Electoralism/Democratism

Democrats’ confidence ahead of midterm elections buoyed by string of legislative wins

by David M. Drucker, Senior Political CorrespondentWashington Examiner

Democrats were hopeful that a flurry of legislative victories notched 100 days out from the midterm elections would stabilize President Joe Biden’s political standing and boost the party’s dire 2022 prospects.

Congress approved bipartisan legislation to counter China and increase the domestic manufacturing of microchips, while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reached a long-sought-after agreement on a social spending and climate bill that would raise corporate taxes. Senate Republicans, blindsided by the surprise reconciliation deal, responded by stalling the passage of a popular bill to provide aid to military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.

Democrats were hopeful that a flurry of legislative victories notched 100 days out from the midterm elections would stabilize President Joe Biden’s political standing and boost the party’s dire 2022 prospects.

Congress approved bipartisan legislation to counter China and increase the domestic manufacturing of microchips, while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reached a long-sought-after agreement on a social spending and climate bill that would raise corporate taxes. Senate Republicans, blindsided by the surprise reconciliation deal, responded by stalling the passage of a popular bill to provide aid to military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.

Democrats have been down in the dumps about an impending Republican electoral wave driven by Biden’s tanking job approval ratings, record-high inflation, and the onset of a recession. But after a week of unexpected legislative movement, and what some political observers believe was an unforced error by Senate Republicans when they blocked passage of the veterans aid bill, even the most dejected Democratic operatives were freshly optimistic about the fall campaign.

“A win is a win,” said Democratic strategist Dane Strother. He conceded it was too early to tell how much Biden and congressional Democrats would benefit from these latest developments in Washington. But at the very least, Strother predicted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) decision to delay the passage of the veterans aid bill would haunt Republicans.

“The fact that Mitch McConnell gave us fodder when they voted against veterans? He doesn’t often make mistakes, and he just did,” Strother said. “I can guarantee you: Voting against veterans will be in my TV ads.”

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