Joe Biden is President. Here’s What to Expect

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Joe Biden is President. Here’s What to Expect
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Top story from the Associated Press: “Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that ‘democracy has prevailed’ and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises.” What’s next? Here’s what both sides are saying:

On the right: Conservatives and right-leaning outlets are concerned about the Biden administration. Some are inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, but also have a deep-seated fear of the progressive wing of the Democratic party. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board begins by acknowledging the “deep political division,” but they say “paradoxically this gives Biden a rare opportunity.” They believe Biden’s goal to unite and heal the country “will depend on resisting the divisive progressive domination sought by his party’s left.” The WSJ Ed labels Biden a “moderate liberal” who “could be the man for this moment.” But they warn of a “Democratic Party whose ascendant progressives have other ideas. Their goal is to use the federal government as a battering ram to drive economic and cultural ‘transformation.’ Progressives in the House and Senate, urged on by the Democratic media complex and Silicon Valley, view the defeat of Donald Trump as the opening to assert a new level of government control over the economy and cultural dominance over American society.” Ultimately, the WSJ Ed Board believes, “if Mr. Biden really wants to unite the country he will have to reach out to the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. One way to do it would be to speak out against the burgeoning progressive desire to punish, black list, and censor the political opposition.” More broadly, Jason Chaffetz, a Fox News contributor who was the chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, says “Americans should prepare for a severe case of whiplash as President Joe Biden’s administration takes office.” From a public perception standpoint, Chaffetz writes that “we’ll see a sea change in the way media cover the president.” The WSJ Ed Board also said that “Unlike a Republican, Mr. Biden will also have nearly all of the media and the commanding heights of American culture behind him.” Finally, from a policy standpoint, Chaffetz says, “Government will grow, spending will explode and taxes will increase.”

On the Left: Progressives and left-leaning commentators are hopeful about the Biden presidency, but split on the best way to unite the country. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson writes that “The moment Joe Biden and Kamala Harris [were] sworn in as president and vice president, the world [became] a better and brighter place.” Robinson says “their presence will not magically dissipate the pandemic [or] the economic devastation that follows from it… But there are real reasons to have hope that Biden and Harris are up to the job.” One reason why is the fact Biden “has spent practically his whole adult life as a public servant.” As a result, he “understands how the legislative process works.” Meanwhile, “Harris also knows how to run a bureaucracy, but she brings fresh perspectives to the vice presidency: that of a woman, a graduate of Howard University, and an American who is Black and has desi ancestry.” Robinson acknowledges the uphill battle ahead but he says “we will hope they begin to define a new normal that gives these disunited states a way forward.” He ends by calling yesterday “an inflection point.” In an op-ed for USA Today, Sophia Nelson also writes that “America is at a critical inflection point,” however her tone is more reserved. Nelson says “We have to decide whether the men and women responsible for trying to overturn a free and fair election, and who later helped to incite a riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, will be given pardon or punishment.” She says “President Biden must not make the same mistake Abraham Lincoln made when he let the Confederates off without punishment.” Nelson believes that “by forgiving the Confederates, Lincoln helped perpetuate another century of racial discrimination.” Therefore, “If Biden allows Trump, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and their ilk get away with the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, we will endure more violence. We will divide ourselves more deeply.”

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: According to recent polling from Pew Research Center, “64% of voters express a positive opinion of Joe Biden’s conduct since he won the November election.” Additionally, “Majorities approve of Biden’s Cabinet selections and how he has explained his plans and policies for the future.” Conversely, “Donald Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency” at 29%. Furthermore, the poll showed that roughly “two-thirds (68%) say Trump should not continue to be a major national political figure for many years to come; just 29% say he should remain a major figure in US politics.”

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