According to political commentators, the Democratic Party’s chances of avoiding disaster in next year’s midterm elections are directly related to Joe Biden’s falling poll numbers and collapsing “Build Back Better” spending and infrastructure package.
Breitbart News reported on findings by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report that indicates Biden’s approval ratings might be even more problematic for the midterm elections than the spending plan.
Wasserman said that if an enormous spending and infrastructure bill is enacted, it will not guarantee an improvement in Biden’s approval rating. However, of greater concern to Democrats is the negative impact on Biden’s rating numbers if his spending agenda fails. He believes that negative approval numbers for Biden are the largest concern for Democrats in the 2022 midterms.
Polling indicates that Biden currently has negative approval in 25 of 27 Congressional districts spread across 18 battleground states. Democratic infighting over Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation spending bill and $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill has the potential to impair Democratic prospects in many districts and states.
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said that it is “very risky” to tell local constituents that as a Democrat representative, you voted “no” on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) said that he is “desperate” to tell his voters that federal government jobs are coming to his district in advance of the midterm election.
Federal infrastructure spending and government jobs creation has been on hold throughout 2021 because of the bickering among Democrats, despite Biden’s promises for new government jobs since the day of his inauguration.
Some so-called “moderate” Democrats have been openly critical of binding the two massive spending bills together as demanded by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) has said that the tactic will likely hurt Democrats at the polls next year. She has said that the separate bills touch on different issues when asking why they have been linked in the House.
Far-left progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has accused the “moderate” Democrats of killing the Biden plan. She has said that “inaction is insanity” and sanity is delivering “on the promises we made.”