Democrats’ Impatience with Biden Grows, Alternatives Step Up

With public support for Joe Biden faltering, and Democrats frustrated at recent setbacks as the president’s hands are tied, voices within the party are speaking out and rising; plus, more top stories in Democrat politics.

Country on wrong track, 88% of Americans say in new survey

Eighty-eight percent – almost 9 in 10 Americans – say the country is headed down the wrong track, according to a survey from Monmouth University Poll released on Tuesday. Only 10% of all US adults believe the country is headed in the right direction, and only 16% of Democrats believe so. The results set an all-time low for this same question which has been asked by the pollster going back to 2013, The Hill reported. Eight in 10 Democrats and 91% believe the country is on the wrong track.

Democrats’ frustration with Biden grows, alternatives rising

Biden is facing a number of extremely different challenges on multiple fronts: inflation, gas prices, gun violence, and setbacks at the Supreme Court. In many instances, the president’s hands are tied.

Regardless, some Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated and are beginning to vent their frustrations with the president out loud, criticizing the administration, saying “it seems like they’re doing nothing to put the fire out,” The Hill reported.

“There is a leadership vacuum right now, and he’s [Biden’s] not filling it,” Adam Jentleson, a Democratic consultant and former top adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid of Nevada, the Washington Post reported.

“There’s the administrative part of the job and the political part of the job, and it seems like this president is leaning more in the administrative role at a time when his coalition is thirsty for political clarity and leadership,” said Democratic strategist Joel Payne, the Hill reported.

David Axelrod, former advisor and chief strategist to President Obama, said the Biden administration looks “out of control.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) took the unusual step of airing an ad on July 4 attacking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), considered a front runner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and Florida’s lack of “freedom.” Many see Newsom’s move as positioning himself for a 2024 presidential bid.

Harris calls for renewal of assault weapons ban

In the wake of the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago to speak at a teachers convention and called for a renewal of the assault weapons ban, NPR reported.

“We must protect our communities from the terror of gun violence,” Harris said. “I’ve said it before, enough is enough.”

“Congress needs to have the courage to act and renew the assault weapons ban,” Harris continued. “An assault weapon is designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly.”

“There is no reason we have weapons of war on the streets of America,” Harris added. “We need reasonable gun safety laws.”

Democrats race to clinch deal with Manchin on climate and energy to finalize spending package

Democratic lawmakers, eager to secure a deal delivering Biden’s goals for the climate and energy, are racing to finalize a revised proposal that satisfies the concerns of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on their stalled spending package, the Washington Post reported. The tightrope Democrats are walking seeks to meet the ambitious clean-energy goals of President Biden, while compromising with Manchin on policies that continue to promote fossil fuels. Top aides to Manchin say he is far from a deal with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).