[Ed. – Only to those wearing blinders who believe the crisis in Afghanistan is over.]
Joe Biden’s approval ratings have dropped to new lows in the latest polls. His net approval is basically zero — 50-50 in the latest CBS poll and 49-48 in NBC’s. Politico’s Monday story began with the predictable overwrought declaration “President Joe Biden’s honeymoon with the American people is over.”
Is it? For Biden’s first six months in office, he seemed to be leading a charmed life. The pandemic was winding down, the recovery was on track, and the very narrow legislative majority in both houses paradoxically worked in Biden’s favor. The usual circular firing squad on the Democratic side was suspended for the duration. Party voting discipline prevailed.
In March, Biden managed to get the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act through Congress on a straight party-line vote using the budget reconciliation process, and vowed to come back for trillions more in the fiscal year 2022 reconciliation.