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Time is Biden's enemy

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One of the most challenging aspects of the modern presidency is to keep the focus on your own agenda, lest what you want to do is overwhelmed by what you have to do.

Joe Biden was elected president to restore a sense of national normalcy by ending the previous administration’s frequently chaotic approach to governing and bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

For six months, he largely succeeded. Despite the distractions of inherited problems like the immigration situation, outside events only occasionally intruded. That enabled him to implement a strong response to the pandemic, press an expensive but popular program to meet long ignored domestic needs and preside over a steadily improving economy.

But that sense of command diminished over the summer as the delta variant-fueled resurgence of the pandemic stalled the return to national normalcy and his mishandling of the long overdue U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan resembled the chaotic responses he vowed to end.

As a result, Biden’s public support dropped from the low 50s into the mid-40s according to the Real Clear Politics average, with the most significant reductions among political independents who were crucial in his narrow 2020 election victory.

Now, he faces the challenge of restoring some lost support by re-energizing the anti-COVID campaign and maintaining enough public support to ensure his slender congressional majorities can implement key aspects of his legislative agenda.........

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