Thomas Edsall is worried.
We’re at the point where the COVID relief band aid – the eviction moratorium, unemployment insurance, student loan forbearance, increased EBT – is about to be ripped off. The effect of the one time $1,400 stimulus check which fewer people qualified for has also long since worn off. The child tax credit is still going out through next year, but that reaches fewer people and goes to families.
At the same time, Joe is confronting the worst immigration crisis in decades, the biggest crime spike in decades and the worst inflation in decades. Gas prices have also gone up. In addition to all of this, there is a bonfire of other issues like censorship and the assault on civil liberties – the polls show Republican voters care more about the assault on their rights than any other issue – which are firing up the opposition. Throw in the backlash against CRT and “trans” and wokeness in general and the people who are still pissed off about the lockdowns and Trump and the 2022 midterms could get ugly for Democrats.
“The first seven months of the Biden presidency have been easy compared to what’s coming down the pike.
Key provisions of Covid relief legislation came to an end on Aug. 1, with more set to follow — including a cessation of moratoriums on evictions and mortgage foreclosures, termination of extended unemployment benefits (which carried $300-a-week supplemental payments), and a stop to enhanced food stamp subsidies and student loan forbearance.
The prospect of millions of families forced from their homes as Covid variants infect growing numbers of people provoked frenzied attempts by the White House and congressional Democrats to take emergency steps to halt or ameliorate the potential chaos and a possible tragedy of national proportions.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered a 60-day freeze on evictions — although the order faces possible rejection by the courts.
“Any call for a moratorium, based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision, is likely to face obstacles,” Biden told reporters, adding that the “bulk of the constitutional scholarship says that it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.”
In a June report, the Census Bureau found that 1,401,801 people 18 and older living in rental housing were “very likely” to be evicted and another 2,248,120 were “somewhat likely. In addition, 345,556 people were “very likely” to lose their homes through mortgage foreclosure and another 746,030 were “somewhat likely” to face foreclosure and the loss of their homes. The combined total was 4.7 million adults.
The eviction crisis has come at a time when an additional series of potentially damaging developments have come to the fore. …”
Surely, there is more than enough there to piss off enough Republican and Independent voters and to deflate Democrat voters to lose control of Congress. There is no shortage of ammunition that can be used against Joe Biden and the Democrats. They are blessed though with the feckless, corrupt and incompetent Republican leadership which does not share the priorities of voters.
Edsall gives the game away here:
“Cain argues that …
the best defense for the Democrats is to go on the offense in 2022 and remind voters about who Trump is and what the Republican Party has become. The resistance to supporting vaccination among Trumpist Republican officials could hurt the party’s national image substantially in 2022 if the unvaccinated are to blame for our inability to put this issue behind us. …”
This is exactly what they are doing.
For lack of better options, the media is ginning up hysteria over the Delta variant in an attempt to polarize the electorate along vaccinated vs. unvaccinated lines because the polls show that swing voters favor vaccine mandates. It worked for them with Independents in the 2020 election. The problem with the strategy of demonizing the “unvaccinated” though is that there are too many vaccine hesitant blacks and Hispanics and especially young people who tend to be Democrats.
“The Senate Minority Leader abandoned his Dr. No stance toward all things Democratic and joined 16 fellow Republicans in support of a key motion to take up a $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill. If enacted into law, the measure would legitimize Biden’s claim that he is capable of restoring a semblance of bipartisanship in the nation’s capital. McConnell has not fully explained his political reasoning …”
No one cares about hard infrastructure.
Most people support infrastructure spending on things like roads and bridges. Passing a popular infrastructure bill won’t change anything. There are far too many other polarizing issues.
“The trickiest issues facing the Biden administration are crime and urban disorder because these are issues that play to the advantage of conservatives who have demonstrated expertise in weaponizing them. …”
In light of the assault on our civil liberties by the Biden administration, we’re doing our part to create, cultivate and help spread these damaging narratives as a FU to the Democrats. In fact, we do most of the heavy lifting in this area. We create the ammunition that is used against the Democrats.