Joe Biden’s Narrow Mandate

President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus during an address from the East Room of the White House, March 11, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Most votes on major pieces of legislation in 2021 have been close to pure party-line divisions.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hat kind of mandate does Joe Biden have to remake America? At some point, he will hit the limit. It may be a lot more limited than progressive activists would like to believe.

What does a presidential mandate even mean? As I explained four years ago when Donald Trump was gearing up for his term, there are really three kinds of mandate: the executive mandate, the voting-coalition mandate, and the legislative mandate.

The first and simplest is the executive mandate: Is Biden the legitimately elected president of the United States? Just as was true of Trump, he is. He won by the

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