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Ramesh Ponnuru

Democrats Are Scapegoating Biden for Their Own Misjudgments

It’s easier to point fingers than to acknowledge that liberals should blame themselves for inflationary spending policies, unrealistic legislative goals and social-issue maximalism.

Who’s hurting whom?

Who’s hurting whom?

Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg

Democratic discontent with President Joe Biden is boiling over into the press. His polling is abysmal, his age is showing and the Democrats are facing a potential wipeout in the midterm elections in November. Democrats are taking their complaints, mostly off the record, to reporters.

“To many increasingly frustrated Democrats, Biden’s slow-footed response on abortion was just the latest example of a failure to meet the moment on a wave of conservative rollbacks,” the Washington Post recently reported. Democratic commentator Ed Kilgore forecasts that “if things go as badly as expected for Democrats on Nov. 8, many in the party will be quietly and not so quietly urging the 46th president to retire at the end of his term.”