President Joe Biden was supposed to march Democrats to victory in the 2022 midterms, but his poll numbers, which are now in the “devastating” category, means tough times are ahead for the party.
According to Fox News, that’s exactly how former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove described Biden’s future, saying during a recent interview on the network that Biden faces “a very rough period of time ahead of him” given the state of his polling numbers, which are dismal, at best.
His numbers plummet
The president was fully exposed for many for the weak and ineffective leader he truly is after the humiliating debacle that unfolded in Afghanistan as he attempted to yank U.S. troops out of the country — an effort that led to the deaths of 13 U.S. service members and hundreds of Americans still stranded behind enemy lines.
Fox News host Griff Jenkins asked Rove, who has decades of presidential advisory experience, what he would say to President Biden as his poll numbers continue to sink amid a number of issues both here at home and abroad.
“You’ve got to understand the territory ahead. The territory ahead is not a pleasant scene. The president has to get a budget passed. He has to get the debt ceiling raised,” Rove explained. “He says he wants to pass a $3.5 trillion spending package in a 50/50 Senate with not a single Republican supporting it and several Democrats raising very serious considerations about elements of the package.”
Rove added: “There’s no easy way out of this. My opinion is that he’s got too much on his plate that he did not lay the predicate with the American people.”
The Republican operative went on to point out that COVID-19 uncertainties and its effect on the U.S. economy will spell a “rough period of time ahead” for the struggling president.
Rove doubles down
Rove held nothing back as he laid out a grim picture for the 78-year-old president’s near future, but offered sage advice for Biden.
“The best he can do is narrow it down, try and stay focus, and knock these things out in serially and keep people’s expectations low. Because COVID’s not going to go away. The economy’s not going to be roaring and going and blowing like it is. Inflation is not going to mysteriously melt away. And he’s kidding himself.”
In a separate report from Fox News, Biden’s polling numbers across the board have dipped into “underwater” territory, meaning more voters disapprove of his actions than approve.
ABC News polling director Gary Langer pointed out an interesting statistic concerning Biden’s low numbers, saying “only two presidents have had a lower approval rating at this point in their terms: Donald Trump, at 37% in August 2017, and Gerald Ford, also 37%, in March 1975.”
However, Trump’s low numbers during this time in his presidency were largely due to the mainstream media’s extreme hatred of the president. Biden’s numbers are low because, quite honestly, he’s doing a terrible job of being president, and voters from both sides of the political aisle are taking notice.