The mystery of the Democrats: how to brighten up a presidency and a national atmosphere
“As President Biden and Democrats work to cut costs and continue the historic economic recovery made possible by the U.S. bailout, Republicans have done everything they can to try to get in the way,” he said. said Jaime Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. said in a statement.
Yet months of national polls show that Americans have a very different perception of the ruling party. Even in extremely liberal Los Angeles, a private Democratic poll in April found Mr. Biden’s approval rating to be just 58%, according to a person with direct knowledge of the data.
Democratic tensions over messaging have played out in Ohio, where candidates in this week‘s primaries reflect the full range of competing opinions.
Ms. Brown, who faces a contested primary in a safe Democratic seat and was endorsed by Mr. Biden, is working hard on the bipartisan infrastructure law.
She echoed other House Democrats in promoting the message that “Democrats delivered.”
But Biden advisers have privately indicated that the pitch tests poorly as a party slogan. And at another event in Ohio in late April, Nina Turner, a former state senator who is challenging Ms. Brown from the left to a rematch, suggested the Democrats hadn’t delivered enough.
She urged, among other priorities, universal student debt cancellation – or, at a minimum, the cancellation of $10,000 of federal student debt per borrower (Ms. Brown also supports some student debt cancellation measures) . Mr. Biden, who endorsed the $10,000 goal in 2020 deferred payments and a large student debt was wiped out during his tenure, but some have called for him to do much more. He can take other steps, and there is still time to make more progress on the Democratic agenda.
But for now, many on the left are disappointed that Democrats, despite controlling Washington, have been stranded in the Senate divided on priorities like climate and voting rights.