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'Unity' doesn't just come from what Biden does. It comes from what he doesn't do.

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14.02.2021

I like Joe Biden's rhetorical focus on "unity," but it has detractors on the right and the left.

"So much for unity!" is a Republican refrain when the president does things they oppose — even if those things are shown to be broadly popular in public opinion surveys (like permitting openly transgender people to serve in the military) and even if those things are so obscure that they couldn't possibly be a meaningful source of division among the public (like firing the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.)

Republicans also aren't thrilled about Biden's intention to press forward on a coronavirus relief package without Republican votes if necessary, saying that a partisan vote would undermine the "unity" idea. It's worth noting though that the president unified a large majority of the public behind the idea that there should be another roughly $2 trillion package, even if he can't unify the Congress.

Leftward criticism of Biden's unity calls is more muted — Gallup finds Biden's initial job approval rating among Democrats is 98%, higher even than what Donald Trump claimed to achieve........

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