Below are five reasons why now is the time that Democrats need to start panicking about the coming 2022 midterms.
4. People know who’s in charge — and they don’t like what they see. In the musical “Hamilton,” the George Washington character tells Hamilton that “winning was easy, young man, governing’s harder.” That’s the lesson Democrats have learned over the first 10 months on this year as they have struggled to find ways to pass the major pieces of Biden’s agenda even while controlling all of the major levers of executive and legislative power in Washington. The last six weeks or so were disastrous for the party’s chances, with its disagreements between liberals and moderates over the so-called “hard” infrastructure bill and the more costly social safety net bill on full display every day. When voters hand you total control of Washington, they expect things to get done. And voters — especially Democratic base voters — don’t see the sort of accomplishments they expected at the start of the year. And that leads to unhappiness and apathy — neither of which are strong motivators to vote.