The president faces a series of domestic and global crises that he has no power to fix quickly, a set of political crises that have arisen and intensified because of his own choices and the deep sense of the White House under siege. Is.
Even the White House admits that things are not going very well.
“It’s a really tough time in our country. We’re still battling COVID, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged Friday.
Biden’s hands seem to be tied on at least one domestic issue. For example, no amount of cajoling or hectoring, argued by Biden, works with conservatives who have refused to get a vaccine or follow basic public health guidance. The president betrayed his desperation anyway last week, telling vaccine holdouts: “Our patience is running out. And your refusal has cost us all.”
How Biden is writing off his misfortune
But it is not for everyone. Biden and his Democratic Party also have to share a great deal of blame for their current plight.
Biden and the Democrats in Washington – following the success of the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill – have so far not been able to effectively seize power. The House Progressives did a power play, but have yet to show that they understand the government is about to compromise. Moderate Senate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema took a my-way-or-the-highway approach that left Biden’s agenda at a knife’s edge. The president may need to be far more proactive. His laid-back — what critics might call an absent leadership style — didn’t help him fill the bully pulpit in 2020. And questions about his toughness will always be sensitive, because at 78 years old, he is the oldest US president.
If the bills fail, Democrats may also regret their strategy. Since Biden was viewed by many 2020 voters as a moderate, was he wise that it was easy for the GOP to portray the multi-trillion-dollar spending spree as radical? And was asking such a gamble with a much smaller congressional majority always meant more than just Lyndon Johnson and Franklin Roosevelt?
Biden’s big bet lay in his need to show working-class Americans – including those swayed by Trump’s populist nationalism – that the government they believe has been overlooked can still help. Democrats, who are favorites to lose the House next year and have an unpredictable slate of Senate seats to defend, were always about to collapse if they had the chance, fearing that Washington could sever their lease on power. . But unless Biden unifies his party soon, he may have alienated the more liberal voters who elected him in 2020 for nothing. And the idea that voters will reward Democrats even if the bills are passed remains an unproven theory.
Trump made a picture of anarchy
The administration’s handling of immigration – one of the most toxic political issues – has also been haphazard.
The influx of undocumented migrants heading to America’s southern border almost every day provides an opportunity for Republicans. The GOP claims that millions make it foreign. But the White House often seems to ignore a dire situation. And Vice President Kamala Harris has apparently had little influence on the conditions in Central America that promote migration – in a mission assigned by Biden. Meanwhile, the deportation of hundreds of Haitian refugees stricken by violence several years ago broke divisions within the administration and caused anger within the Democratic Party. As the failure of a bipartisan police reform pushed into the memory of George Floyd.
It all plays into Trump’s hands. The former president may be a serious threat to American democracy, but he is unparalleled at turning horrific events into base-pleasing political messages.
“Violent criminals and bloodthirsty gangs are taking over our streets, illegal aliens and deadly drug cartels are occupying our borders, inflation is taking over our economy, China is taking over our jobs, the Taliban Afghanistan is occupied, crazy leftists are occupying our borders. Schools and radical socialists are taking over our country,” Trump said Saturday night at a rally in Iowa, which underscored his continued grip on the Republican Party. did.
Trump has no governing power, so it’s easy to carp. Biden, however, faces a situation that all presidents face. While in the campaign he was the foil to Trump’s failed presidency, his contempt for democratic values and the voluptuous nature that shook the world, Biden is now being judged on his terms. Therefore, external events he cannot control can be particularly damaging, and leaves little room for missteps on situations that should be within his control.
Still, the medium term is more than a year away, even if the prevailing public sentiment bakes into the months ahead of time. The presidents of both sides are often dismayed by media narratives of declining and their White House sieges, viewing Beltway journalists as score keepers who miss out on darker trends and the reality of life in the country. But news coverage helps shape impressions of the presidency—one reason politicians spend so much time shaping it—especially for voters who don’t spend all their time following events.
But if the president can bust his party and get the infrastructure and pass a small but still meaningful social spending program, he will create a legacy that was different from many predecessors. Most importantly, his political position depends on this pandemic to be finally eased. If vaccines and new treatments are introduced for children, reducing infections and perhaps even quelling COVID-fueled political fury, their fortunes could turn. A true pandemic end game would boost the economy and timely hiring for the mid-term – and a worldwide outbreak of the disease could settle macroeconomic kinks. If it does, the environment for a GOP mid-term sweep and Trump return may not seem prim enough.
“Our focus is on getting the pandemic under control, returning to life – a version of normal – so that people can go to work and leave their children and keep people safe,” Saki said.
“And that’s where we think we should be spending our time and energy.”
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