All indications suggest that Republicans will reclaim control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections and that rather stark impending reality has some Democrats quite fearful, particularly President Joe Biden.
Biden alluded to as much when he warned his fellow Democrats in a speech this week that they faced the prospect of a “sad, sad two years” if the GOP gains majority control of the legislative branch, The Hill reported.
That said, the president is clearly not fully in touch with reality as he also spoke of Democrats having a “message that resonates” and record of success to run on, even going so far as to predict that his Democrats had a decent chance to not only maintain control of both the House and Senate but also add seats to their slim majorities.
Misleading claims and blatant lies
According to The Hill, President Biden’s remarks were made Thursday at the Democratic National Committee’s Winter Meeting at a hotel in Washington D.C., during which he attempted to rally his fellow party members and encourage them ahead of the approaching midterm elections in November.
In doing so, however, he made quite a few claims that were dubious at best and outright falsities at worse — the most glaring of which was his absurd attempt to blame soaring gas prices and inflation on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, despite the fact that the invasion began only a few weeks ago and prices have been surging since he first entered office more than a year ago.
In his remarks, Biden said, “We have a record — a record to be proud of; an agenda that addresses the biggest concerns here in America, in people’s lives; the message that resonates. And now — now what we have to do is we have to sell it with confidence, clarity, conviction, and repetition.”
He went on to blame “Putin’s price hikes” as well as purportedly greedy U.S. oil and gas companies for the pain Americans were feeling at the pump before ludicrously asserting that his policies had done nothing to hamper domestic energy production while also absurdly insisting that producing more domestic energy would do nothing to address the current pricing crisis.
The president then moved on to tout the supposed “record” of Democratic achievements over the past two years, such as the passage of the COVID relief American Rescue Plan and the infrastructure spending bill, among other things.
Biden: “Sad two years”
It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns, though, as Biden looked ahead to the November elections and said, “We need to bring some real determination, the same work ethic, the same enthusiasm. And if we do that, we’re going to keep the House and keep the Senate and add seats.”
“And by the way, if we don’t do that — if we don’t do that, it’s going to be a sad, sad two years,” he added. “Think about Republicans if they had control of the Congress these last two years.”
If Democrats somehow did manage to maintain majority control of Congress after the midterms, Biden gave a brief preview of the agenda for the next two years: “Voting rights, climate crisis, gun violence, criminal justice, immigration, and so much more.”
All of that said, The Washington Post reported that Emma Vaughn, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), said Democrats were certain to lose if they continued to embrace Biden’s “failed agenda,” and told the outlet, “Democrats up-and-down the ballot are in lockstep with Biden and will be held accountable for his failures in November.”