Democratic Party officials warn that President Biden’s reservoir of goodwill with the base would evaporate if he fails to make progress on voting rights, climate change and student debt — issues that animate grassroots activists who are key to keeping the party in power in next year’s midterm elections.
For the moment,
“I think people generally are pleased to see a lot of action taking place, especially on combating COVID and [sending] COVID relief and looking beyond the pandemic,” said
“Certainly activists are pleased to see that Biden is sort of tacking everything head-on, and not waiting, or allowing things to be slowed down.”
The real test,
“Everyday people, no matter what their affiliation or where they come from, are seeing that this administration is treating their concerns with respect and humility and empathy,” he said. “Help is already here and it is continuing to come and I think at the end of the day that is what people feel and remember.”
The challenge facing
“In some ways this horrible voter suppression law — it is galvanizing and motivating. It is providing a lot of motivation for people to keep at it,”
Democratic officials in battleground states also say Mr. Biden’s low-key style hits home with voters after four years of Mr. Trump’s bold, no-holds-barred style of governing.
“He has governed the exact way we thought he would,” said
Mr. Biden’s signature legislative achievement, the
Perhaps more than anything,
“What we are confronted with here is a totally left-wing administration with a slight majority in the House and a 50-50
It is a rhetorical preview of the battle to come in the midterm elections that will serve as a referendum on Mr. Biden’s first two years in office.
Of the 34 sets up for grabs,
Plus, retirements in at least two states —
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