Originally posted on June 3, 2021.
Joe Biden did not campaign as a radical progressive, but since entering the White House, he has embraced many of the progressive policy proscriptions supported by radicals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Pushing for higher taxes, unfettered illegal immigration, a foreign policy that fritters away American sovereignty, an energy policy that is punishing Americans with higher fuel prices, and other progressive boondoggles has so far been the hallmark of the Biden administration. At The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove suggests that Biden’s policies will do much harm to the Democrats in 2022’s mid-term election. He writes (abridged):
Recent polling suggests the Democrats’ approach may not help them in the midterms.
Forty-six percent of respondents to a Fox News poll in late May said the president’s positions are “too liberal,” up from only 36% in December.
More evidence of the political downside of the president’s agenda comes from a HarrisX poll of 10 swing Democratic congressional districts conducted May 18-23 for No Labels, a group that promotes bipartisanship and is chaired by Gov. Larry Hogan (R., Md.) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D., Conn.).
Strong majorities in all 10 districts say “taxes overall” should either be “lowered or kept the same”.
Majorities in all 10 districts oppose the Democrats’ proposal to spend $4 trillion on “infrastructure, climate change, and social welfare.
Pluralities in all 10 are less likely to support anyone who votes to “expand the deficit by $2 trillion.
”How do you think the president’s $6 trillion proposal will go over?
But in 2022, as in most years, the economy will likely be the real congressional battleground. The sooner Republicans recognize that, the better.
Mr. Rove helped organize the political-action committee American Crossroads and is author of “The Triumph of William McKinley”
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