President BidenJoe BidenCawthorn: Biden-to-die vaccine strategy can be used to ‘take’ weapons, bible Trump Jr. calls on Manchin, Tester to oppose Biden’s ATF nominees for money: Biden fires head of Social Security Administration | IRS scandals haunt Biden to get more funding MORE‘s greatest vulnerability is not a single problem. It is the risk that he may be seen as losing control of events.
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The sea of problem also raises efforts for the administration’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The answer to COVID-19 has so far been Biden’s strongest problem. But as the pace of vaccination slows and the highly transferable delta variant becomes dominant, defeat could still be taken from the victory.
Republicans are already sewing these various events together to put forward the argument that Biden is not taking responsibility in the way presidents need to do.
“We see an absolute disaster on every front,” Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz The Hill’s Morning Report: Afghanistan’s Future Now Up to Afghans, Biden says Haley will blunt Youngkin in Virginia. Ted Cruz skips CPAC in Dallas with reference to family commitment MORE (R-Texas) said in a July 1 Fox News interview that he compared Biden to former President Carter, who was thrown so weakly by his opponents and defeated after a single term.
“I think it’s Joe Biden Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterRepublicans seem to be hammering Democrats over gas prices Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, the longest-married presidential couple, Biden’s high-ranking political challenge: Provide infrastructure and please the base MORE 2.0. We are five months into the Biden administration. We already have a gas crisis, gas pipelines, an inflation crisis [and] war in the Middle East, ”Cruz said.
A poll by Economist / YouGov this week showed that the nation was closely divided on whether Biden is a strong or weak leader. Fifty-two percent of the adults said he was strong and 47 percent weak.
Predictably, the president was admired by Democratic voters and mocked by Republicans. But independent broke against Biden, where 50 percent called him weak and only 40 percent saw him as strong.
“All presidents are overwhelmed by events, that’s the job,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “But I think it’s important for presidents to show that they are effective when things go their way and not to give the impression that things are out of control. That’s the last thing voters want, and that’s the danger Biden wants to avoid. ”
Each new president offers a greeting lesson in the dangers of being perceived as driving. Some of the setbacks were the commander – in – chief’s own creation. Others were the actions of God. But the political scarring was important in both ways.
President George W. Bush saw the Iraq war go horribly wrong and was blown up for his response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
President Obama was blamed by some voters for the slow recovery from the Great Recession. He also faced questions – including from his older daughter Malia, he said – about his inability to stop the oil spill from Deepwater Horizon, which dragged on for nearly five months in 2010.
President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump Jr. calls on Manchin, Tester to oppose Biden’s ATF nominee Photos of the week: Trump, fireworks and Kermit the Frog On The Money: Biden fires head of Social Security Administration | IRS scandals haunt Biden to get more funding MOREfailure to counter the pandemic was probably the biggest single factor behind his failure to win re-election. Voters who had seen their daily lives so drastically curtailed were at a disadvantage in giving a president another term that had suggested they might inject themselves with bleach.
It all points back to President Truman’s maximum: When you’re behind the desk in the Oval Office, bucks stop there – right or otherwise.
“Every president faces challenges, and they are judged by whether they stand up to meet them,” said GOP consultant Alex Conant. “Americans want real leaders to sit behind the Resolute Desk. When the president does not understand a situation, it fears the public. ”
Biden, who has spent his entire adult life in national politics, is well aware of this story – and of the efforts of his presidency.
On Thursday, he defended the withdrawal from Afghanistan in harsh and sometimes irritating terms.
There is “zero” valid comparison between the chaotic American withdrawal from Vietnam and what is going on now, he said.
But the tough questions will only intensify if the Taliban regains power.
According to The New York Times, the militant movement has taken control of 150 of Afghanistan’s 421 districts in just over two months. The Taliban are now claiming control of 85 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, according to a Reuters report on Friday.
Immigration and crime also require attention.
Biden has tried to hand over the immigration issue to Vice President Harris, who has struggled with it. Her June trip to Mexico and Guatemala became embroiled in controversy over her rhetoric and her refusal – remedied shortly after – to visit the border.
But the bigger question is how the Biden administration can curb the flow of migrants. Customs and border protection agents encountered about 180,000 attempts to cross the southwestern border in May, the highest number in more than 20 years.
Crime has become a far more politically prominent issue in the last few months, though murder rates began to rise last year while Trump was still in power.
Murders and shootings have continued their rise this year and confuse the political calculation. A report by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, based on data from 63 cities, showed that homicides rose nearly 30 percent in the first quarter of this year.
Biden has tried to get his arms around the subject, but given the discontinued nature of law enforcement, his options are limited. In a major speech on the subject delivered at the end of last month, he focused mostly on restricting the trade in junk weapons and encouraging local authorities to use COVID-19 relief funds to hire more law enforcement personnel.
There are other concerns as well, including the growing threat from ransomware attacks and smoldering concerns about inflation.
The idea of weakness is certainly a perception that may come out of the range of domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the Biden administration – a claim that the president himself is not as fully committed as he could be, and that the problems we face are getting worse rather than better, “said the political consultant and pollster Douglas shoesDouglas Schoen Winners and losers in the mini-war between Israel and Hamas on Sunday show – Focus shifts to prosecution hearing Bloomberg poll: Candidate’s campaign will focus on climate change, weapons, education and income inequality MORE. “It’s not a security, but it’s a possibility.”
It is certainly important not to underestimate Biden or exaggerate his difficulties.
His approval ratings have been solid and largely stable since he took office. The administration easily met the challenge in terms of logistics at the initial rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. And most importantly, the economy has been strong.
The latest data showed that 850,000 jobs were added in June – a robust figure that weakened the argument, heard primarily from conservative commentators, that overly generous unemployment benefits discouraged people from looking for work.
But the president’s difficulties are many. Combined and unaddressed, they add a general sense of chaos that offers an inviting goal to its opponents.
The note is a reported column by Niall Stanage.