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Ramesh Ponnuru

Biden's No FDR. He's Not Even Obama.

The Democrats’ crowing over their legislative victories is not persuasive. But it does help them rationalize coming down to earth.

Down to earth. 

Down to earth. 

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democrats have every right to be pleased that they passed another big spending bill, but a lot of them are getting carried away. Longtime Democratic consultant Robert Shrum celebrated the momentum behind the passage of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act by tweeting, “Biden is the most legislatively successful President since LBJ.” 

Some credulous journalists are saying the same thing . And Republicans have no incentive to correct the record: So be it if voters who lean their way see President Joe Biden as a progressive juggernaut.