Are Democrats Looking to the Lifeboats?
Not so long ago, President Joe Biden was being talked of as a transformative president, a second Franklin D. Roosevelt in terms of the domestic agenda he would enact.
And there was substance to the claim.
Early in his presidency, Biden had passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. While his majorities in both houses of Congress were razor-thin, they proved sufficient to push through a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
Clusters of Republicans backed the Biden infrastructure bill.
A follow-on $3.5 trillion Build Back Better social spending bill to rival New Deal and Great Society measures has broad support -- though not for its sticker price -- and, even today, still seems possible.
So, how are Biden and the administration he leads doing with the American people who put them into office? According to a stunning Washington Post-ABC News poll this weekend, not well, not well at all.
If the 2022 elections were held this November, registered voters would back Republican candidates over Democratic opponents 51-41.
The GOP voter advantage would translate into a rout of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats, loss of the Senate, two years of gridlock and a lame-duck Biden presidency through 2023 and 2024.
If that Post-ABC poll is accurate, Democrats are staring into the abyss.
According to the poll, 70% of Americans have a negative view of how the economy is doing under Biden, while 38%, almost 4 in 10, believe the economy is in "poor" condition.