in NBC poll Afgh is literally nowhere on the list of concerns: Economy/Jobs (26%), Immig (10), covid (7), corruption +healthcare (5)… not even 1 %?? https://t.co/Ik5DJOEKr3— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) August 22, 2021
This was going to happen anyway.
We’ve been saying it for months now. It was happening before the withdrawal from Afghanistan. It also happened to Obama and Trump at this point in their presidencies. There are lots of issues that are dragging down Joe Biden – crime, inflation, illegal immigration, gas prices, censorship and especially COVID – because there are no shortage of reasons to disillusioned or pissed off with him.
Joe Biden’s base are the people who still take the “journalists” seriously and they are all unanimously outraged and saying he is shit for ending their precious war in Afghanistan. Are these shitlibs really going to be angry with Joe a year from now though for pulling troops out of Afghanistan?
“WASHINGTON — After a spike in U.S. Covid-19 cases and bipartisan criticism over the chaos from America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s overall job-approval rating has dipped below 50 percent among adults for the first time in his early presidency, according to a new NBC News poll.
The poll also finds fewer Americans support Biden’s handling of the coronavirus and the economy now than they did last spring, and just a quarter of respondents approve of his handling of Afghanistan.
The survey findings demonstrate the public has grown more pessimistic about the coronavirus since April, the country remains split over whether Covid-19 vaccines should be mandated and an electorate is divided over which political party should control Congress after the 2022 midterms.
It’s all produced a “summer of discontent” for Biden, said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies. …”
The news cycle will move on.
The media hysteria will inevitably die down.
The people who Joe impressed by ending the war in Afghanistan aren’t his base. They will remember that a year from now. It will be at least one point in his favor although it has to be weighed against his record on all sorts of other important issues like immigration and civil liberties.
“With President Biden facing a political crisis that has shaken his standing in his party, Democrats across the country are increasingly worried about their ability to maintain power in Washington, as his administration struggles to defend its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and stanch a resurgent pandemic that appeared to be waning only weeks ago.
While Americans watched devastating scenes of mayhem at the Kabul airport and ascendant Taliban forces last week, the steady drumbeat of bipartisan criticism left many Democrats frustrated and dismayed at a White House they viewed as having fumbled the end of the country’s longest war on multiple fronts.
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers announced congressional investigations into the administration’s handling of the withdrawal, as a handful of Democratic lawmakers weighed whether calling for the resignation of Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, would help the president “reset the narrative,” according to a Democratic House member, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The harrowing images appalled even the president’s staunchest supporters, many of whom — like a majority of the American public — support the decision to remove American troops from Afghanistan. But some of them worry the execution of the withdrawal has undermined Mr. Biden’s central campaign promise to restore a steady hand to governance, particularly on issues of national security.
Interviews with more than 40 Democrats, lawmakers, strategists and party officials show a White House at a pivot point. If the virus continues to worsen or the situation in Afghanistan deteriorates further, many of the president’s allies fear he will lose the confidence of the moderate swing voters who lifted his party to victory in 2020. Already, Democrats in battleground districts have been sounding alarms that the party needs to become more aggressive with their messaging, particularly on the economy and the efforts to combat the surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant. …
For many establishment Democrats, the Taliban’s rapid seizure of Afghanistan was the first time during Mr. Biden’s administration that they found themselves creating any daylight between themselves and the president. …”
COVID is turning out to be a far bigger challenge.
July 4th was supposed to be Independence Day from COVID. The “shots in arms” would nip this in the bud. Reality is starting to sink in that COVID is going to become another endemic virus like the cold or the flu and that there will be a COVID season of endless variants and people will be infected with it over and over again. It will never go away. It will still be circulating here a century from now like H1N1.
Note: A year from now, no one but neocons and the Pentagon and defense contractors and their FOX News mouthpieces will be pining for the occupation of Afghanistan.