Itâs the best of times and the worst of times for the American Right. President Bidenâs approval rating is the worst it has ever been and the Republicans stand a good chance of recapturing Congress in the midterms [Bidenâs approval ratings have plummeted, and that could spell trouble for Democrats in Congress, by Christina Wilkie, CNBC, August 24, 2021]. But the GOP is confused, leaderless, benefitting from simply not being Democrats. Itâs an opportunity for someone who dares to cross the political Rubicon, especially by emphasizing the escalating immigration disaster . Unfortunately, thereâs no obvious candidate.
Itâs not just the Afghanistan catastrophe that has Biden underwater. Inflation is rising, illegal immigration is out of control, and it appears we even have variants not just of viruses, but terrorist groups [ISIS Branch Poses Biggest Immediate Terror Threat to Evacuation in Kabul, by Eric Schmitt, New York Times, August 26, 2021]. The Europeans who feared a foreign policy fiasco under President Trump are furious with Biden [Anger And Consternation From Europeans Watching Afghanistan Fall To The Taliban, by Eleanor Beardsley, NPR, August 16, 2021]. And the Democratsâ hopes of passing a massive infrastructure bill rest on Senate moderates like Krysten Sinema, who has already said she wonât vote for it [Sinema: I simply wonât back a $3.5T spending bill, by Burgess Everett, Politico, August 23, 2021].
Further, Democrats are split on the issue of crime, with an open break between many Democratic politicians and Black Lives Matter after every Senate Democrat voted against defunding the police [Senate Democrats unfazed by GOP police funding proposal, by Alan Fram, AP, August 11, 2021]. That may help with fearful white suburban voters but wonât be good for progressive turnout. Even the attempt to exploit for political gain the January 6 Mostly Peaceful Protest seems strained when the FBI admits there wasnât much evidence of coordination. In short, America is not back.