Biden’s epic failures

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In the two months since the $1 trillion infrastructure bill was signed into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombarded the things that matter most.

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big picture: Biden, who next Thursday marks a year in office, has never been less popular After personally lobbying his party and the public on Build Back Better and Voting Rights – and after failing.

Why this matters: Biden is on the Nerdshala of Lost two big fights Their Choose – with his party controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • it’s rare for a president Being at odds with Republicans, moderate Democrats and liberal Democrats – all at once. But this is where Biden finds himself at the start of an election year that many Democrats believe will result in the loss of the House and perhaps the Senate.

Latest: yesterday was third In three-and-a-half months, Biden took a personal trip up the hill — and third He left after failing to persuade his party to support his plans.

  • Biden can’t be blamed 50-50 for being an incumbent Democratic centrist in the Senate and Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.). But he knew the hard numbers game very well when it came to these fights.

Biden aide explains He passed bigger legislation than any president in history, with a signing ceremony for the infrastructure only two months earlier.

  • As soon as America reopens, the US broke the record for the number of jobs created in one year and the reduction in the unemployment rate.
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Biden Source Sketch this plan for the coming weeks:

  • White House officials Progress is expected soon on a new version of Build Back Better, based on public statements from Sen. Joe Manchin.
  • Biden will soon send Hill A COVID supplement budget request to purchase more boosters, antiviral pills, masks and tests.
  • Third, associates say Biden will continue to push for voting-rights legislation. Even as he acknowledged potential defeat for now, Biden said on The Hill yesterday: “Like every other major civil rights bill … we can come back and try it a second time. “
President Biden speaks to reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats yesterday at the Russell Senate Office Building. Photo: Rod Lamkey / CNP via Reuters

What is happening:

  • growing anger Among black activists: members of some civil rights groups refused to appear With Biden for his voting speech in Atlanta. New York Times columnist Charles Blow piled on: “Biden is, until this week, slacking off on getting rid of filibuster to essentially protect voting rights for his entire administration.”
  • Sen. Dick Durbin 2 Democrat in the Senate of Illinois distanced himself from some of Biden’s rhetoric in Atlanta, where he Applicable Union and Bull Connor. “Maybe the president went a little too far,” Durbin said CNN.
  • majority of Election Keep Biden with about 42-43% approval, with more than 50% disapproval. in a quinnipiac vote This week, Biden was approved by 33%. The White House calls it the “outsider.”
  • Supreme Court tomorrow Blocked Biden’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for big employers.
  • Afghanistan The pullout played out as poorly as it could have been.
  • russia is messing up With him: Biden’s warnings didn’t stop Vladimir Putin from moving toward an invasion of Ukraine.
  • Inflation on the rise: This is the worst situation in 39 years.
  • empty grocery shelves Get network-news coverage. It’s part weather, part COVID, part supply chain – but makes for an easy visual shorthand for National pessimism,

Bottom-line: Build Back Better was considered Biden’s FDR moment. The right to vote could have been his LBJ moment. Instead, he is neither likely to finish Year 1.


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