Biden Declares Election ‘Good Day’ for Democracy and Nation

A Senate majority appeared to be settled in Nevada, and the run-off was likely to take place in Georgia. But administration officials and their allies viewed the results as proof of Biden’s policy successes and his bet that a broad focus on Republican extremism would help fend off voters, even as Democrats in many of the toughest races seek to distance themselves from the president and vice president themselves.

“What was true in 2020 is also true in 2022 – that voters are looking for normalcy and their representatives to restore the rule of law and respect for our democracy and to address the problems that plague them daily, such as high costs and abuses of their rights. Longtime Democratic activist Stephanie Cutter said, And that’s what President Biden and the Democrats have done.” “Historic winds always mean there will be losses, but the red wave everyone predicted has been diminished by sound politics and respect for our institutions.”

For others, the moment summoned Biden out of the political grave in the 2020 midterm elections and later saw his legislative agenda — including massive spending plans — revived and eventually passed through Congress.

The surprise results represented one of the best midterm elections for a party in power in nearly a century. However, while it has given the White House a major psychological and political boost, it has not exhausted the questions the president and his team face. For starters, the House will still likely fall into Republican hands, forcing the administration to scale back its ambitions considerably. And losing the Senate, even by the narrowest of margins, would hamper their ability to nominate judges and other important appointees.

Beyond that, Biden’s political future remains highly uncertain. The Chief spent his midterms campaigning largely in deep blue pockets and getting away from most of the tight races that made his way, or still are. Instead, he raised money behind the scenes or held state events—sometimes at the insistence of Democratic campaigners who feared his presence at rallies—and tried to steer the national narrative with a series of speeches from Washington.

Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) made it clear to the White House early on to keep Biden away, and Politico reported Wednesday that Senate candidate John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has also asked him to stay. far. Biden came in anyway, and Fetterman won the race.

Many other people Biden campaigned alongside or on behalf of have also won their races, including governments. Kathy Hochhol of New York, Michelle Logan Grisham of New Mexico, Tony Evers of Wisconsin and Governor-elect Wes Moore, along with members of the House of Representatives of Illinois and Virginia.

Even those who lost their races gave Biden his due.

At a hastily summoned news conference Wednesday after conceding the concession to his opponent, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman, said the president “deserves praise for addressing the crises he found when he took office.”

“Last night you should encourage him that despite the opposition, despite the anger and hate and the lies he faced, and the severe obstacle he faced – that he is making progress and we will get through this together,” Maloney said.

Biden, who will turn 80, will have to choose whether to run for office again. Allies say they expect Tuesday’s results to bolster his belief he deserves a second term.

“He has every reason in the world to run again,” Elrod said. And there are a lot of Democrats getting up today — not Democrats by the way, independents — who say, ‘I hope he runs again, because look at the night we had.’

Biden began watching the election from his residence, before moving to the Roosevelt room where his advisers joined him. Then he retired to the pool dining room to make a bunch of congratulatory calls, and ended with an early morning text message to Jon Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who outplayed TV star Mehmet Oz in a state that emerged as an early proxy war between Biden and the former. President Donald Trump.

Among officials and close allies, the midterm-defying history has been assimilated as a rejection of Trump and his movement, which despite Biden’s unpopularity, stubbornly high inflation and a growing fear of crime, has faltered in many places the White House cherishes. Along with a number of suburban House districts prioritizing department and party officials, he’s been particularly encouraged by the big wins in the Rust Belt gubernatorial races—states that will once again be crucial to holding them in 2024.

Exactly half a century has passed since Biden entered politics and the midterm elections have threatened to severely weaken the president’s standing. Advisers insisted that Biden, who has said he intends to be reelected, will not be affected one way or the other by the November results. But Democrats said they expected a war on the right over how much blame Trump should take, which would in turn relieve some of the pressure on Biden that would have boiled over had the races been a referendum on the current president rather than the latter.

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