Democrats prepare to sell infrastructure in a bid to avoid a repeat of 2010

Democrats are preparing a full judicial press to sell President BidenJoe Biden Video showing violence removed from Rep. Gosar’s account after pushback Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block Jan.6 documents Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MOREbipartisan infrastructure package for voters and protect their most vulnerable members in next year’s by-elections.

On Tuesday, Biden participated in a virtual grassroots event with the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonMedia Narrative Got Education Role In Virginia Election Upside Down RNC Targets McAuliffe, Biden Mobile Billboard Campaign Event To Challenge McAuliffe In Test Of His Election Brand MORE where the two discussed infrastructure legislation. The committee screened images highlighting the infrastructure plan at a hotel in downtown Baltimore ahead of Biden’s visit to the port of Baltimore on Wednesday.

State parties are also getting in on the action, promoting the package and targeting Republicans who voted against it.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party and state labor leaders held a press conference Wednesday to sell the plan to Wisconsin voters and attack the incumbent Republican senator. Ron JohnsonThe departure of Ronald (Ron) Harold Johnson Sununu underscores the uncertain path of the Republican Party to obtain a majority in the Senate Biden touts the agenda as he celebrates the Milwaukee Bucks in the McConnell White House: the midterm elections of 2022 will be ‘very good elections for Republicans’ MORE (R-Wis.) For your vote against the legislation. Meanwhile, Democratic parties in North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania made virtual press calls to sell the legislation.

“It’s part of our job to let people know exactly what Congress did for them by making this extraordinary investment,” said Rep. Madeleine deanMadeleine DeanHouse GOP Campaign Arm Expands Target List After Brutal Night for Democrats Pelosi Faces Final Big Battle Liberals Lower Calls to ‘Dump Police Fund’ Amid Attacks Republicans MORE (D-Penn.). “We have a lot to educate.”

Strategists and lawmakers from both parties are making comparisons to 2010, when the Republican Party was then able to take advantage of-President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden Invests Trump on Owl Habitats Telling the Truth About Critical Race Theory Better growth requires the government to spend more money on itself MOREAffordable Care Act and the unpopular Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), as well as the growing Tea Party movement to send a wave of first-year lawmakers to Congress. On top of that, the party had just emerged from a governor’s victory in Virginia, which is traditionally seen as a benchmark for midterm elections.

Eleven years later, Republicans are scrutinizing President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure plan and his Build Back Better spending plan. Republican agents also say they see a similar grassroots energy in what has become a parental rights movement against school boards. The party has also regained control of the governor’s mansion in Richmond.

The Republican Party hopes to repeat its 2010 wave, while Democrats hope they have learned some lessons.

The defeat in Virginia last week sent chills through Democrats, echoing the defeat the party suffered in 2009 in that year’s gubernatorial race. On top of that, Democrats are trying to sell off signature legislation – a recently passed infrastructure bill and an expanding climate and social spending bill that is still being negotiated – just as they did with the Caring for Children Act. Affordable Health in 2009 and 2010.

Those struggles come amid declining approval ratings for President Biden, which are below what then-President Obama suffered in 2009. Obama’s dismal approval ratings helped spark the Tea Party movement in 2009, while the backlash against Biden is fueling a nascent but growing tide. between Republicans and independents on education issues.

Republicans argue that Biden’s declining approval ratings fueled a Republican victory in Virginia last week and the closer-than-expected gubernatorial race in New Jersey. A Suffolk University poll released earlier this week showed that Biden’s approval rating was 38 percent.

Party operatives say they are confident this trend will continue next year.

“What we were following most closely was Obama’s popularity and our magic number was 46,” said veteran Republican strategist Doug Heye, who served on the Republican National Committee in 2010.

“We felt that if he was at that level or below it, we would take back the House.”

Republicans also largely reject the notion that infrastructure will finally save the party before 2022, arguing that the national mood is already set.

“It is one thing to pass laws. Another is to connect with a state of mind, ”said Tucker Martin, who served as strategic advisor for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) 2009 winning campaign.

“I think what Democrats should be able to do is somehow connect their legislation to how people feel,” he continued. “Because this talking in the lingo of the beltway, this is not how you connect with voters who are tired of a long pandemic, frustrated with public education, they think the country is going in the wrong direction.”

“They’ve lost a connection to where the voters are right now in terms of how they feel and I think they saw that in this campaign,” he said, referring to the Virginia gubernatorial campaign last week.

Yet Democrats say this time around kitchen table issues like infrastructure and healthcare costs will ultimately deliver a better, tangible message to voters. Strategists say this differs from 2010 when more complicated issues like cap and trade and the introduction of the Affordable Care Act.

“Unlike 2010, this cycle Democrats have a strong, concise and clear message that addresses the top priorities of voters,” said Democratic Senate Campaign Committee communications director David Bergstein, who served on the Campaign Committee. of the Democratic Congress in 2010.

“We are creating jobs through investments in infrastructure, we are reducing costs like health care and we are cutting taxes for working families. These are popular proposals and the fact that Republican Senate candidates oppose all these ideas will lead to the defeat of their campaigns in 2022, ”he continued.

Democrats also suggest that there are key differences between 2009 and 2021, most notably the lack of a movement in opposition to Biden to match the sudden and considerable influence the Tea Party was enjoying at the time.

“For me, the biggest difference is that in 2009/2010, he had the rise of the Tea Party that caught fire. He mobilized alongside him and our side was depressed,” said Democratic pollster Molly Murphy. “And there is the MAGA crowd, but we don’t have any emerging movement brewing and raising the danger of Biden’s Democrats’ policies the way you did then. For all the ambitious policy elements in which are working the Democrats and Biden, there has been no real revolt from the others. side. “

On the policy front, Democrats are also optimistic that they will be able to pass their social and climate spending plan before the end of the year, while ObamaCare was not approved until 2010. And although the current reconciliation package contains provisions that remain popular even after contentious negotiations. ObamaCare faced approval ratings in the basement after fierce partisan fight over the bill.

“[T]Sausage making never helps. Democrats must continue to show people that hot dogs are high in protein. There is a big difference from 2009 in that these plans are overwhelmingly popular by almost 20 points, while the Affordable Care Act was under water when it was passed. So Democrats have an important imperative to show people that we have met an economic agenda in these plans, but we have no wind in our faces, “said Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson.

Ferguson said those differences indicate that while Democrats will certainly face headwinds next year, not all hope is lost for the House and Senate, noting that McAuliffe’s disappointing defeat last week and surprisingly narrow victory of the governor of New Jersey. Phil MurphyPhil Murphy Sununu ad gives Democrats a lifeline Ex-Clinton strategist: Virginia results show Democrats ‘have drifted too far left on key issues for educated suburban voters’ Murphy’s campaign calls on Ciattarelli to grant New Jersey gubernatorial election MORE (D) still outperformed the same two races in 2009.

“The past is not a prologue here. Between 2008 and 2009, there was a 23-point departure from the Democrats. This time in Virginia, there was a 12 point change. Similarly, in New Jersey, in 2009, the Democrats lost, and in 2021, we narrowly held on, ”he said. “This will be a difficult middle period and we have a lot of work to do to get the boat right, but at the same time, it is not too late and luck is far from being cast on where we will land.”

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