Biden breaks his promise of chaos-free campaign
President Joe Biden has campaigned to bring a sense of calm and civility to the White House after former President Donald Trump, but the high-stakes late-night drama this week around his signing policies suggests otherwise.
And as Congressional Democrats haggle over partisan $ 3.5 trillion social protection and climate reconciliation bill to save the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, Biden risks undermining his reputation. of competence.
Democrats criticized Trump for his unpredictability and for undermining the rule of law. Biden is more traditional than his unconventional predecessor, but his leadership over his political legacy negotiations has damaged his credibility, already eroded by his botched withdrawal of troops and allies from Afghanistan, according to Republican strategist John Feehery.
“Biden promised a return to normalcy and a unified nation,” said Feehery, press secretary to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. “He unites the nation only in his distaste for the present state of affairs.”
Biden’s approval ratings began to decline over the summer as the delta coronavirus variant increased among unvaccinated people, mostly in the South. But his average disapproval count started to exceed his approval in mid-August, according to the poll aggregator RealClearPolitics, and at the end of August, according to FiveThirtyEight, as the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated ahead of the August 31 withdrawal deadline.
Now, after months of negotiations, Biden is pleading with Democrats to compromise following the Liberals’ refusal this week to support passage of the bipartisan frameless infrastructure deal for the sprawling reconciliation bill. Their protest meant House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to withdraw Thursday night’s vote on legislation passed by the Senate.
Democrats, such as Biden’s ally, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, had criticized the president’s approach to negotiations before leaving the White House on Friday and walking up Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with the House Democrats on Capitol. Hill.
“We’re going to get there,” Biden said afterward. “It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter if it’s six minutes, six days, or six weeks.”
Aggressive Progressive podcast host and former Democratic consultant Christopher Hahn disagreed that Biden’s incompetence created the drama, while Trump did. The president, after all, had welcomed Democrats to the White House.
“Biden faces a world that has its own problems, but his administration is not adding to the chaos,” Hahn said.
Jessica Anderson, executive director of the popular conservative organization Heritage Action for America, said the “Biden Doctrine” spelled “disaster for Americans across the country.”
“Between the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 13 brave American servicemen, record inflation, the ‘Biden border crisis’ and a multibillion dollar spending bill that will reshape America, l The Biden administration has had one of the most chaotic first years of a presidency in recent years, and we’re only nine months away, ”she said.
Jenny Beth Martin, honorary chair of the right-wing political organization Tea Party Patriots Action, argued that Biden’s chaos and confusion extended beyond the border to federal, state and local COVID-19 responses.
“Americans are stressed and angry that there currently appears to be little deliberative legislative process in the country,” she said. “What we are seeing is the height of government overbreadth and unconstitutional behavior.”
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, in particular, was bracing for a legal battle over Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate for private companies with 1,000 or more employees.
“It threatens to destroy the businesses and jobs of 80 million Americans, including teachers, health care workers, firefighters, police and customs officers and border patrols, who refuse to take an experimental vaccine.” , did he declare.
Rokita’s counterpart in Arkansas, Leslie Rutledge, noted Biden’s decrees, “many of them go too far.” While not an executive order, she also cited attempts by the president and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend the moratorium on pandemic-related evictions.
“The Supreme Court had to come back and prevent the moratorium on evictions from remaining in effect,” Rutledge said.
The White House bristled at Biden-Trump comparisons this week despite being pushed over similarities in the past. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Biden’s “brutal, one-sided and unpredictable decision” to form a national security alliance with the UK to help Australia build nuclear submarines like “a lot of what Mr. Trump used to get done.” The pact scuttled France’s contract to supply Australia with diesel-electric versions.
“I think people would be hard pressed to claim that the president took any aspect of the former president’s playbook and used it as a model for him,” Psaki said.
Psaki defended Biden’s negotiating tactics on Friday, insisting that “compromise is necessary” or even “inevitable”.
“What we’re working on is unifying a path to get these two packages,” she said. “There is healthy debate, discussion and disagreement over the details of the way forward, and this is not a sign of dysfunction.”
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