Democrats are naturally rejoicing over the fact that they have control both houses of Congress as well as the White House right now. However, senior Democrat politicians and strategists are now openly worrying about the very real possibility that the Republican Party could take full control of one or even both houses of Congress after the 2022 mid-term elections.
Even mainstream media news outlets point out that history is not on their side. The party that wins the White House almost always loses seats in Congress. This has been the case since the 1930s with the only exception being the 2002 mid-terms as voters rallied around then-President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Democrats are down playing the possibility of big losses, stating that former President Donald Trump’s post-election actions were a turn-off for many voters and pointing out that they intend to create big, bold legislation that will allegedly benefit voters. However, the reality is that President Joe Biden faces an uphill battle creating legislation of any kind — probably why he rolled out over 30 executive orders in his first weeks in office.
The Democrats only have a slim majority in the House of Representatives. The defection of even a few of their members would mean that key legislation won’t pass. Moderates in the House have already seen what happens when Democrats from moderate districts move to the left, and many may be unwilling to risk their careers. At the same time, progressive far-left representatives may be unwilling to settle for compromised bills. In the Senate, the 50-50 split almost ensures that nothing “big and bold” will get by — unless Democrats succeed in ditching the filibuster.
In fact, moderate Democrat senators may even join Republicans in voting down overtly progressive bills.
Even the $2,000 (now $1,400 for some reason) stimulus checks that President Biden bribed Georgia voters with in early 2020 may not materialize as politicians from both parties debate the scope of the bill, who should receive funding, and other forms of action that should (or should not) be added to the legislation.
Additionally, the current President has already alienated potential 2022 voters. His executive orders halting construction of the border wall and Keystone pipeline have cost tens of thousands of jobs. The administration’s callous remarks stating that these workers will have to “get other jobs” will do nothing to endear the party to these and other potential voters. The Biden Administration’s 60-day moratorium on new oil leases, natural gas leases, and drilling permits would decimate state economies that depend on the jobs. New Mexico alone would lose a whopping 100,000 jobs if the moratorium became permanent.
Voters want to see positive action from the federal government. A deadlocked Congress, coupled with job-killing executive orders, will enrage voters against the Democrats in 2022. Party strategists are right to be concerned about their slim majorities in Congress. This hold on power is very likely to slip from their grasp in a mere two years.