In the two months since signing the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombed big time on the things that matter most.
The big picture: Biden, who marks one year in office next Thursday, has never been less popular nationally, after personally lobbying his party and the public on Build Back Better and voting rights — and failing.
- Baffling COVID messaging caused former Biden advisers to stage a media intervention, going public with a call for a less reactive strategy.
Why it matters: Biden is on the verge of losing two big fights of his choosing — with his party controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
- It’s rare for a president to be at odds with Republicans, moderate Democrats and liberal Democrats — all at once. But that’s where Biden finds himself at the start of an election year that many Democrats believe will result in the loss of the House and maybe the Senate.
The latest: Yesterday was the third time in 3½ months Biden made an in-person trip to the Hill — and the third time he walked away having failed to persuade his party to back his plans.
- Biden can’t be faulted for having a 50-50 Senate and an unmovable Democratic centrist in Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). But he knew the daunting numbers game full well as he went into these fights.
Biden aides point out he passed bigger legislation than any president in history, with a signing ceremony for infrastructure just two months ago.
- As America reopened, the U.S. broke records for the number of jobs created in a year, and for reduction in the unemployment rate.
Biden sources sketch this plan for coming weeks:
- White House officials hope for progress soon on a reworked version of Build Back Better…