August 29, 2022

Seems like just yesterday that the media was chanting "Dems in disarray" and painting Joe Biden as a failure. What a difference a couple of weeks make! Via Morning Joe:

"Polling continues to show President Biden's approval rating ticking up," Mika Brzezinski said.

"The latest CBS News poll has him at 45 percent, up 3 points since last month. Driven in part by the issues that registered voters in the polls say are most important to them, the economy and inflation, the president's ratings on both of those issues are now up five points since last month.

"He's up six points when it comes to his handling of gas prices. 55% of voters approved of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and while 54% agree with his decision on student debt relief, Republicans lead the generic House ballot by two points but there has been some movement. Democrats have increased their lead among college educated white women by seven points since July, currently ahead by 13 points. Most were undecided voters who have been motivated by the issue of abortion.

"42% of the voters say that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will impact their vote in November. Of that group, 69% say it has pushed them toward the Democrats. Let's bring in correspondent Kelly O'Donnell at the White House. Kelly, is the White House saying anything about its strategy headed into the midterms?"

O'Donnell said Biden's slow and steady approach is paying dividends.

"So they are looking at this as trying to create a stark choice for voters come midterm election time. And to use some of the legislative wins that the president has racked up, some of those were bipartisan, some like the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats only. And then bigger issues that have taken place. Roe v. Wade being overturned, how people have responded to that with what happened in Kansas, where voters showed up and made a big statement about wanting access to abortion in that state."

She said Democrats see a potential to retain control of the Senate and to have a doable path to try to hang on to the House.

"That may be a long shot. But it is a brighter picture than they would have even acknowledged just weeks ago. So you're seeing as you laid out the ways and the locations, the topic where President Biden's leadership is getting some more credit for what is going on," O'Donnell said.

Now, knowing the media's tendency to turn everything into bad news for Democrats, we must be doing pretty well. Keep up the good work, President Biden! And the rest of us have to keep on phone banking, knocking on doors, and giving money.

We can do this.

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