“We’re going to wrap it up this week, or deploy a new approach to doing something,” a senior administration official told CNN.
But the partisan polarization of contemporary politics almost never leads to widespread voting. Biden’s decline so far – from a low in the 50s to his mid-40s – if it persists next year could be the difference between a presidential tailwind and an anchor for Democratic candidates under fierce Republican onslaught. It is possible.
“We don’t turn around even when things are challenging. Our idea and his vision is to meet the challenges facing the American people and continue to move forward,” Psaki said.
Neither a short-term decline in approval nor even a Congress defeat is doom for the presidency. Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996 after Republicans kept him on the ropes by sweeping both houses of Congress two years earlier. Barack Obama, whom Biden served as vice president, secured a second term in 2010 after a Tea Party-fuelled Republican landslide.
But regaining his footing depends on Biden restoring public confidence that he is at work. Even more than passing on his economic agenda, it meant what his base asset was: the belief that his steady focus on economic relief and Covid-19 vaccinations followed the turbulence and rancor of Donald Trump’s presidency with calm, stability and normalcy. was restoring the situation.
By the time prolonged resistance to voluntary vaccination pushed the White House toward the mandate in mid-summer, the delta version had begun to blur the light at the end of the long pandemic tunnel.
“The Biden administration should have adopted proof of vaccination from the start,” said former Baltimore public health chief Dr. Lena Wayne, who is now a CNN health analyst. “We’ll be in a very different place right now.”
The hope now for Biden and his party is that the prospect of inflection points to both of their major challenges.
In recent weeks, Biden’s tough approach to vaccination for both government and private businesses has begun to pay dividends. Decreasing infections, hospitalizations and deaths suggest that the delta variant may follow the same cycle of decline as the earlier Covid surge.
At the same time, the recognition that Democrats will sink or float together has created agitation in behind-the-scenes legislative talks, even as Congress has been on recess. The discussion now hovers around a $2 trillion price tag for a Democrat-only economic package, which Biden has aligned with the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate over the summer.
A letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly on Monday hinted at the resolution of a key decision — to focus, as ambitions for a Democrat-only package, finance fewer objectives rather than spend money on more of them. on feeding.
Negotiators are showing positive signals from Arizona’s Sans Kirsten Cinema and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, two resolute Democratic senators who remain the biggest headache for Joe Biden and party leaders.
“The people working on this are optimistic,” an aide to the House Democratic leadership told CNN. “Both say privately that they want to support the second bill.”
“We will have a bill,” said one Democratic senator, although reaching a settlement may not be as fast as the White House wants. “I don’t think the end of the week is likely, or necessary.”
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, shared the urgency of the Biden team to demonstrate the governing ability. His close fight against Republican rival Glenn Youngkin ended in three weeks.
“We need to fix these roads and bridges. … Go to a room, here’s what we need and here’s what it costs. It shouldn’t be that difficult.”
Democratic political strategists don’t see this week as an important milestone for 2022. What matters, they say, is success as long as the mid-term campaign is running in earnest.
“Things aren’t looking great right now,” acknowledged Mark Mailman, a prominent Democratic strategist. “But things change. If the pandemic is fading by next year, Democrats look like legislative genius to pass two transformational bills with a narrow majority, and the money is coming through the economy, picture a lot. will be brighter.”
Yet change may not come so fast for the White House under mounting pressure. This is driving the search by Biden allies for a possible Plan B.
Asked what would happen if Democrats couldn’t come to a settlement agreement this week, the senior administration official only said: “Let’s see what’s next.”