Dems See The Grim Future 2022 Holds For Them

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 02 January 2022 22:45
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Some Democrats are not hopeful that 2022 will bring President Joe Biden or the party good things before the midterm elections.

Democrats control the Senate thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris's tie breaking vote. But the White House and congressional leadership's inability to get Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona's approval for Biden's sprawling $2.4 trillion social welfare and climate spending bill or a filibuster carve-out for voting rights legislation suggest the administration will bid to turn many of Biden's priorities into law next year as it has in 2021.

The 2022 elections will likely be "a f****** disaster" for Democrats, which is "bad" for Biden and the country, according to party strategist Stefan Hankin.

Mentioning the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressure it has put on the country's healthcare system, economy, and schools to the lack of progress on gun control, Hankin said the public needed "a strong, centralist government that's working together, moving forward to get things done."

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"We have exactly the opposite," he told the Washington Examiner. "We have a dysfunctional Democratic Party because, God, we're the f****** worst and can't message our way out of a paper bag and, clearly, can't actually govern as a coalition party. So, where do we go from here? I'm not feeling overly solid."

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Hankin was more upset with Manchin for challenging his place in Democratic politics when the Republican Party stayed in former President Donald Trump's hold than he was with Manchin for "dragging" out discussions over social welfare and climate proposals with which he is fundamentally against.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has suggested his chamber will pass the Build Back Better legislation in 2022, heeding liberal Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's calls for a show vote fated to fail. Tensions have been relieved between Manchin and the White House after the senator dramatically declared he would not back the framework during a Sunday morning Fox News TV interview. But since then, he has reiterated his concerns about inflation, the national debt, and higher taxes.

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Hankin also queried other liberal Democrats, such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for pressing Biden to progress his programs through executive action. That unilateral option "only gets you so far" and is "window dressing," he said.

Instead, Biden should refocus on COVID-19's health and economic fallout to curb expected Democrat electoral losses in 2022, according to party strategist Simon Rosenberg. The "fate" of Democrats in the midterm cycle relies on how voters see their lives as they enter the pandemic's third year after Biden was distracted by his Build Back Better agenda and Afghanistan, he contended.

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