ニューヨーク担当者. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
, a prominent liberal
, wasn’t backing down either
. “We need to be real
: Are we going to deliver universal pre-K to this country or not
. “Are we going to expand health care to our seniors and include vision and dental or not
? Are we going to invest in housing
… か否か? That’s what we need to know.
Here’s the problem for Democrats: They are in charge of every lever of governance. They control both houses of Congress. They control the White House.
Voters know those facts. そして, if the past is prologue, have an expectation that Democrats will, したがって、, be able to get things done for the country.
(Sidebar: The nitty gritty of this situation is far more complicated, with consolidated Republican opposition and the very narrow Democratic majorities making it very difficult to pass much of anything. But the average voter either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about those caveats.)
Not getting things done then has a very clear political impact
. ほとんど 9 に 10 有権者 (88%) said that the federal government making
“a significant investment in improving infrastructure
” was either
“非常に” または “somewhat
” important to them in a September CNN poll.
(It was the highest priority measured in the poll.
There’s other data in that poll that should concern Democrats after the week they’ve had. ほとんど 7 に 10 (69%) said that things in the country are going either “pretty or “非常に” badly. ほぼ 3 に 4 (75%) described themselves as “怒っている” when thinking about the state of the country at the moment. ほとんど 8 に 10 (77%) said they were worried about the state of the economy.
That is a portrait of a very uneasy — and combustible — electorate, an electorate looking to punish politicians who don’t give them what they want when they want it.
そして, with Democrats in power, the punishment meted out by voters will fall disproportionately on them — especially if the current divisions on displays between liberals and moderates can’t be solved or at least mitigated in a way that allows for a popular measure like the infrastructure bill to be passed.
これは 非常に fraught moment for Democrats. What happens in the next month could well determine the party’s fate in the coming midterm elections.