Trump and I might add Obama would use executive orders. I might add it's 52 senators standing in Biden's way. 50 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Which leads me back to my numbers theory of the Democrats not having the numbers. But they may surprise me yet. Doubtful, but possible.

Not being Trump was good for 6 months. Most new presidents get a 100 day honeymoon, Biden received a 6 month one. No one should have expected that to last.

From looking at the numbers, my theory, Biden was a breath of fresh air compared to Trump. Just looking and acting presidential was enough to keep his approval numbers in numerous categories very high. Above 50%. The botched withdrawal from Afghanistan brought Biden into focus, especially among independents. Whereas breathing the Trumpless fresh air was good enough for six months, it ceased to be with the focus changed to what was happening today, the present, now.

First it was Afghanistan which turned independents attention to the border, then to COVID and Delta, then to the economy, then to rising gas and food prices, then on and on to other categories. With their attention averted from Trump, Biden and company began to pay the price of being Biden and company. Trump was for the most part forgotten by many independents. He's no longer president, the Republicans, no longer in charge.

So whatever is perceived as going wrong ends up at the foot of Biden Desk. The old buck stops here. No president maintains his high approval rating given during the honeymoon phase. Approval ratings usually begin to drop after 100 days, in Biden's case it was six months.

I wonder if not for the withdrawal of Afghanistan if Biden and company might not still be flying high today. If independents would still be more concerned with Trump than what Biden is doing or not doing. Probably not, something else would have poked up their head to bring attention from Trump to Biden.

As an aside, I'll add this, I think and have always thought congressmen and senators should represent the people of their district and state first and foremost, always. The political party they belong to can come in second or third or further down the line.But don't worry, once Manchin is gone, I'm sure West Virginia will elect an extreme right wing Republican to replace him. He won't count anymore to give the Democrats the majority. The Democrats better enjoy Manchin while they can. He can't last and won't.

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.