I hate that emotional connection plays such an outsized role in our politics, but I can’t deny it either. If Americans can’t cheer you on, they’ll scold you.
Biden’s presidency is far from a failure, but it has been thwarted by big promises made by Biden during the campaign on issues such as voting rights and police reform. Lately, it seems that when it comes to domestic policy, Biden has moved from the macro to the micro, taking steps that will indeed benefit many Americans, but are too narrowly targeted to transform our society or address core issues. who torment her – trying to recruit more American truckers, focusing on black maternal health, announcing an emergency waiver to allow the sale of higher ethanol blend gasoline this summer.
Meanwhile, two great perennial problems resurface: crime and the economy. The fear of crime and the pinch of inflation are not abstractions, complicated foreign policy or advantages for special interests. They slip through every door and hide under every kitchen table.
And on the other side, Republicans play a big role in culture war issues, like questioning the teaching of black history and white supremacist history in schools, as well as restricting discussion of LGBT issues and campaigning against trans women and girls participating in sports with others. women and girls. And they use parental rights as a Trojan horse to implement their program.
Democrats, for their part, nearly abandoned the parental rights argument, instead hitting back and calling these efforts oppressive and backward. They fail to recognize that conservative oppression in this country is like an amoeba: simple, primitive, pervasive and highly adaptable. It simply changes shape to fit the environment and the argument.
Republicans are using the fear of white parents, especially the fears of white mothers, worried about harm to their children, to lure white women from the suburbs to the polls. Oppression is a bonus.
There was another worrying sign in the Quinnipiac poll: Biden’s approval rating among people who identified as Hispanic was even lower than among those who identified as white. Experts have been discussing Biden’s declining numbers among Hispanics for months. In October, FiveThirtyEight pointed out that “there has been a drop in support for Biden among the three racial and ethnic groups we measured, but the drop among Hispanics — from the 60s to just under 50 percent — marks Biden’s most precipitous decline.