Democrats haven't had a very exciting new year, thanks to an inhibited agenda, bad poll numbers, and an increasingly gloomy perspective for their party in the November elections. Missing many significant achievements they can show to voters, Democratic lawmakers have instead ramped up attacks on the GOP, who otherwise stand poised to take the House majority and perhaps the Senate 10 months from now. [tweet_embed] January 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] The party seized on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol to renew their struggle to connect Republicans to the violent mob who charged into the Capitol and to associate the GOP with former President Donald Trump, who they blame for prompting the attack by eternalizing, to this day, the claim that the 2020 election was rigged. While party leaders said the daylong remembrance at the Capitol was to focus on those who defended the building or endured the attack, Democrats ensured Trump and Republicans loomed large. President Joe Biden talked against Trump in a speech marking the one-year anniversary. Biden devoted a major portion of his Capitol address to accuse Trump and his supporters for contesting the election results and inciting the mob who forced their way into the Capitol. "The former President of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election," Biden said. "He's done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interests as more important than this country's interest than America's interest, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution." [tweet_embed] January 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] While Biden didn't name Trump or any Republican lawmakers, Democrats have been ramping up a messaging tactic tying Republicans to the former President. The Republican Party, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech marking the Jan. 6 anniversary, "was taken over by Donald Trump." Democrats and Biden could use a little political distraction right now. Biden's disfavor rating hit a new high last week from voters who were not happy by his handling of the economy and the drawn-out COVID-19 pandemic. Democrats in Congress are spinning their wheels, incapable of advancing Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan that was to serve as the centerpiece of his economic agenda and failing to promote the more popular, $1 trillion infrastructure bill Biden signed into law last year. [tweet_embed] January 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] Centrist Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is stopping the Build Back Better measure in the evenly split Senate, and he is poised, along with Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, to prevent a bid to rewrite the Senate rules so that Democrats can pass two partisan election overhaul bills. Republicans are currently striving to retake the Senate and the House, where Democrats cling to a three-seat majority.