Republicans have slammed the process as the opposite of the bipartisanship that Biden promised during his 2020 campaign, as Democrats are employing a procedural device that will allow them to pass the measure with a simple majority in both chambers of Congress.
Here’s the number: 67% of the public approves of the way Biden has handled the coronavirus pandemic, while just 31% disapprove.
What’s even more remarkable than that overall finding is this: More than 1 in 3 self-identified Republicans (34%) approve of how Biden is dealing with the virus — more than double the amount who approve of Biden’s approach to foreign affairs (15%) or the economy (12%). And the 34% who approve of how Biden has dealt with the Covid-19 crisis is well in excess of the 12% who approve of how he is doing the job overall.
But regardless of the reason, the fact is this: The public believes that what Biden is doing to deal with the pandemic is working. So if Biden says we need a large stimulus package to ensure we get more people vaccinated, help out those who have lost business and jobs in the pandemic and do various other large and small things to combat the effects of the coronavirus, well then, at this moment he’s likely to be given the benefit of the doubt by most Americans.
Which is why McConnell and his fellow Republicans are trying to focus their attacks less on the legislation itself (or even on the virus) and more on the fact that Biden is not doing things in a bipartisan manner. It’s the best card for the GOP to play, but it’s not exactly a strong one — particularly after four years of Donald Trump riding roughshod over even the notion of working with his political opponents.
The key to winning in politics isn’t fighting all the time. It’s knowing when — and where and on what — to fight. And a fight over the Covid-19 stimulus package is not one Republicans can win right now.