Things aren’t looking so good for the Democratic Party. As time goes on, it becomes more apparent that its chances of retaining control of both chambers of Congress in 2022 are slimming down. Moreover, President Joe Biden’s failure to score any significant victories could be seen as an omen predicting the Democrats’ downfall in the 2024 presidential contest.
Democratic voters are losing confidence in their party’s ability to pass any meaningful legislation despite controlling the White House and legislature. Politico noted:
“The number of Democrats who say things broadly are heading in the wrong direction is ticking up. The percentage of Americans who believe the country is off on the wrong track hit 57 percent in a Monmouth University poll last week, and that includes nearly a third of Democrats. An Economist/YouGov poll found one-fifth of voters who cast their ballots for Biden last year now think the country is heading in the wrong direction.”
The report noted that Democrat voters still approve of Biden but are not so keen on Congress. A recent Gallup poll showed that the legislature’s approval rating was at a dismal 26%. “That swing was driven largely by Democrats, whose support for Congress plummeted 16 percentage points from last month, to 38 percent,” according to Politico.
Why the Decline?
Several factors could explain the decline in approval for Democrats. The far-left socialist wing of the party has been hammering Biden and moderate lawmakers for negotiating with Republicans on infrastructure and not taking aggressive action towards election reform.
The administration is also receiving criticism from the far-left due to its handling of the border crisis. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently lashed out at Vice President Kamala Harris for her comments in Guatemala when she told migrants, “Do not come.” Ocasio-Cortez referred to Harris’ advice as “disappointing.”
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), another leftist lawmaker, recently slammed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for refusing to support the abolition of the filibuster and the Democrats’ proposed federalization of elections. Bowman called Manchin the “new Mitch McConnell.”
Still, it seems the main point of contention is the Democrats’ failure to push their agenda through. Yvette Simpson, chief executive of Democracy for America, a far-left political action committee, told Politico that “a lot of people are jaded” and want to see Washington “actually start to move some stuff.”
So far, the only accomplishment about which the Democrats can boast is the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. However, it does not appear that the left can bank on that particular piece of legislation alone. “We’re flatlined,” Simpson said. “There’s not real significant change that we can see for anything else on the horizon.”
She added: “I think it hurts the energy. I think it hurts the momentum.”
Of course, it is also impossible to ignore Biden’s incompetence as a factor unless you’re a member of the activist media. A couple of weeks ago, it became apparent that the president would not meet his goal of having 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by the Fourth of July. The administration recently acknowledged that it would fall short of its objective.
The administration has also faced criticism by people on both sides of the aisle over the migrant crisis at the southern border, which has been an ongoing issue. Republican leaders are savaging Biden’s handling of the matter, blaming him for causing the problem in the first place. They have also pointed to the vice president’s inability to deal with the issue despite being appointed “border czar.”
Some Democrats have slammed the Biden administration for resurrecting former President Donald Trump’s “kids in cages” program after having criticized it in the past. Others have taken issue with the lack of transparency and the White House’s refusal to allow reporters to view some of the detention centers in which migrants are being held.
Where Is This Headed?
There is a laundry list of other elements contributing to the lack of faith in the Democrats, and this reality does not indicate anything positive for the party going forward. While many voters supported Biden because they believe in him, a significant number voted for him because he had the good fortune of not being Trump. However, this factor is no longer present, and if Trump doesn’t run in 2024, they will no longer be able to bank on the “I’m Not Trump” approach.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the Democrats can turn this trend around. With an inept president in the Oval Office and Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) refusing to toe the line, the party has little to no hope of ramming through its radical agenda. As it stands currently, the next two elections look promising for the Republican Party, assuming that it doesn’t manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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