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How Biden reduces the size of the presidency to succeed

Ramesh Ponnuru: In shrinking the presidency, Joe Biden is breaking the recent norm. Compared with his recent predecessors, Biden gives fewer interviews and takes more holidays. He says it seems to be a deliberate political strategy, and one that has worked. It does not erase his legislative accomplishments, which have been impressive. Frida Ghitis: Midterm elections are referendums on the president.

Voters who disapprove of a president’s performance, even mildly, usually vote to punish their party. The one criticism of Biden that has stuck is that he is too old, Ghitis says.