Democrats are starting to worry that their pandemic policies might hurt them in the midterms.
Mask mandates, vaccine mandates and closed schools weren’t popular over a year ago. Now they are politically toxic.
There is an effort on in Washington for Democrats to figure out how to reposition themselves, and everyone knows it’s just about politics.
Masks off? Democrats try for a pandemic pivot
Democrats are making a U-turn on mask mandates, just in time for the midterms.
It’s happening among the party’s governors, several of whom are easing up their masking rules as Covid’s Omicron wave fades. And it’s happening on the Hill, where Democrats are suddenly lining up to call for rollbacks of the nation’s most noticeable pandemic-era rule.
Their pandemic pivot comes as they brace for a brutal November election in which the virus — and the culture war that’s accompanied it — is shaping up to be Democrats’ biggest blind spot.
“By the time we’re at the midterms, we’ll hopefully not be wearing these,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), gesturing to his own mask as he walked through the Capitol. “People are, of course, frustrated. We all want to get back to life.”…
Many in the party are now coming around to what swing-district lawmakers have privately warned for weeks: that the Biden administration needs to drastically rethink its handling of Covid, particularly in the suburbs. Those vulnerable Democrats worry that ugly clashes over masks, school closings and vaccine mandates will crush them in purple districts this fall. But the current shift may be too little, too late to avoid blowback from voters wearied by pandemic whiplash.
Some Democrats are nudging President Joe Biden to do more to ease Covid exhaustion, using his upcoming State of the Union address to announce a “new phase” of living with the virus.
Everyone knows what this is really about.
COTTON: “The science hasn’t changed. What’s changed is that there is an election coming, and Democrats have seen the polling on this question. Now they’re running scared, and they want to pretend they didn’t force your kid to wear a mask for two years.” https://t.co/DEVjJnSZYa
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 10, 2022
Pivoting is not going to help Democrats.
They need to have pandemic powers taken away from them.