“Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) confessed Republicans were doing “poorly” in their efforts. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), said, “We need to get better at it.” But “it’s probably harder to attack somebody who is relatable and likable,” he added. Even Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) admitted that “it’s always harder to fight against a nice person.”
“”Biden also undoubtedly benefits from the contrast he has set up with the chaotic presidency of Donald Trump, simply by conducting himself in a relatively normal fashion. But that also could have a shelf life,” wrote Blake. “All of that said, it’s worth evaluating just how much Republicans have failed in their efforts to knock Biden down a peg and where he stands at this point in his presidency relative to others.”
While many Americans were disgusted by Trump, Biden was traveling the country telling the story about why he didn’t run in 2016, the heartbreak his family experienced, and the work he did as vice president. His story, his compassion and his willingness to listen to the progressive wing of the party made it difficult to attack him from the left or the right.”
AND THE TWO MOST TELLING THINGS — (1) He is not AOC and (2) PUBLIC SERVICE
“Blake explained that the reason Republicans are struggling to beat Biden is clear by drilling down on the issues. Every policy issue has high marks from Americans.
“His average approval rating on the coronavirus is 62 percent,” Blake cited. “The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package often polled even better, with some surveys putting support for it as high as the 70s. And early polling on his nascent infrastructure and jobs bill last week showed support at 64 percent in one poll and 56 percent in another. A third poll showed that all of the key elements of it have majority support, with several at 60 percent or more.”
The other problem for the GOP is that they are pushing further right to appease the extremist wing of their party. Democrats, who certainly have a far-left flank of the party, but they are largely pushing mainstream policies that most Americans support. It means that Biden is succeeding with things like a COVID bailout for the middle class instead of corporations, buying more than enough vaccines to ensure people are inoculated faster, fighting back against Russian aggressors and bringing home American troops after 20 years in Afghanistan.”
“The result has also been that much of what Biden is doing is actually more popular than he is personally, which is unusual at this juncture of a presidency this century, even if presidential popularity isn’t,” Blake closed. “And as those perceptions of his signature legislation and his handling of the biggest issue cement themselves in people’s minds, it becomes more difficult to knock him down personally. Which might be, even though it’s still early, why we’re seeing the kind of fretting evident among certain Republicans right now.”
Yeah, what crisis at the border? Never heard of it.
This is the perfect thing to raise because youre actually making the point, just cloaking it in media conspiracy (I think)
My point in response is the DIFFERENCE between the two.
If you notice, Biden is bent on restoring PEOPLES (the entire country’s) faith in government. He may not succeed BUT THAT IS THE GOAL so his almost singlualr focus has been on delaing ewiht things that are OVERWHELMINGLY IMPORTAMT AND POPULAR:
1. He has dealt with the CV19 issue first (65% approvals)
2. The Stimulus next (70% + approval)
3. now INFRASTRUYCTURE (70% approval) and he’s even making a very public effort to bring in GOP
As a result, Biden has very steady approval ratings, even with the GOP trying hard to manufacture crisis. He is dealing with the border, but as you can see NOT HIGHLIGHTING it, just dealing with the problem, but always focused (so far) on the 3 items above. He has even said publicly that in his view the most successful Presidents have understood that TIMING of their actions was important (he said this holding off the gun control lobby)
BY COMPARISON, Trump gets elelcted and almost his very first act:
1. Travel ban (40% approval)
2. Immigration that led to family separation debacle (very unpopular and divisive issue)
NOTABLY, Trump also spent four years REPETATEDLY touting a coming INFRASTRUCTURE Bill that NEVER ARRIVED (despite its massive popularity)
So the so-called “political genius” thought it was best to play to his base. That failed SPECTACULARLY. You cannot govern the country by FORCE. Elected officials — including the President – are PUBLIC SERVANTS above all else. The GOP has lost its way, in part, because it does not understand this. IT is the party of corporations and the party of the minority view of America, not the party of Public Service (as you can see because everyone in the GOP voted against #2 in Biden’s list)
when have your GOP goes to the border and wears bullet proof vests while riding in an “attack boat” and hiding bushes . . . and the story goes NOWHERE . .
That’s not a media conspiracy, that’s the American people telling all of your leaders to F—- OFF. A combination of trust in Biden and distrust in watching the same clowns who were behind the insurrection and Seuss and Hunter Biden . . . led, no less, by a guy busted for flying to Cancun
By the way, yesterday Biden called George Floyd’s family.
Trump said “when the looting starts the shooting starts.”
The GOP is stuck on Trumpism, millions and millions of Americans are NOT