President Joe Biden he pretended to be forgetful.
“Who is that governor?” He responded when asked about Ron DeSantis, the Florida Republican and presidential aspirations – if Donald Trump gave way and blessed him – which has become the great challenge of conservatives against federal recommendations to tackle the delta variant of the virus, which grows and grows and already causes more than 100,000 infections a day.
As if it were February again, especially, in republican states and less immunization rate.
The dispute escalated when Biden asked DeSantis and his Texan colleague, Greg Abbott, that, if they were not going to do anything against the pandemic and were dedicated to putting obstacles with masks and vaccines, the best they could do. it was to step aside and allow the federal government to work.
DeSantis was offended. He said he would not accept advice from a president who promised to end the virus, but that “he has opened the southern border” and that, according to him, is the focus of spread. Undocumented immigrants and scapegoats for other people’s ambitions. Biden then replied as if that governor were nobody.
“I’m not surprised that you don’t remember me. I guess the question is ‘What else has been forgotten?’ “, said the one from Florida again, clearly alluding to the fact that the president is a gaga grandfather, which delights the Trumpistas.
The verbal conflict with DeSantis, despite showing the total lack of harmony with a part of the United States, has not been the most negative for Biden in recent days. In truth, that rhetorical warmongering is within partisan calculations. However, the scene changes when fire is friendly.
“The worst week of his long term”Chris Cillizza argued on CNN. “They have been the most critical days since he assumed the presidency,” he specified, and not only considering the enormous rebound in covid.
“Biden’s honeymoon is over and he knows it”Thomas Edsall argued in The New York Times. “The first seven months of Joe Biden’s presidency have been easy compared to what lies ahead,” Edsall stressed.
The Senate continued this Saturday taking steps towards the great bipartisan infrastructure pact, a bet of the president that reaches 1.2 trillion dollars. And on Friday he appeared at the White House after a very positive labor report. About a million jobs were created in July.
Faced with this good work result, Biden put out his chest, although he clarified that it was not time for celebration because the expansion of the covid can still derail the economy.
All this happens when its popularity has dropped twelve points compared to May. The Quinnipiac University poll gave him a 53% approval rating, a notable slippage that comes with little consolation that Donald Trump was always below and never approached such high digits.
In another CNBC poll, 53% endorsed their handling of the economy, nine points less, while in the management of the pandemic it remained at 42%, a fall of four units.
There is an issue, which comes from behind and has been reinforced this summer. Many Democrats lament that Biden is reproducing the most terrible schemes that his predecessor applied with the undocumented who cross the border: incarcerations increase and mass expulsions continue with the health excuse and express deportations.
To all this, the infrastructure plan faces the danger that be the democrats who objects. His will is that this plan be accompanied by the approval of another, that of human infrastructures.
In these new polls, in addition, two issues are included that have placed Biden on the bullseye even of his own. The recommendation to retrieve the mask, A symbol of political division and also an image of dark times, it has provoked the rejection of DeSantis and other conservative governors, but it has also created confusion among progressives.
However, what has brought to light the schism between the White House and Congressional Democrats it has been something that affects millions of citizens.
Last Sunday, millions of Americans they woke up with the threat of staying on the street, having expired the moratorium that, due to the health crisis, protected the unpaid from eviction. There was a cross of reproaches.
Biden noted that a June Supreme Court ruling prevented them from renewing that moratorium. Congress made him ugly that he waited until the last minute to ask for their help.
Cori Bush, a left-wing legislator with homeless experience before she became a politician, camped out on the steps of the Capitol. Biden had to back down. He accepted an extension until October. Now it’s the Republicans who throw their hands at their heads. “How can a president give the green light to something unconstitutional?”