Republican voters, along with a large number of independents, are deeply disappointed by the Biden administration’s agenda and the Democratic-controlled Congress. As a result, many polls indicate that the GOP is poised to take control of at least one chamber of Congress, effectively making President Joe Biden a lame duck for the remainder of his term in the White House.
As the midterm elections rapidly approach, however, Biden and other prominent Democrats are doing their best to rally voters in an effort to stave off a blowout Republican victory in November and maintain as much power as possible on Capitol Hill.
In a speech this week, Biden stressed the importance of preventing a GOP majority in the House or Senate. He addressed just over two dozen donors at a Democratic National Committee event in Boston on Monday and asserted that his administration’s policy goals are on the line.
Biden at a DNC fundraiser in Boston: “This is a really important off year election… If we lose the House and we lose the Senate it's going to be a really difficult two years. I'll be spending more time with the veto pen than getting anything done.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 12, 2022
“If we lose the House and we lose the Senate it’s going to be a really difficult two years,” he said, predicting that he would “be spending more time with the veto pen than getting anything done.”
Of course, his forecast of a stalled agenda might have done as much to excite Republicans as it did to motivate Democratic voters. For her part, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reacted to the latest Biden fundraiser with a harsh assessment of his term in office thus far.
“The only place Joe Biden can find an approval rating that isn’t completely underwater is a DNC fundraiser,” she said. “Maybe that’s why he spends so much time with liberal elites, bailing out their student debt and subsidizing their luxury vehicles.”
Meanwhile, McDaniel noted that ordinary Americans are facing “rampant crime and runaway prices” even as the White House “remains focused on an out-of-touch and divisive agenda … that benefits the wealthy while struggling Americans pay more.”
Using the latest poll numbers available, analysts at FiveThirtyEight indicate that the GOP has about a 74% chance of regaining control of the House while Democrats are favored to maintain a Senate majority.
While Republicans have been laser-focused on the economy as a pathway to midterm victory, some conservatives believe the party needs to expand its messaging in order to reach as many voters as possible.
As Heritage Action for America Executive Director Jessica Anderson advised: “It is too narrowly focused and it’s thoughtless if you think that the mom who is filling up her gas tank isn’t the same mom who is caring about her kids’ school and making sure that [critical race theory] isn’t part of her kids’ curriculum. That mom is faced with both sets of issues, cultural and economic, and so elected officials need to meet voters where they’re at.”