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Okay, that's a bit of a bold statement. But I think that the Administration is basically sowing the seeds for a really abysmal 2022 election here in Florida by just missing almost every opportunity on the recent Cuba demonstrations, which will make it very difficult for any Democrat to beat Rubio.

They were already falling behind a few weeks ago:

Fernand Amandi, a Democratic pollster in Florida, said Biden has a chance for a reset that he and his party cannot afford to waste. “Biden has this political opportunity that has just landed into his lap to recalibrate and redefine how the Cuban issue is regarded — not just by voters in Florida, but by all Americans,” he said.

In a sign of how urgently Democrats wanted Biden to speak up, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who is challenging Rubio, fired off a tweet practically demanding the president get more involved.

“America stands for freedom. We must stand with the peaceful demonstrators in Cuba as they struggle for theirs,” Demings wrote, adding, “The White House must move swiftly.” On Monday, she issued a subsequent statement echoing Biden’s words.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-cuba-protests/...

Since then? The Administration has been taking its time in formulating what to do next with Cuba. Progressives from other parts of the country have been attacking the sanctions policy as contributing to Cubans' misery - which (for good or ill) echoes the party line of the Cuban government, and even Democrats know it's going to land as tone-deaf here:

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/15/aoc-cuba-tweet-flor...

The GOP has been going buckwild pounding them for it. The steps that Biden has adopted have been mostly window dressing.

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/florida-playbook/2021/0...

https://theweek.com/joe-biden/1002932/bidens-new-sanctions-o...

And now today - late on a Friday - the Administration announces some more redundant sanctions and some internet connectivity programs for Cuba. So don't expect anything really substantive from them on this.

Democrats got crushed on the socialism issue among Florida's latino voters last cycle. Biden isn't their problem. I'm not sure that policy is their problem. It's that they now have a few U.S. representatives who are actual members of the Democratic Socialists of America, a Senator and almost-nominee who self-identified as socialist (Sanders), and a whole bunch of prominent state and local candidates who Republicans can point to as showing the Democrats like socialism:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Democratic_Socialists_...

That creates an enormous vulnerability for Democrats in Florida, where a fair number of our latino communities are made up of people fleeing from left-wing governments like Cuba and Venezuela.

Cuba's protests were a gift to the Democrats to reverse that. It looks like they have chosen not to take it.

Albaby
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