President Joe Biden took two large losses Thursday that doubtless would be the closing nails within the coffin of the massive and hopeful agenda that Democrats had been relying on as we velocity into the 2022 election season from hell.
First, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat, introduced that though she helps the voting rights invoice, she’s not keen to do what it could take to make it occur. The filibuster. I’m speaking about killing the filibuster.
This got here solely two days after the president made such an impassioned speech in help of knocking off the filibuster that Republicans primarily referred to as it offensive. And even one Democratic senator mentioned Biden, who pledged a 12 months in the past to unite Americans, went too far within the speech.
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Former President Barack Obama even got here out of political retirement to write down his first opinion piece since leaving workplace concerning the significance of defending voting rights. He mentioned, on this USA TODAY Opinion piece, that it’s time for Democrats to do one thing, something, to guard democracy.
Sinema didn’t get the memo.
Then, President Joe barely had time to shake off Sinema’s physique slam Thursday afternoon when the U.S. Supreme Court knocked him down once more.
The court docket dominated that the Biden administration would not have the authority to pressure employers to require that employees both need to be vaccinated or bear common testing for COVID. The employer mandate was a key a part of Biden’s try and get management of a pandemic that has confirmed to be uncontrollable.
Basically, if voter suppression and serving to unfold the newest COVID variant are in your to-do record, now could be your time to shine. Too unhealthy for Democrats and Biden’s agenda, his shine is carrying off.
And these newest setbacks land at precisely the incorrect time for an administration reeling from complicated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointers, provide chain shortages that will not finish, the very best inflation fee because the early days of the Reagan presidency, and an approval ranking that makes former President Donald Trump appear like the preferred child in class.
So what’s subsequent? What different losses can this administration take? I feel we’ll see that reply quickly sufficient when voters end up for the 2022 midterm.
To put into context how unhealthy issues are for Biden, my sister texted me Wednesday: “He’s a failure.”
And that was earlier than Sinema and the Supremes had their say.
Louie Villalobos is a member of the Editorial Board and an editor at USA TODAY Opinion. Follow him on Twitter: @louievillalobos
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