But this week felt like the moment when Democrats — from President Joe Biden on down — realized just how bad things look out there.
Consider these two headlines, which ran on CNN on Thursday and Friday, respectively:
The tale told by those two stories is of a Democratic Party that lacks the votes to revive its signature piece of legislation (Build Back Better) and lacks the initiative or will — at least at present — to coalesce around an agreed-upon message that they can sell to the American public.
That lack of direction couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats.
There is, of course, still time for the political environment to shift. (The election is less than 200 days away.)
But major shifts — particularly in how people perceive the relative strength or weakness of the economy — take time. And there’s no sign of a turnaround right now.
The Point: 2022 was always going to be a tough election for Democrats given the narrowness of their House and Senate majorities. But the way the year has played out — and the seeming lack of any clear message from Democrats — could well foretell an absolute washout for their side.