• When so many positive things are happening, why are Joe Biden’s approval ratings sagging? Heather Cox Richardson offers some reasons in her November 27 Letters from an American newsletter.  An excerpt:

“As Semrau puts it: ‘Democrats want to fix bridges, provide childcare and lower drug costs. Republicans don’t. These are political facts and voters should be aware of them.’

To this I would add that Republican attacks on Democrats, which are simple and emotional, get far more traction and thus far more coverage in the mainstream press than the slow and successful navigation of our complicated world.”