Analysis: This was the week Democrats realized how bad 2022 could be 2022-04-29 17:30:40


But this week it felt like the moment Democrats — from President Joe Biden onwards — realized just how bad things look there.

Consider these two headlines, which aired on CNN on Thursday and Friday, respectively:

The tale that these two stories tell is about a Democratic party that lacks the votes to revive its signature legislation (Build Back Better) and lacks the initiative or will — at least for the time being — to coalesce around an agreed-upon message they can sell to the American public.

This lack of guidance could not come at a worse time for Democrats.

And the news this week that the GDP decreased at an annual rate of 1.4% Between January and March – a stark reversal of the 6.9% GDP growth the US recorded in the last quarter of 2021 – it was an absolute heartbreak for a party and administration trying hard to convince the public that the economy is strengthening.
And on Friday word came that the PCE price index, a metric the Federal Reserve looks at to gauge inflation, was by 6.6% for the year ending in March. This was the largest increase in 40 years.
It all comes down to where Biden is still mired in the polls in the low 40s. to me GallupOn average, 41% of Americans approved of Biden’s job performance in the first quarter of 2022.

There is still, of course, time to change the political environment. (We are less than 200 days away from the elections.)

But major shifts — particularly in how people perceive the relative strength or weakness of the economy — take time. There is no sign of a shift at the moment.

the point: 2022 has always been a difficult election for the Democrats due to their narrow majorities in the House and Senate. But the way the year ended — and the apparent lack of any clear message from Democrats — could portend an absolute loss for them.