This week isn’t going well for the Biden administration. The President’s approval rating is in freefall. West Virginia Senator and Democrat Joe Manchin won’t budge on his $1.75 trillion cap for infrastructure spending, and (unlikely) rumors are floating that he’s prepared to switch parties if the budget deal goes south.
Progressives are trapped between nostalgia for the past and a deep disgust with it. The left’s legislative heroes—Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mark Pocan, Ayanna Pressley—appropriate the language and rhetoric of a bygone era of American politics for their progressive agenda.
Joe Biden is a progressive icon. There, I said it. You’re cringing, I know. The typical Bowdoin student’s reaction to Joe Biden is an oxymoron: hard-lined apathy. If you’re politically aware, then you’re haughtily unimpressed by the President’s so-called accomplishments.