Joe Biden was billed as the steadying antidote to four turbulent years of Donald Trump. But after being buffeted this summer by one crisis after another — Covid, Afghanistan, wildfires in the West and Hurricane Ida in the East — his young presidency is confronting a make-or-break fall.
Democrats are well aware of what happened to the last two Democratic presidents after a choppy first two years. Halfway through Bill Clinton’s first term, in 1994, Democrats lost 54 House seats and eight in the Senate, ceding control of both houses of Congress to Republicans for the first time in 40 years. The carnage during Barack Obama’s first midterm was even uglier: Democrats lost 63 seats in the House.