Can Democrats avoid a wipeout in 2022?

Can Democrats avoid a wipeout in 2022?
Joe Biden (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The short answer, David Price’s optimism notwithstanding, is no.]

The good news for Democrats who watched Joe Biden unveil a historically ambitious agenda last night is that newly elected presidents have almost always passed some version of their core economic plan—particularly when their party controls both congressional chambers, as Biden’s does now.

The bad news: Voters have almost always punished the president’s party in the next midterm election anyway. The last two times Democrats had unified control—with Bill Clinton in 1993–94 and Barack Obama in 2009–10—they endured especially resounding repudiations in the midterms, which cost Clinton his majority in both chambers and Obama the loss of the House.

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“There’s a very different strategy this time,” David Price, a Democratic representative from North Carolina … told me. “There’s an openness now to the sense that a bolder plan, ironically, might have greater appeal for independents and others we need to attract. …

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