Joe Biden’s No Good, Very Bad 24 Hours

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President Joe Biden on Thursday suffered tremendous setbacks to his agenda in a 24-hour period, placing Democrats in a precarious position heading into the 2022 midterms.

While congressional Democrats are searching for an agenda with which to galvanize constituents into action during an election year, Biden, whose approval rating is pegged at 33 percent, has failed to deliver substantial wins for the party to champion.

Biden’s last 24 hours saw inflation continuing to grow at record rates, the 60-vote filibuster threshold surviving the Senate, election integrity measures remaining intact, and the Supreme Court blocking his Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate.

Biden and his administration responded to Thursday’s setbacks with doubled-down promises and renewed excuses.

Thursday morning, the Producer Price Index, a metric that measures the price of goods businesses sell, increased a record 9.7 percent in 2021, the largest year-long rise since 2010. In a statement, Biden said the inflationary numbers show families are hurting under his presidency and promised to tamp down the pain.

“At the same time, this report underscores that we still have more work to do,” Biden said, “with price increases still too high and squeezing family budgets.”

When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the terrible inflation numbers, she acknowledged it was Biden’s fault.

“The President has spoken to the fact that costs for Americans and the squeeze that puts on Americans is a top concern for him,” she said. “I think any president should own everything happening in the country. And the President certainly sees it that way.”

After the inflation report, Biden met with Democrat senators for lunch to speak about terminating the filibuster. But as he did so, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) torpedoed the effort in public statements.

Standing in the Capitol building, Biden promised he will continue to fight to kill the filibuster.

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