How Biden Set Himself Up for Failure

President Biden is in deep trouble.

A New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday is just the latest survey showing profound discontent with the president  and the direction of the country. Biden’s job-approval rating is a mere 33 percent. More than 6 in 10 Democrats want someone else in their party to run for president in 2024. Only 13 percent of Americans think the nation is on the right track.

Where did Biden go wrong?

There are a lot of theories about why he’s in such a political mess. My own is that they’re all correct to one extent or another. His predicament is what social scientists call an “overdetermined” phenomenon. Something is overdetermined when there’s more than one plausible explanation for the cause of it.

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