A growing number of Biden aides disappointed in his handling of issues
As President Biden’s popularity among American voters continues to decline, so does his clout among fellow Democrats.
A growing number of Biden allies have expressed their dismay at dealing with issues such as the border crisis, Afghanistan and the Democratic-controlled Congress, where two key legislation advancing their domestic agenda have been stalled by party infighting.
The latest rift in the party’s foundation became apparent on Sunday after Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, who campaigned with Biden in northern Virginia less than three months ago, said he was in Congress with the president and Democrats. were “disappointed”.
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“We are disappointed with Washington,” McAuliffe said in a CNN interview. “Why didn’t we pass this infrastructure bill? It passed the US Senate with 69 votes two months ago. I’ve been pretty straight on television. We’re tired of the chit-chat in Washington. Go to a room and get it. Let’s find out. … They get paid to get up in Washington, get it done.”
The comments came days after McAuliffe said Biden is currently “unpopular” in Virginia.
Sarah Longwell, a moderate Republican strategist who became a vocal supporter of Biden in 2020, told Politico There is a “malaise” among Democratic voters who don’t feel that their lives have improved under Biden, and far fewer are blaming Republicans for the mess in Washington, where Democratic Party infiltration has caused $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion budget. reconciliation package.
Biden and the Democrats in Washington “are each in the throes of fighting with a bill that no one knows what,” Longwell said. “It just looks like a cluster.”
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Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a moderate Democrat who wanted an immediate vote on the infrastructure bill, told the New York Times The way Biden has been governing last week “doesn’t reflect the skills I know he should have from his years as a legislator.”
Representative Jim Costa, D-California, also recent criticism On his pitch to Congress for infrastructure, Biden called it “disappointing” and said he spent most of his time talking about a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
“Well, if it’s not a priority for him, it’s probably not a priority period,” Costa said. “That’s a priority for me.”
Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. criticized Biden’s lack of involvement in the negotiation process and said he was disappointed by the lack of communication with moderates.
“We’re late to the party, a little disappointed,” Schrader told the Daily Beast last month. ‘They needed to be more vigorous at first, hopefully making it to the final stretch here.
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Another point of contention in the party is Biden’s handling of the southern border, which has seen a huge influx of migrants in recent months.
“I’ll be very honest with you and tell you I’m a little disappointed. I know the president has delegated responsibility for the border crisis to the vice president,” Representative Susan Wilde, D-Pain, said during a telephone talk. Hall on Tuesday. “I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t see much in the way of results.”
Former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a potential Texas gubernatorial candidate, slammed Biden for not anticipating a migrant surge in a sharp op-ed Last month for El Paso Matters.
“None of this should have been a surprise to our government,” O’Rourke wrote.
Meanwhile, Biden’s average approval rating among voters has been slipping downward since June, at about 38%, the lowest since his presidency. They have seen the sharpest drop in independent voters, which could have big electoral implications.
Some Democrats speculate that a major legislative victory for Biden could turn those numbers around.
“On substance, presidential programs are what people want. Like everything, it’s sausage-making that’s causing problems with elections,” said Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D.Sc. told Politico. “There’s one or two [senators] Which will prevent him from reaching 50.”