On Monday, POLITICO pointed out the difficult elephant in the room about President Joe Biden's declining approval ratings. They chalked it up to the coronavirus rebound. But what's the bigger picture?
The name of the game today is that a new Rasmussen poll released on Tuesday has abysmal ratings for Biden. It's a spread of 41 percent approve and 20 percent strongly approve, versus a 57 percent disapprove and 50 percent strongly disapprove split.
So what about African Americans?
W. Mondale Robinson of the Black Male Voter Project was key in getting that demographic out to vote in 2020. Especially when it came to getting the state of Georgia to turn out for the likes of Biden.
But the promises leaned on heavily last year haven’t come to fruition this year. A new Washington Post story makes that sentiment clear.
"They can’t call me and ask me to serve my brothers up on a platter for their benefit. They can’t have my data, they can’t have access to what I know about Black men from the work that we do, unless I see something serious for Black men. And that requires a conversation with [Black men] long before Labor Day on an election year," Robinson told the outlet.
The point of the Washington Post story being that it seems the Biden administration has botched Democrat chances come midterms time, 2022. Biden's bluster in Georgia over their voting regulations bill from earlier this year that didn't have a meaningful resolution combating the measures taken by the state.
When it came to the Haitian migrants and the so-called "horse whips" debacle at the Del Rio border last month, the Biden administration just banned the use of horses for Border Patrol. They failed to meet their self-imposed deadline over inquiring further about the issue.
According to the Washington Post, that actually mattered to black voters who bought into the things espoused by the likes of Al Sharpton.
"I think the frustration is at an all-time high, and Biden can't go to Georgia or any other Black state in the South and say, 'This is what we delivered in 2021.' Black men are pissed off about the nothingness that has happened...Does it make the work harder? It makes the work damn near impossible," Robinson told the outlet.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is said to have "died" in Congress after they were unable to come to an agreement.
The same is on display again with the current infrastructure bill dispute ongoing in DC. Black Americans feel like they're getting shafted when it comes to funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The Washington Post got more black voices giving quotes. Nsé Ufot of the New Georgia Project didn’t have nice things to say about Biden either.
"If midterms are about enthusiasm and turnout, who do you think is excited to vote on November 2 at this moment? Because it ain’t Democrats. It ain’t Black folks. It ain’t young people," the activist said.
The outlet's own polling recognizes Biden isn't the most popular guy. Their numbers have the president at a 44 percent approval and 49 disapproval split. The Real Clear Politics projections show an uptick in Biden disapproval, while Biden's approval is taking a downward spiral.
Washington Post says the Biden administration is embracing the tough political climate, but it was just last month that White House press secretary Jen Psaki sniped at reporters over a polling question.
The state of Washington, DC, hangs on the fact Sen. Krysten Sinema isn't returning calls from the White House. What should be a debate over the infrastructure bill has turned into the senator being harassed by activists in the bathroom, with Biden saying it's all "part of the process."