Biden limits damage in midterm elections

Biden limits damage in midterm elections
Biden limits damage in midterm elections

Biden limits damage in midterm elections

Amid expectations that he will suffer a setback, US President Joe Biden appears to have limited the damage in the midterm elections, but it remains to be seen how far that will be enough to give him a boost into 2024 or beyond.

The 79-year-old Democrat, who throughout his campaign continued to harden his rhetoric against the (extreme) Republicans, supporters of his predecessor Donald Trump, reached out on election night to Democrats who have won certain positions, whether as governor, Members of the House of Representatives or Elders.

“Including the people I’ve met this year,” he tweeted, along with a picture of himself on the phone as if to take credit for the wins.

Biden’s former spokeswoman Jane Psaki, who became a commentator at MSNBC after calling her former colleagues, said his teams were “amazed and delighted.”

sensitive phase

If recent trends are confirmed — meaning Democrats will only give Republicans a slim majority in the House of Representatives — while the Senate keeps watching, Joe Biden will be refuted by pollsters who said he was a loser with his party.

And despite soaring inflation, falling popularity, and violent attacks from Donald Trump, he may be in a better position than former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, who had poor results in the midterm elections. But Joe Biden is still approaching a delicate phase.

In an America where partisan divisions are deeper than ever, will he be able to reconcile his long experience as a Senator and his centrist beliefs with Republicans?

But nothing is certain and he could face prolonged parliamentary paralysis with endless battles over stillborn bills.

It also remains to be seen to what extent the Conservative Party, which has promised a tough parliamentary strategy, will stick to this line.

Achieving even a narrow majority in the House of Representatives confers great oversight authority, and the right has promised to use it to launch a series of investigations into Joe Biden, his performance and his circles.

For example, during one session, re-elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green vowed to open the files of Hunter Biden, the president’s youngest son and weak point, whose history was marred by addiction problems.

The Republican Party accuses him of using his father’s political influence to do business with China and Ukraine.

All eyes are on 2024

“I will lead the fight so that my party in particular does not fail,” one Donald Trump supporter wrote in a statement.

If the Republican Party wins a majority in the House of Representatives, it will also have influence on the budget. There could be a “shutdown” – a paralysis of the federal administration – or even a default of the largest world power.

It will also take some time before the outcome is known in the powerful Senate.

Beyond that, the most important question for Joe Biden and the Democrats is the 2024 presidential election.

So far, the US President has said he wants to run and is left with no choice as he threatens to lose all his political credit immediately. But this prospect does not excite public opinion, not even Democrats, given the age of the president, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in a few days.

Trump has previously hinted that he could announce his candidacy on November 15 in Florida.

His Democratic rival will be very far away as he departs on Friday as part of a diplomatic marathon that took him to the COP27 summit in Egypt, Cambodia to the ASEAN summit and then to Indonesia to attend the G-20 summit. Whether Joe Biden will make his intentions clear for 2024 is currently not foreseeable.

Despite accelerating inflation, declining popularity and violent attacks from Donald Trump, Biden could be in a better position than former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, who had poor results in the midterm elections. With endless battles over stillborn bills, Biden could face ongoing parliamentary paralysis.

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