Biden appeared ‘crestfallen’ upon learning of Democrats taking a beating on election night: Report

Many political pundits believe that what happened to the party in Tuesday’s elections is a sign of what’s to come for the struggling party in the 2022 midterms, and according to some, President Joe Biden knows exactly how Tuesday’s outcome was a reflection of his failures as a Democratic leader.

According to the New York Post, in the wake of massive Republican victories, especially Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial victory over former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), Biden was described as appearing “crestfallen” over the political bloodbath his party experienced. 

“The 78-year-old commander-in-chief cast his eyes to the ground, his face etched with concern soon after stepping off Air Force One as the Democrats faced a series of crushing losses in expected strongholds,” the Post noted.

The president had just returned from a trip to Europe as the election results came pouring in. The results were especially painful given the president’s statement of the Democratic Party’s future just prior to the election taking place.

“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week,” Biden said prior to returning home from Europe on Tuesday.

Even in New Jersey, where incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy was predicted to easily best his Republican opponent, the race ended so close that it took another day to determine who won. Ultimately, Murphy prevailed, but by the slimmest possible margins.

Just one year ago, Biden carried New Jersey by a whopping 16 points.

Many Democratic operatives, including Doug Herman, a lead strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, noted that the Biden administration carries a heavy amount of responsibility for what happened on Tuesday night.

“If Congress doesn’t pass a bill soon so we can get out there and start campaigning on it, we’ve got nothing to run on,” Herman said.