How to avoid disaster in the midterms

“The trick, says Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, will be lowering the expectations of an impatient Democratic base that is eager to press the party’s slim advantage by forcing votes on issues like Medicare for All or by making structural changes that could secure the party’s power. Booker says there aren’t enough votes to pass statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico right now, nor for expanding the Supreme Court. He’s taking his own lesson from the early Obama years.”

History suggests that Joe Biden and the Democrats are going to have a tough two years and a disaster in the midterms. Here?s their plan to avoid that.

2 thoughts on “How to avoid disaster in the midterms

  1. In a way, it’s straightforward: The progressives have to remember that the Democrats barely have a majority, and the progressives are the left-most 10% of the voters. In particular, any proposal that is seen as specifically progressive is opposed by a solid majority of the voters. (Let me mention immigration amnesty and further socialization of medicine.) But if they concentrate on just undoing the changes Trump made, they can probably get the public to go along with that, and it would still be a great improvement.

  2. E.g., the article titled “Why Biden’s immigration plan may be risky for Democrats” really is “Actually pushing Biden’s immigration plan will tank the Democrats in 2022”. Every president through Obama has pushed for an immigration amnesty (the last successful one was by Reagan), but those are really unpopular. (As much as I’d like otherwise.)

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