Democrats have national power, but Trump’s conservatives are thriving
Their aggressive measures on immigration, easing gun restrictions, targeting social media giants and adding restrictive voting laws seem designed to appeal to the ex-president and, more importantly again, to tap into its base of support as they prepare for reelection races that could seamlessly merge into 2024 White House runs.
Meanwhile, Republican-led state legislatures are drafting and passing a host of election laws that discriminate against Democratic voters and threaten non-partisan electoral certifications. The changes from Arizona to Texas and Michigan to Florida all hinge on Trump’s lies that last year’s election was stolen.
As GOP elected officials implement Trump-branded policies even without him in the Oval Office, the consequences of his presidency are felt as the new conservative majority in the Supreme Court shows its colors.
A challenge for Biden
The strength of America First’s policies in the red half of the United States underscores the country’s yawning political divide, as it comes at a time when Biden is more popular than Trump has ever been nationally. With an approval rating of around 50%, the president has so far appeared to retain a grip on the political middle ground that helped him defeat Trump last November.
“Over the past year, we’ve been through some of our darkest days,” Biden said at a White House party on Sunday.
“Now I truly believe … that we are on the verge of seeing our brightest future,” he added.
The success of GOP policymaking outside Washington puts even more pressure on Democrats in the White House and Capitol Hill to make the most of what could be a narrow window of power ahead of the mid-election. – mandate next year to adopt one of the most ambitious party platforms in decades. .
Biden is seeking swift action on his bipartisan infrastructure deal with the Republicans – a promise kept to voters who have endorsed his vow to bridge partisan divisions.
The second bill would include many measures defined by the White House as “human infrastructure,” including home health care for sick and elderly Americans, and it would likely be funded by an increase in tax rates. companies.
The bill has the potential to be one of the most transformative social pieces of legislation passed in years and could significantly tip the balance of the economy towards less well-off Americans – a process initiated by the bill. $ 1.9 trillion rescue package for Biden in the event of a pandemic. With its practical and ideological impact, the measure would be more than a match for the conservative political engine roaring in the states. But Biden must pass it first.
Abbott and DeSantis lead the charge
One question that will be answered over the next two years is whether the Republicans’ plunge – which delights the party base – will further alienate suburban voters who deserted Trump in 2020. At the same time, if Biden can Keeping his agenda promises, he could not only excite his grassroots voters – whom Democrats badly need to run in droves halfway through – it could also validate his own appeal to centrist voters and even anti-Trump Republicans.
The enthusiasm with which Republicans extend Trump’s political legacy is an early indicator that, whether or not the ex-president runs in 2024, his political legacy will again be on the ballot.
In Texas, for example, Abbott is leading the charge among Republicans seeking to paint a nation in crisis, riddled with crime and plagued by a tide of undocumented migrants in an attempt to hurt the Biden presidency.
“Mr. President, things have changed so quickly and so drastically under the Biden administration. It has been unbelievable and disastrous,” Abbott told Trump last week when the twice-impeached ex-commander-in-chief took over. traveled to Texas to accompany the governor on a trip to the US-Mexico border.
Abbott recalled the state legislature for a special session in a new attempt to pass restrictive voting laws. Democrats first succeeded in blocking the bills by leaving the floor to deprive Republicans of the quorum necessary to vote.
bidding at the border
Abbott’s border game has not gone unnoticed by other potential rivals in the GOP presidential primary.
He has perhaps made the most progress of any potential 2024 presidential candidate not named Donald Trump in aligning himself with the issues that electrify the party.
But the Florida governor showed skill in putting politics aside when Biden visited the bereaved relatives of the victims of the condominium collapse near Miami, potentially showing he could carve out a job for himself. more moderate appeal.
DeSantis doesn’t just implement policies Trump might like. He also appears to be trying to step out of the shadow of the former president, who once viewed him as a protégé – a potential cause of future tensions between the two.
The governor of Florida, for example, recently signed a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from participating in female sports. GOP strategists see the problem as a bigger problem than their own roots as the midterm elections loom. He has also been praised by voters who believe Trump has been “canceled” by social media platforms.
It’s a record that makes DeSantis an emerging hero of the conservative movement – and a key player in escalating the ideological battle that will help define Biden’s presidency and the fate of the next two national elections.