WASHINGTON — Democrats have plenty of scapegoats for Republican gains in Tuesday's elections — including President Joe Biden — but they don't have a shared plan to recover. The good news for Democrats is that they have a year before next November's midterm elections. The bad news for their party is they are already fighting over what, precisely, went wrong. The outcome threatens to roil an already messy push to enact President Joe Biden's agenda. And while it's easy to put too much emphasis on a relative handful of off-year elections, party officials are under no illusion about the degree to which the results look like a harbinger. One year after Biden easily carried Virginia and New Jersey, Glenn Youngkin became the first Republican to to win Virginia's governorship since 2009, that state's House of delegates flipped into the GOP's hands and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, found himself trying to fend off a shockingly tough challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli. "How did a 10-point Biden win in Virginia evaporate in one year?" Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said of former governor Terry McAuliffe's failed effort to recapture the state's top office. "There are lots of threads that have to be examined to get us prepared for next year." Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe departs after speaking during his election night event at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner on Nov. 2, 2021 in McLean, Va. Drew Angerer / Getty Images On Tuesday night, Democrats offered up a long list of factors for Republicans' success. They include Biden's flagging approval ratings, a rusty last hurrah for McAuliffe that focused on former President Donald Trump, infighting that has stalled their agenda in Congress and their inability to counter Republican attacks on mask mandates and critical race theory. But few of them touched on voters' fears about inflation, which Democratic leaders in Congress insist won't be accelerated by their plans to inject an additional $3 trillion into the economy over the next decade. Instead, the results immediately reinforced an ideological schism between the party's moderate and progressive wings, which are tussling for influence as the twin pillars of Biden's domestic agenda — a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a $1.75 trillion climate-change and social-spending measure — languish on Capitol Hill. "More Virginians would have voted Democratic if they had child care and if Democrats had accomplished what we promised for years: lower-price prescriptions, paid family leave, long-term care for the elder . . . read the full article here.