A lot of good an interesting posts over the last couple of days. Catching up a bit here.
Those polls do look bad but it is not uncommon for situations to look grim for the sitting President a year away from reelection before voters really sit down and think about it. Clinton and Obama both looked liked certain losers three years in and solidly trailed Dole and Romney respectively a year out. Americans have become a sour, miserable lot. Unless everything in the country is peachy perfect, they hate on the President, whoever he is. And, they usually punish the President's party but, right now, they like the Republicans even less.
Having said that, in my heart of hearts, coming out of 2020, I was thinking Biden would serve just one term to restore normalcy, professionalism and dignity to the White House and the country before passing the torch to a new generation of Democrats in 2024. The fly in the ointment to all of that is Trump's refusal to go away (or get put away in prison). Only Biden can beat Trump but Biden can probably only beat Trump. In my heart of hearts, I would love to see a Gretchen Whitmer vs. [insert Republican not named Trump] race but thanks to Trump, we can't have that.
In some ways, the end of Roe v. Wade was the best thing to happen to the abortion rights movement. It has led to things like substantive laws and state constituational amendmends protecting the right to it which are for more enduring than the house of cards which is judicial fiat. At the same time, however, Ohio Republicans are now off the hook on the issue and that is probably good for them,
Good results for Democrats in many places last night. Again, I think a lot of people don't like MAGAism, as much as MAGAites convince (or delude) themselves that they are the "Silent Majority"--a term which, let's face it, was probably dog whistle for Christian conservative white people all along. They are actually neither silent nor a majority.