President Joe Biden’s and Democrats’ 2022 political fortunes hinge on their management of the novel coronavirus and whether voters believe the pandemic-induced public health and financial crises are behind them.
But as mask mandates and indoor physical distancing guidelines linger, Biden and his congressional colleagues will be hindered in next year’s midterm elections if there is no clear “end” to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden “unwisely” raised expectations in June regarding his administration’s pandemic response, “which made for disappointment in July and August” because of the more contagious delta variant, according to Claremont McKenna College politics professor John Pitney.
But the problems Biden and his allies face have been exacerbated by their messaging. In their attempts to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Democrats have downplayed the likelihood that masks and other mitigation strategies will be required in 2022. This comes even as cases