WASHINGTON – Shortly after his meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy signaled renewed efforts with an aggressive fundraising text aimed at his host, the president.
“I have just met with the corrupt Joe Biden and he is STILL planning to push his radical socialist agenda on the American people,” the text said.
McCarthy and other Republicans said internal party squabbles, including the drama surrounding Liz Cheney, distracted them from presenting a united front against Biden and his big spending plans.
Now that Cheney has been expelled from the Republican leadership of Congress, the GOP and its allies are resuming attacks on Biden on issues such as immigration, wealth taxation, foreign policy and the 78-year-old man̵
But a number of factors, analysts say, have stopped these attempts by Republicans so far – and could have prevented Republicans from striking a lasting blow.
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For more than three months in office, Biden has enjoyed approval ratings of more than 50%, and opinion polls show support for his ambitious spending plans, which include the already approved COVID $ 1.9 trillion relief bill and the proposed plan for jobs and infrastructure for $ 2.3 trillion.
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The success or failure of Republicans in tarnishing Biden and his team could determine whether they win the Congress again in 2022 and the White House in 2024. The story is on their side: Midterm elections often see control of Congress changing hands.
Former President Donald Trump, deprived of Twitter and other social media but still seen by many as the country’s most powerful Republican voice, recently increased his production of written statements, with many attacking his successor on various issues.
Many voters have already decided on Biden, and intensified Republican attacks may not resonate – especially if more people return to work, inflation is checked and the economy recovers after the COVID pandemic.
Lara Brown, director of the George Washington University School of Political Management, said at the moment most Americans “approve of President Biden’s work and believe the country is on the right track.”
“It’s hard for Republicans to make noise and anger the public,” she said, “when most are happy or optimistic about the future.”
Republicans have had little success demonizing Biden with independent voters because so many people think they know him, analysts say.
On the one hand, the current president has been part of American politics for more than half a century. A senator from Delaware for more than three decades, Biden has participated in many high-profile hearings and debates in Congress. He later served eight years as Vice President Barack Obama.
After winning the Democratic presidential nomination last year, Biden garnered more than 80 million votes to free Trump – despite the fact that Trump and his Republican allies lobbied for ongoing allegations of abuse of Biden and his son Hunter, as well as attacks on Biden’s fitness. to hold office.
Some of these attacks continued during Biden’s presidency, but to no avail.
Recent opinion polls show that Biden enjoys an approval rating of more than 50%. The average survey, compiled by Real Clear Politics, gave Biden an average job approval rating of 54.2%.
The main figures in these polls show a common theme: Republicans generally dislike Biden, and Democrats still strongly support him, including those who supported more liberal candidates like Bernie Sanders in last year’s election.
Everyone else has a generally positive view of the president, who presents himself as a product of the work environment in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a practical politician willing to work with Republicans on legislation to help Americans.
“There’s nothing new (Republicans) to change anyone’s mind,” said Patrick Murray, director of the University of Monmouth’s independent polling institute.
But many Republicans believe Americans will become increasingly dissatisfied with record levels of government spending and debt, the increasingly crowded U.S.-Mexican border, and new rules and regulations promulgated by the Democratic Congress and the Biden administration.
While vowing to work with the Biden administration on the infrastructure bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Also said he was “hopeful” that “we can do some things on a bipartisan basis, but they missed a rather difficult left-wing start. “
“We have no intention of participating in turning America into a left, any vision of Bernie Sanders of what this country should be like,” McConnell told Fox News after a meeting between Biden and congressional leaders.
Conservative groups are also stepping up campaigns against Biden and his spending proposals.
The Americans for Prosperity is preparing advertisements for competitive chamber elections in states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia. These states are also the ones Biden took away from Trump in the 2020 election, giving him the chance to win the Electoral College.
Some Republican critics have reproduced Biden’s age and his accidental distorted syntax. But this strategy has also been achieved with limited success. Some of the attacks reflect those that Trump made in 2020 against Sleepy Joe, and they also seem to have little impact.
“Trump has never found a clear way to mark Biden, and Republicans continue to fight after the election,” said Republican strategist Alex Conant.
He added: “The main angle of criticism of the Conservatives is the age of Biden. But no one is afraid of his grandfather.”
Republicans said they were distracted in the Biden case because of a lack of rapprochement, including internal differences over what to do with Trump.
Some have accused Cheney, the former speaker of the Republican Conference of Parliament, who has strongly said that the party should pass by Trump and stop repeating his lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him. These false allegations sparked the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol, an incident that Democrats are sure to use against Republicans when elections are held.
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The Republican House voted Wednesday to downgrade Cheney from her role as a third-ranked Republican. She said it would be difficult for the GP to sue Biden and his agenda if it continued to cover Trump and his conspiracy theories.
“In order to be as effective as possible in fighting these things, our party must be based on the truth,” Cheney told NBC News.
Republican whip house Steve Scalis, R-La., Who backed Cheney’s demotion, said voters were increasingly disappointed with Biden and Democrats. Scalis told Fox News that he saw “very serious concerns about the direction the Socialist Democrats are taking us” and that “Biden has adopted this far-left Bernie Sanders program.”
“People don’t want this to become a socialist nation, but you can still see how far they are going,” Scalis said.
As they seek to regain control of Congress, Republicans believe history is on their side. They succeeded in the 1994 and 2010 congressional elections, the first deadlines for Democrat Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Both previous presidents are more polarized than Biden, analysts say, and Republicans have benefited greatly from specific hotkey issues over the years: Democratic health care proposals.
The success of the attacks on Biden may also depend on overarching factors, especially the state of the economy, analysts say. A mass event could also shake politics, as it did on September 11, on the eve of the 2002 elections.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for Republicans is that they are missing something Biden has: the White House megaphone to advertise and denigrate their opponents.
“It’s always difficult to generate a unifying message when the party is out of power,” said GOP sociologist Whit Ayres.