The Biden administration is whistling past the graveyard trying to downplay the dire electoral straits Democrats find themselves in heading into 2022.
With Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin winning in blue Virginia and liberal New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy barely managing to hang on against underdog Republican Jack Ciattarelli, the writing is on the wall for the radicalized Democrat Party to either pivot to the middle or make their prospects far worse by continuing to push their socialist agenda.
With the U.S. House’s passage of President Biden’s irresponsible multi-trillion-dollar budget reconciliation inflation bill, it appears they’re choosing the latter option at their peril.
To that point, the opening line from an ABC News analysis of their recent survey should command everyone’s full attention: “Republican congressional candidates currently hold their largest lead in midterm election vote preferences in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 40 years….”
Let’s unpack that incredible statement and put it in the proper perspective. If 1981 was the high water mark for the GOP according to this poll, even though Republicans picked up 54 seats in the U.S. House in 1994 and 63 seats in 2010, how bad then could things get for Democrats in 2022? For President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, it’s a scary question.
But it gets worse - actually much worse. In the fight for control of the U.S. Senate next year, which is currently deadlocked at 50 - 50, there’s big trouble on the horizon for Democrats. Republicans have to defend seats in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida - a tall order indeed - while Democrats are tasked with holding onto seats in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Although Mr. Biden carried six of these states in 2020 and conventional wisdom says that the 2022 Senate map favors Democrats retaining control, both national and state trends are quickly debunking that theory.
In the eight Senate battleground states, Mr. Biden has an approval rating of just 33%. Yes, you read that right. Compare that to Biden’s 41% approve to 53% disapprove rating nationally, and you can almost start to see the tidal wave forming in the distance for the GOP. And what can be worse than a presidential approval rating of 33% in the eight most important states in 2022?
How about a generic congressional ballot in those states that favor Republicans by an eye-popping 23 points, 58% to 35%.
With these overwhelming numbers, it’s not a stretch to say it’s conceivable that Republicans could win the Senate contests in all eight of these states, which would give them a 54 - 46 majority in the Senate going into 2023. With pitiful numbers like these for Biden and the Democrats, it’s clear that a Republican candidate can win in New Hampshire even if their last name isn’t Sununu.
The 2022 midterms are still a year away, so there’s plenty of time for members of Congress facing tough re-elections to take what politicos call “bad votes.” Everyone knows that Democrats Party leaders - Biden, Harris, Pelosi and Schumer - are controlled 100 percent by their radical socialist base. And these zany leftists don’t care about Glenn Youngkin’s shocking victory, the miserable polling data for Democrats, skyrocketing inflation, or inconvenient scores from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). They want socialism in America now - by any means necessary.
So, the stage is set for Democrats in the House and Senate to take more bad votes on Mr. Biden’s socialist wish list legislation. The CBO let it be known that the bill isn’t paid for, exactly the opposite of what Joe Biden has been guaranteeing for months - ad nauseam.
And right on cue, the White House made the calamitous mistake of telling Democrats on the hill to plow forward anyway. By voting in favor of this bill in the face of the current inflation crisis - which is only getting worse - could turn a really bad election night for Democrats in 2022 into an outcome that produces strong Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress for the foreseeable future.
This bill will not only turn inflation into hyperinflation - think Jimmy Carter-era numbers - but also raise taxes and explode our already completely out of control national debt. But it appears Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer will make dozens of swing district Democrats in the House and in-cycle Senators Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Raphael Warnock (G.A.), Mark Kelly (AZ) and Catherine Cortez Masto (N.V.) walk the plank and vote for it anyway.
Rest assured, it doesn’t end with the socialist budget reconciliation bill. Will these vulnerable Democrats be instructed to continue denying the existence of critical race theory and stay silent as concerned moms and dads across the country are targeted as domestic terrorists?
Will they be forced to vote for a blanket amnesty bill and rubberstamp paying illegal immigrants hundreds of thousands for breaking the law? All signs point to yes because unhinged radicals are driving the Democrats’ bus right off the cliff.
The results of next year’s midterm election will have a big say in what kind of country our children and grandchildren will be left with.
We’re about to find out if a coalition of common sense, hardworking, America first voters from across the political spectrum join together to keep the republic Ben Franklin and the founders gave us in 1787.
• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.