Stirewaltisms: Biden Agonistes
The Supreme Court just handed the president a legal win that’s a big loss, politically speaking.
Poor Joe Biden.
Less than a week after the best political news for Democrats in months—the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and generating mountains of money and voter motivation for the blue team—the same court handed the president what is technically a win—siding with the administration that Biden can end the Trump-era policy forcing migrants seeking asylum in the United States to remain in Mexico—but it’s a serious political loser.
This is just the latest unfortunate victory for the 46th president. It’s a string that runs all the way back to January 2021 when Democrats unexpectedly took control of the Senate following a matched set of surprise wins in Georgia’s Senate runoffs. The victories for Jon Osoff (by 1.2 points) and Raphael Warnock (by 2.1 points) would have been almost unimaginable at the time Biden secured his presidential victory two months prior.
One could see how the races featuring a newly appointed Republican incumbent who had faced an ugly primary challenge (Kelly Loeffler) and a political incompetent (David Perdue) could have ended up in runoffs during a good year for Democrats and with the high tide of a presidential election. But for low-turnout runoff elections in January in a still-Republican state? No way. But thanks to Donald Trump’s effort to swindle his way into a second term, Georgia voters rejected the GOP and handed Democrats the barest majority possible in the Senate.