But Joe is Doing So Good???
Reading Heather Cox Richardson's Letters from an American writing yesterday about Joe Biden's first year in office, I'd like to focus upon Why Joe Biden could be a Total Failure in 2022 and 2024.
How has Joe Biden been successful in his first year?
1. confronted the Covid-19 crisis head-on, unlike DT,
2. turned the economy around - significantly - including getting several significant stimulus/appropriation bills passed by Congress unlike DT
3. stood up against denying that his election was "legitimate" - in contrast to DT
4. gotten U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, fulfilling the commitments of DT, ending the futile two decade war effort
5. been "decent" in his words and attitude - significantly differently from DT
How have the Republican's responded?
They have successfully:
1. fought Biden's efforts on Covid-19 - opposing mask mandates, significantly casting doubts about the efficacy of vaccinations - while DT and some others - selectively are supporting vaccinations
2. united against the continuation of the childcare tax credit and the potentially largest economic package to help the American people
3. created a wedge issue of inflation, which is controllable, and a logical short-term result of the economic success,
4. continued to deny the legitimacy of the 2020 election - despite no - substantive evidence of voter fraud
5. gotten - much state government passed legislation which will help Republicans (likely) win congressional control in 2022 (and beyond), through supporting the suppression of the votes of core Democratic Party constituencies,
6. changed the public perception of the troop withdrawal - emphasizing the rapid takeover by the Taliban - so it appears like a significant failure of Joe Biden,
7. made Joe Biden appear weak and unsuccessful so that his approval ratings have dropped significantly,
8. helped make the popular media imply that the Democrats will lose control of one or both houses of Congress in 2022 (which if successful in the House will end its investigation of January 6 and DT),
9. created a perception of reality that (likely will) result in making the passing of significant legislation in 2022, 2023, and 2024 impossible. This could easily lead to the Republicans potentially winning the presidency in 2024 - (including, if not jailed or dead, the chance for DT to have a second term starting in 2025).
Other Relevant Things:
Joe Biden has:
1. publicly promised that the Democrats will pass another larger stimulus package. This effort has failed to date,
2. clashed most clearly with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin,
3. spoken of how he would create bipartisan solutions to problems, while Republicans repeatedly unite in opposition to his legislative agenda on multiple issues,
4. opposed anti-abortion laws in multiple states, while conservative Supreme Court justices have implied that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned in 2022. This has united core Republican constituencies. It has not brought any significant surge in Democratic Party support, despite the fact that significant majorities of the American public support Roe vs. Wade,
Public perceptions are commonly that:
1. Democrats are weak on the economy,
2. Biden is a weak, ineffectual leader,
3. Democrats - including Biden are elitest, supporting big city liberals, and not most others,
4. Democrats - including Biden - support national control of public education which pushes CRT (Critical Race Theory). CRT is a nuanced conceptual view that racism is a systemic problem that should be dealt with in public schools. CRT is used in some college level education, and is hardly focused upon in public schools,
5. Democrats want to increase taxation for working (middle and lower income) people, while Republicans repeatedly cut taxation rates, most significantly helping wealthy people,
6. Buzz-words like: "big government", "socialist", "Black Lives Matter", "Defund the Police" , and "woke" reflect a radical left Democratic Party.
The 2021-2022 economic recovery has not helped many people who are not upper-middle class to wealthy! It has disproportionality helped wealthy people and hurt poorer people.
So What Should be Next in 2022?
Biden Approval Rating as of mid-January, 2022: