Senator John Barrasso recently stated that the GOP has elected to make Joe Biden an essentially “half-term president,” namely by taking back Congress during next year’s midterm elections.
Sen. Barrasso noted that Mitch McConnell had dealt with significant criticism since he once remarked that “he wanted to make sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president.” However, Barrasso bulwarked McConnell by stating his intention to make Biden “a one-half-term president.”
In order to do so, Barrasso knows that the Republicans will need to take back control of the House and the Senate, as well as the White House.
Currently, Democrats hold an incredibly slim majority in the House of Representatives, with only nine additional votes for the party. In addition, the Senate is also under the razor thin control of the Democrats, given that Kamala Harris is able to cast tie-breaking votes as needed in Senate proceedings.
Due to the remarkably small majorities held by the Democrats, Republicans are hopeful that they have a serious chance of taking back legislative control after the 2022 midterms. Barrasso noted that he is certainly “looking forward to a very successful 2022.”
Moreover, Donald Trump has also increased his focus on the 2022 midterm elections, and he has already endorsed several candidates whose values align with his “America First” objectives.
On the other hand, under Pelosi’s leadership, numerous Democrats have succumbed to in-fighting and fractured relationships. For instance, many Democrats are angered by the party’s focus on highly controversial issues that alienate numerous traditional voters.
Representative Abigail Spanberger, for instance, noted that the Democrats had “lost races we shouldn’t have lost,” noting that the “defund police” movement nearly cost her own political race. She also admonished various ultra-liberals to never “say socialism ever again,” and that it is high time for the party to return back to the basics.
Should the Democrats fail to do so, Spanberger did not mince words about the upcoming elections: “If we run this race again, we will get f****** torn apart again in 2022.”
Nonetheless, Republicans do have to counter some headwinds regarding the 2022 midterms, at least in their efforts to take back the Senate, given that five incumbent GOP senators have announced retirement plans after the current term.
Furthermore, the Republicans will need to defend additional seats in the House, as only 14 Democrat seats are up for election in 2022, in contrast to 20 Republic seats.