FAILURES His administration is crippled by Democratic divisions and powerless against the Supreme Court and inflation

United States: Joe Biden disarmed after a week of cascading disappointment

Joe Biden boards the Marine One helicopter, January 14, 2022. — CNP/NEWSCOM/SIPA

Dark week for Joe Biden. Confronted to the provocations of North Korea and Russia, to the skidding of inflation, to the parliamentary wreckage of a major electoral reform, Joe Biden held on Friday to boast of one of the rare successes so far of his presidency, to know a great infrastructure plan.

“There is a lot of talk about being disappointed with the things we haven’t been able to do. do, and I would add that we will succeed in lead many to Good. But this we did,” the White House, while behind it paraded images of more or less decrepit bridges.

What the Democrat did was get people to vote. the fall 1.200 billion dollars of investments in roads, bridges, the internet, a historic amount which even benefited from the support of some Republican parliamentarians. But the reminder of this undeniable success has almost something cruel about it. During the ratification with great fanfare of the text on November 15, Joe Biden had invited an Arizona senator, Kyrsten Sinema, at speak up to praise the text. On Thursday, the same Kyrsten Sinema buried in a few words, àgrave; Tribune of the Senate, a great electoral law with which Joe Biden promised to protect access to the ballot boxes of African-Americans against restrictions imposed by certain conservative states in the South.

Attacks on Trump

This text is emblematic of a shift that take Joe Biden: In two recent speeches, the president has issued some serious caveats. novel on American democracy. And started attacks of unprecedented virulence against his predecessor Donald Trump, and against the opposition in general.

There is therefore no hope, for this electoral reform project, of rallying Republican parliamentarians to reach the “super majority” of 60 votes required in the Senate. The Democratic General Staff therefore devised a a procedure allowing for a forced transition to the majority simple – with the 51 votes they control against 50 to the opposition. But Kyrsten Sinema refused. this move, as did another moderate Democratic senator, effectively condemning the reform itself.

Obligation to vaccinate in the private sector challenged

Also Thursday, the Supreme Court annulled a vaccination obligation that the president wanted to impose on large companies. And the White House has acknowledged that after an intense diplomatic ballet with Russia, the threat of a new conflict in Ukraine has not been lifted.

A black day in a calamitous week that reminded believe that Joe Biden, sworn in a little less than a year ago, made big promises with little wiggle room.

His control of Congress only holds. to a thread, and he has to deal with a Supreme Court that Donald Trump has made very conservative.

On the economic front, inflation has reached its highest level since 1982. And the United States has broken the record for the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19, a new wave which is emptying the shelves of supermarkets, confronted with recurrent shortage problems since the beginning of the pandemic.

The specter of a rout in the midterms

On Friday, North Korea proceeded to to its third missile test of the year, yet another provocation as the United States has just imposed new financial sanctions.

And what about the polls which, l’ one after another, confirm the strong unpopularity of the of the president? Most opinion polls give a confidence rating of around 42%.

“A program does not end in a year. We will continue to fight for every component,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki promised on Friday, listing the economy, the fight against the pandemic and climate change, and the fight for civil rights.

But if Joe Biden has few weapons to fight, he has also less and less time. In the fall, he will face historically difficult mid-term legislative elections for the power in place, and could lose control at some point. both the Senate and the House of Representatives.