Even prior to the 2020 election, Democrats were well aware of the fact that the 2022 midterms would be a daunting challenge.
But that was before President Joe Biden took office and revealed that he’s not the leader that he promised American voters, if his embarrassingly low polling numbers are any indication. Many political pundits believe Biden’s poor performance during his first year in the White House will ultimately result in a bloodbath for Democratic candidates in next year’s midterms, as The Hill reported.
Such predictions are bad for Democratic House members, and especially bad news for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who faces all but a certain end to her powerful speakership position as Republicans prepare to take perhaps a dominating majority control of the lower chamber next year.
Even the left-leaning Hill noted that Biden’s approval ratings are currently in a “free fall,” which comes in the wake of his failure not only to pass two key pieces of legislation, but other failures such as the inflation and supply chain concerns, the Afghanistan debacle, and the unfolding crisis at the southern U.S. border.
“President Biden’s backslide on leadership, honesty and competence and the fact that he has lost some ground on handling of the COVID pandemic has to be concerning to Democrats,” Tim Malloy, a polling analyst at Quinnipiac University, told The Hill.
A number of unnamed senior aides and officials on Capitol Hill are spilling the beans, too, with one telling the outlet, “To be blunt, I’m not feeling good about where we are.”
The Democratic aide added: “Look, it was never going to be easy or anything. It was always kind of contingent on what got done. I just think we’re starting to see how fragile this is.”
Not only are House Dems, including Pelosi, presumably in full-panic mode, but the narrowly-controlled Senate is also at risk, as all it will take is the flip of one seat for Republicans to take over the upper chamber next year, which would be a monumental shift in power.
Only time will tell just how bad things get for Democrats, which could actually be quite bad given that there’s still more than a year to go before the elections. Biden has managed to tank the Dem Party already in barely nine months as president.