This response should not be surprising. It seems Republicans have been waiting for a chance to get back at Democrats for impeaching Trump twice. The GOP is also determined to undermine the political standing of the Biden administration ahead of the 2022 midterm election. After stoking vaccine skepticism and raging against critical race theory with mixed results, Republicans are now trying to seize on Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. To be sure, there is plenty of fair criticism to level at the administration for the way this has been handled. But calling for Biden’s impeachment or resignation is a step too far, especially considering what the GOP was willing to defend with Trump.
What should Biden do now? His best bet is to stay focused on four major objectives.
The second objective is to rapidly expand the number of vaccinated Americans. While some Republicans are busy calling for Biden’s resignation, Covid-19 continues to present the greatest immediate danger to the nation. And while vaccination rates are starting to increase as states wrestle with the devastating effects of the Delta variant, there is still a long way to go. Now that the FDA has officially approved the Pfizer vaccine, companies and localities are more willing to impose vaccine requirements, whether it’s to work in a specific role or attend a concert. The more progress that Biden continues to make on this front, the stronger his standing will be.
The third objective must be to pass the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package. These measures will help Biden’s core goal of strengthening the economy while tackling long term, systemic problems like climate change and child care. The administration has two pieces of legislation being debated on Capitol Hill — both of which would have an enormous and tangible impact on people’s lives.
It can be hard to stay focused on the big picture after a tragic event like the terrorist attack on Thursday. But that is exactly what great presidents need to prove they can do. If the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress can pull this off — and doing so is no easy feat — they can solidify their standing and help usher the nation into better times.