President Joe Biden now sees his Democratic Party increasingly disintegrating
In the midterm elections, US President Joe Biden will not only have to deal with the shadow of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump. Within his Democratic Party, the battle of trends is becoming increasingly evident.
Few men are impersonating Joe Biden in the month of their 80th birthday: at least one campaign appearance each day, crosses the US. Despite this impressive recent race for an elderly president, the Democratic midterm elections in Biden may be a losing race.
Just a few weeks ago, the party appeared to be heading toward losing a majority in the House, but also winning the Senate. This lead has evaporated to a very cautious extent, perhaps. Historically, this is very normal, losing a majority in Congress to the White House party is almost a law, in this case high inflation and fuel prices being the main causes.
But the political situation in the United States on the eve of the so-called “mid-term elections” is not at all normal. Never before had the majority of candidates on Republican slates believed a former president’s conspiracy theory that the current president “stole” the election. In any case, the shadow of the former president has not commented so prominently on the midterms as the shadow of Donald Trump now.
In this constellation, the loss will likely set off a battle of new trends that also dominated the Democratic Party in the 2020 primaries, eventually transitioning between Biden, who represents moderate Democrats, and leftist Bernie Sanders.
Now the question that arises is that Democrats have managed to stay away from propaganda significantly during the campaign: How wise would the party be to allow Biden, who loses his story thread in nearly every speech, at the age of 82? To move forward again, whether against Donald Trump or not?
Biden himself would like, he repeatedly points out, sometimes pointing to the temporary equilibrium of his presidency. This is not bad. With a slim majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, his administration passed a large number of laws through Congress. Biden signed an investment package for the country’s roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure and, with Republican support, billed to (slightly) increase controls on arms sales. He has invested heavily in the technology sector with the goal of being able to navigate closer to the wind in competition with China.
Biden’s greatest success is the first significant climate legislation in US history. Although due to the controversial nature of the topic, it bears the misleading name “Law of Limiting Inflation”, which reveals the juncture in which it arose.
Even two years after Trump’s departure, automation is defining the American political agenda. Republicans are swinging to the right, pushing Democrats to the left.
Difficulty in period
President Biden continues to struggle to chart a path that satisfies the entire Democratic Party’s bandwidth. Like this summer, about the controversial ruling by a conservative judge-dominated Supreme Court repealing the universal right to abortion. In the run-up to the ruling, Biden was criticized by the progressive part of the party for not allowing the right to abortion to take precedence over the struggle against the economic suffering of a portion of the population.
Biden won the Democratic primary two years ago because of his moderate personality: an outspoken Catholic left, like Bernie Sanders. But also not “too intellectual,” which disappointed some voters in Obama. In doing so, he regained the votes of many of the educated Americans in industrialized nations who voted for Trump in 2016.
But it is precisely this group that threatens the Democrats with its importance swing states Like Pennsylvania to give up on Arizona again. There is discontent with this within the party. Evidenced by the outcry of Joe Manchin, a vociferous conservative Democrat from West Virginia, when Biden announced last week that he wanted to “close all coal-fired power plants in the United States as soon as possible.” According to Manchin, Biden shows he has lost touch with reality.
Biden himself pondered wistfully about a bygone era at a San Diego gym this weekend. “We used to argue, basically disagree when I was a senator. But then we went to the Senate dining room and had lunch together. By ‘we’, Biden of course meant the two chambers of the political heart of the United States: Democrats and Republicans.
Biden’s foray into the past was a prelude to criticism of Republicans and their disdainful attitude toward the rules and institutions of democracy. But inadvertently, Biden was referring to the most important unfulfilled promise of the 2020 election: the return of “normal political life.”
Based on anonymous sources close to the president, wrote New York times Recently, Biden believed that this “normality,” in which both sides treat each other with respect and are like political business, would have returned by midterm. One described the president’s assessment as naive. Anyway, he was wrong.
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