Republicans savor Biden’s troubles, eye congressional takeover

“Heating costs are up, grocery costs are up, and you have a president talking about spending all that extra money and focusing on voting,” he said. “People asked me 23 different things, and the vote ended last.”

Some top Republican lawmakers and strategists say that with Mr. Biden’s numbers down and his policies floundering, he’s doing their job for them.

“When your opponents hang themselves, don’t cut the cord, and that’s what we see Democrats doing here,” said Jeff Roe, the founder of Axiom Strategies, a political consulting firm that worked for the governor. Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin. and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, both Republicans. “All we have to do is stay away.”

Republicans on Capitol Hill point to the withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer — a tumultuous period in which a suicide bombing at Kabul airport killed 13 US service members — as the turning point for a once popular administration. Internal Republican polls showed Mr Biden losing six percentage points in his approval rating at the time, a drop he failed to reverse.

“Republicans have a lot of big, deep issues, but Democrats have been so bad that it’s been very easy to ignore them,” said Brendan Buck, former adviser to the last two Republican Speakers of the House, Paul D. Ryan. and John A. Boehner. Republicans are still grappling with culture wars and populism that can pose serious long-term demographic challenges, he said, but for now, Democrats have overshadowed those cracks.

Mr McCarthy, who is expected to be president if Republicans win the House, has been increasingly optimistic about the prospect, predicting that 70 seats held by Democrats will be competitive.

There are positives for Mr. Biden. Democrats view his opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice as a chance to change direction and a time for him to claim a high-profile victory. Mr Biden pointed to the 3.9% unemployment rate as part of the recovery he promised Americans, and its main collaborators underlined that he has overseen the strongest economic growth in decades.

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