Biden doesn’t get it; America voted against him on Election Day

Democrats held the Senate (barely) in the midterm elections, and lost the House, which handles all spending legislation. For the next two years, Republicans will control the agenda and Senate Democrats will have to compromise or face gridlock.

President Biden took a victory lap on Monday while on a trip to Asia. “Electoral deniers at every level, from those who seek to lead our states and those who seek to serve in Congress and those who seek to oversee elections,” the president said in Bali.

Of course, that was a part of it – a very small part.

But that is by no means the whole story. Mr. Biden lost the house — and make no mistake, it was Mr. Biden who lost the house. Why? Because Americans are tired of soaring inflation, skyrocketing food and gas prices, out-of-control crime, and ongoing crises on the southern border.

Now, Republicans didn’t pull off the huge margin predicted by pollsters (how do these guys get it wrong every time?!). But they will take over the House and put the brakes on the President’s runaway spending train.

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The day after the election, a clueless Joe revealed that he had gotten exactly the wrong message from the midterm elections.

“You mentioned that Americans are disappointed,” a reporter said at a White House press briefing. “In fact, 75% of voters say the country is headed in the wrong direction despite last night’s results. What do you plan to do differently in the next two years to change people’s opinion about the direction of the country, especially as you consider running for the 2024 presidential election?

“Nothing, because they’re looking at what we’re doing,” Mr. Biden said. “The more they know about what we’re doing, the more support there is.”

“So, I’m not changing direction,” Mr. Biden said. “I’m not going to change anything in any fundamental way. … we’re just getting started. While the press and pundits predicted a giant red tide, it didn’t happen.

But Joe, you lost. Your party lost the assembly. Of course, the red wave turned pink, but you still lost.

Obviously, he didn’t look at exit polls that show Americans are angry about inflation, but Democrats were able to avoid losses because voters opposed the candidates handpicked by former President Donald Trump, many of whom believed he stole the 2020 election.

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Here’s how the Associated Press puts it: “As grocery, gasoline, housing, food and other costs have risen over the past year, raising the specter of inflation, about half of voters say inflation will significantly affect their vote. The economy was a big concern for voters, with 8 in 10 saying it was in bad shape. A slim majority of voters say Biden’s policies have driven inflation to near 40-year highs.”

Mr. Biden’s approval ratings have been in shambles for months, and a pre-election poll by A{ found that 85% of Americans felt the country was “moving in the wrong direction.”

“The majority of Republicans are unhappy with the direction of the country since the election of Mr. Biden. Democrats have been positive about the way things are going, but now 78% say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Mr. Biden was extremely lucky that his party did not lose 40 seats in the House and five or seven seats in the Senate.

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Despite his crushing defeat in 2020, former President Donald Trump remains the party’s nominal leader. But except in the deepest red states, almost every candidate who supported Mr. Trump lost. And Trump picked big-time losers in winnable races, many of them electoral rejects, that Mr. Trump actually won in 2020. Voters simply said nuh-uh.

Mr. Biden gradually railed against Mr. Trump, saying that democracy would die if Trump-backed candidates won. But that’s not the reason Democrats avoided losses — tough candidates like Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Trump was also the big loser on Tuesday, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was the big winner. But Mr. Biden must understand that he faces Mr. DeSantis — not Mr. Trump — in 2024, and if he doesn’t change something, he’ll be screwed like a bug.

• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.


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