A truly awful week for Joe Biden

This is a week President Joe Biden would like to forget. But Republicans won’t let that happen anytime soon.

Consider the body blows he took this week:
1. The US ended its military presence in Afghanistan on Tuesday. While Biden spoke several times this week in an attempt to spin the withdrawal, the suicide bomber who took 13 American military lives last week and those of at least 170 其他, coupled with the overall chaos of the pullout, reflected very poorly on him and his administration.
    2. The economyplagued by the coronavirus Delta variantstalled badly last month. 只是 235,000 jobs were created in August, the lowest number in more than six months. (Economists had expected more than 700,000 jobs to be created in August.)

      3. 它的. 乔·曼钦, a critical moderate Democrat from West Virginia, said Thursday that he believed his party needed to take a strategic pause in its efforts to pass a $ 3.5 trillion stimulus package that Biden has cast as necessary to lift the country out of the economic hole Covid-19 dug for it. Without Manchin on board, Democrats lack the 50 votes they need to pass the stimulus bill unless and until they can convince a Republican senator to cross the aisle, 哪一个, 之一, isn’t likely.
        4. A new national poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist showed Biden’s overall job approval dipping to just 43%, 与 51% disapproving. Even more worrisome for Biden? The percentage of peoplestronglydisapproving of how he is doing the job (41%) 是 more than double the number (19%) “stronglyapproving of his job performance.
        Any oneor twoof those developments would make for a bad week for ANY president. All four at once equal a truly awful week.
          拜登, as his allies will note, still has plenty of time to rebound before the 2022 中期选举, when his party will try to hold its narrow majorities in the House and Senate.
            But a week like this has a tendency to linger in the political ether. Biden has to find ways to change the subject to more friendly political territory — 喜欢, 说, 的 abortion decision from the Supreme Court 本星期.
            重点: Every president has a week or two during their terms where everything, 它似乎, goes wrong. 但, very fewat least ones that get reelectedhave more than one or two.

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