The Joe Biden campaign has recently gained enough pledged electoral votes for Biden to be considered the president elect and the celebration has been massive. The Biden presidency could bring monumental changes to a country that has previously been run by a highly controversial and scandal ridden administration; However, before the Biden campaign celebrates there are challenges that will have to be dealt with before the new president can get his wish list started. There are currently six main challenges that Biden will have to face in the future that could derail the president elect’s plans.
1. The first big future challenge that Biden will have to face is securing enough democratic support to flip southern states that were close to flipping in the 2020 presidential election. The main states that Biden and the democrats will have to focus on include Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. The shifting democrats in the sunbelt could provide enough electoral support to turn red southern strongholds into blue fortresses given enough prodding of the blue electorate. Biden will have to secure more democratic support in the south before the end of his term if he wants a good chance of winning reelection.
2. The second big future challenge for Biden is winning back the Latino vote. Biden’s performance with Latino voters in the 2020 election was abysmal and lost him the state of Florida. The Latino population is a significant voter base in some southern states that could win elections if flipped. Any further loss of Latino support would make both Florida and Texas a lost cause for the Democratic party. Biden needs to win back Latino support for a safe reelection campaign or else the Republican challenger will have a leg up.
3. The third big future challenge that Biden will have to face is a possible red wave in the upcoming 2022 congressional elections. The loss of the incumbent Donald Trump has already brandished his base along with many other Republican groups. The resulting surge in Republican support could prevent Democratic Senate control or even flip the House of Representatives. Biden and the Democrats should be careful to push their base to the voting booths in 2022 if they want to keep control of the government.
4. The fourth big future challenge that Biden will have to face is unifying the far left and centrist branches of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has a diverse cast of members that include congresswoman AOC(Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) which stand for a new progressive movement and more traditional centrist politicians such as Biden himself. AOC has even remarked that in other countries she would not be in the same party as Biden. A non-unified Democratic party would leave both congress and the presidency wide open for a red tide to overtake in future elections. Unifying the Democratic Party is key for holding the fort in future electoral cycles.
5. The fifth big future challenge that Biden will have to face is unifying the deeply split sections of America to rally around the administration. It is no secret that many people do not even consider Biden’s win legitimate which is dangerous for the Biden administration’s image in many parts of the country. Biden will have to convince the redder parts of the country to at least accept his administration if he hopes to face less political resistance in the future. If Biden fails to overcome this challenge than the future republican challenger will have a surge of support across the states that swung red in the 2020 presidential election.
6. The sixth and final big future challenge that Biden will have to face is dealing with a split congress to get political wish list items completed. If Democrats do not sweep the Georgia senate runoff elections in 2021, all Biden’s plans will have to be vetted through Mitch McConnell until the midterms in 2022. McConnell could block all of Biden’s proposals which would hamper Democratic enthusiasm. The whims of McConnell could define the quirks and fate of any bill that the Biden administration has on its wish list. Working with McConnell might be a key to the future of Democratic progress in the White House.