to overwhelm the system the way Trump did, by doing so much that it's impossible to make any one thing into a lasting story. He should launch so many simultaneous reforms that there's no time for right-wing media to make up lies about all of them or for the Supreme Court to hear them all. He should ignore bad-faith attacks and stay relentlessly on message about what's gotten done and what's getting done next. He should, at every juncture, get caught trying to make government work better for ordinary people.
To succeed, all this must happen alongside Democratic Party efforts to improve messaging and media, get persistent party infrastructure on the ground in communities the party has neglected, and innovate on voter outreach and persuasion.
But Biden has something the rest of the party at the federal level does not have: the power to improve Americans' lives in a visible way. The best thing Biden can do, morally and politically, is act, as much and as fast as possible, and then talk about it, and do more of it, and talk about it more. (And he should be clear about exactly who stands in the way of bigger, better changes, and why his name is Mitch McConnell.)
The rest of it, he should ignore: the Washington chatter about the latest Republican accusations or catty infighting among Democratic factions, the cable news story or Twitter drama of the day, the latest offensive thing Trump or some Trump surrogate said, all of it. Bulldoze through it.