Despite a year in sole control of America’s legislative and executive branches of government, Democrats want desperately want to talk about anything but Joe Biden and his record or lack thereof. James Freeman explains their intense avoidance of anything-Biden in the Wall Street Journal.
Democrats Cancel Joe Biden Before 2024
Democrats are very concerned with Joe Biden’s polling, writes Freeman:
President Joe Biden’s popularity in the early months of his term proved to be transitory. Now surging inflation is among the reasons that more voters are expressing disapproval than at any point in his presidency. Adding ingratitude to injury, the progressive activists Mr. Biden has been indulging since the moment he took office are now talking about canceling him before the 2024 general election.
No wonder Senate Democrats want to talk so much about the last days of the Trump presidency. There’s precious little for them to celebrate about the current one. Nearly 54% of Americans express disapproval of the job Mr. Biden is doing in the Oval Office—a new high for his term in the RealClearPolitics average of public opinion polls. Meanwhile just 42.3% of Americans approve of the president’s work.
This column will offer the usual caveat that polling is not an exact science, if it’s even a science. But the bad Biden news across the survey landscape has to concern partisan Democrats.
Biden Desperate, Willing to Burn the Senate He Loves
Biden is so desperate for a win, he is willing to give Democrats the go-ahead to burn the Senate rules he cherished as a member for so long. Freeman continues:
Speaking of weak leadership, the president is now meekly accepting the latest effort by the left wing of his party to trash the rules of his beloved Senate in an effort to seize partisan advantage via a federal takeover of election law. This follows his indulgence of the long, unsuccessful 2021 effort to enact trillions of dollars of progressive priorities via a partisan reconciliation process.
Yet the activists who should be his steadfast allies after a year of offensive federal overreach are now openly turning on Mr. Biden. Holly Otterbein notes in Politico that “liberals are talking about treating him like former President Jimmy Carter. .. and mapping out a Democratic primary challenge in 2024.”
Inflation Biting Biden, and Americans
Perhaps the last thing any Democrat in Washington, D.C. wants to discuss is inflation. Americans are hurting, and they seem to have no answers. Freeman concludes his column:
Remember When Inflation Was Transitory?
Prices of used cars have lately been an area of acute inflation pain for consumers. They may have to wait a bit longer for relief, judging by the prices car dealers have been paying for used vehicles in the wholesale market. Consulting firm Manheim reports:
Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 3.1% in the first 15 days of December compared to the month of November. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 239.8, a 48.9% increase from December 2020.
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