The report card grades have been growing in number during the past few weeks, as Americans assign a grade to the performance of President Biden in his first four months. Republicans have tended to issue a glade of D, which is not surprising given that many do not believe that he was duly elected in the 2020 election.
Democratic graders have reported grades of A or B+, the latter from progressives who desire even more government spending. Allow me, as a retired teacher who is used to assigning grades, to give the president a C+. He has taken some positive steps, including organizing the effort against the virus, and filling his cabinet with qualified individuals. Then why not a better grade? Candidate Biden promised to bring bipartisanship to the federal government, yet his efforts to do so have been minimal.
President Biden should have selected a few Republicans to fill some cabinet slots, demonstrating his respect for Republican ideas. He could have made a mere serious effort to actually listen to Republican suggestions when considering legislation. What is the underlying cause of the President’s failure to follow his promise of bipartisan cooperation?
Readers may recall that I voted for Senator McSally in the belief that a Republican-controlled senate would force President Biden to be more bipartisan. My vote did not help her, yet Republican control was still possible if one of the Georgia Senators would win the runoff election in January, which would have given Republicans a 51-49 majority. Both Georgia senators were defeated, resulting in a 50-50 tie which would be broken by Vice President Harris.
Despite Georgia voting for Biden, Republicans outnumber Democrats there, and the numbers should have dictated the election of both Republicans. What prevented this obvious result? The simple answer is that many Georgia Republicans stayed home and did not vote in the runoff. Their absence was in response to President Trump declaring that the election was corrupted, and Trump loyalists did not want to participate in a crooked election.
Once again, President Trump sought to help himself at the expense of his party and the nation. If he had urged Georgians to vote for the two Republican senators, they would have listened and President Biden would have been forced to make a real effort to work with the Republicans in the Senate. Even if you love Donald Trump, you must recognize his failure.