I agree, 2020 was a total rejection of Trump. But not of the GOP nor an endorsement of a Democratic Party agenda. It certainly wasn't a mandate. For a mandate, a president must swamp his opponent, then bring in numerous house and senate members on his coat tails. Biden had none.

Reagan in 1980 had a mandate, he beat Carter by 11 points, Ronnie brought in 34 Republican house candidates and 12 GOP senate candidate which enabled the Republicans to gain control of the senate for the first time since 1954. That is having coat tails and a mandate.

Biden beat Trump by 4 points and lost 13 house seats. In fact the Democrats also lost 2 state legislatures and a governorship.

Obama probably came the closest to having a mandate in 2008. He beat McCain by 7 points, brought in 23 new House Democrats and 8 new Democratic senators.

2020 was a rejection of Trump, but not a rejection of conservatism as the down ballot results shows. It wasn't an endorsement for Democratic Party ideals or agenda. It was basically, for independents anyway of their wish for a saner president who knew how to act presidential and behave as a president should. If Biden did something or didn't do a thing, that was okay with them. Just act and behave presidential.

The bottom line is Biden has lost independents, at least for the time being. But this loss may be beginning to be written into stone. Empty shelves in stores are beginning to appear, gas has risen from 1.70 a gallon to 3.30 at least here over the last 6 months.. The price of a loaf of bread gone up from 2 dollars to 3 dollars and much stuff has skyrocketed over the last 6-8 months.

These get noticed. The price of heating one's home with natural gas is a 100 dollars more a month than last year. As Bill Clinton once said, it's the economy stupid. I'll add the price and availability of goods in stores also. The infrastructure bill and that 3.5 trillion wish list could mean nothing next year unless Biden and company can get prices and the availability of goods under control. I'm surprised few folks have noticed this.

Probably not too surprised by the Democrats not noticing this, they're too busy, too focused on Trump than to pay any attention to what is going on in their own backyard.

Last edited by perotista; 10/11/21 05:36 PM.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.