As the Democratic Party struggles to convince voters of its legislative achievements, its new strategy is to try harder.
As President Joe Biden’s latest approval marks the lowest of his career, Democrats are increasingly bracing for a crushing midterm defeat.
One Democrat strategist, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Hill of midterm elections, “I think this is going to be a biblical disaster. This is the reality we’re in as Democrats and no one wants to face it.”
Strategists and politicians can’t seem to grasp why their perceived numerous legislative achievements aren’t resonating with voters amid soaring inflation hitting consumers directly.
Hillary Clinton voiced her dismay on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, saying, “I’m not quite sure what the disconnect is between the accomplishments of the administration, and this Congress, and the understanding of what’s been done, and the impact it will have on the American public, and some of the polling and the ongoing hand-wringing.”
Most Democrats want to focus on the American Rescue Plan, which they credit for picking up the economy, allowing schools to reopen, and providing a sense of confidence in the health system that made people willing to go back to work.
However, economists point out that while the economy has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, it has missed growth targets and inflation is raging. These trends started well before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, despite Biden administration attempts to portray them as Putin’s problem.