Hovering around 50% job approval in the RealClearPolitics average, President Biden faces a challenging political landscape just seven months into the job.

It may be time for his administration to start focusing on what’s going right in America, veteran Republican strategist Dave Winston suggested in a recent Roll Call op-ed. What Biden’s White House team must be wondering at the moment is whether money can buy you love.

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill Congress just passed is less than the administration wanted, but it’s not peanuts either. Will it bolster Biden’s job approval overall, and for how long?

The records of Bush, Obama and Trump stimulus spending is mixed, in part because such influxes of borrowed cash into the economy take time to yield results. But going further back to the forerunners of entitlement programs like Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Franklin Roosevelt, the political benefit of government expansions for seemingly worthy programs, at the time, traces no more clearly from the initiators to their current day parties.

Despite all this, Biden needs to concentrate on leaving some discernible footprint now.

Misfires will hurt his administration the more they continue. Why call on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign? If he doesn’t, the president looks weak. Who thought that was a good idea? Leave it to New Yorkers and focus on wins.

According to Axios’ Jonathan Swan, senior democratic strategists including Donna Brazile and Stephanie Cutter gathered for a crisis team dinner to talk about “how to help” embattled Vice President Kamala Harris.

When Washington insiders hand-wring about you in a semi-public way, you’re in probably irreversible trouble. I’ve pointed that out in this column before. To be doing less well than Dan Quayle (as some suggested, though no one’s yet talking about Spiro Agnew) means you’re a serious drain. The issues with which Harris was assigned — immigration and voting rights reform — are similarly endangered.

The surge of Delta variant COVID-19 cases is bad news for a White House that took credit for rising vaccination rates and a loosening of pandemic restrictions this spring.

Taken together, all these problems point to a need for Biden not to get bogged-down by firefighting. Americans yearn for news that things are going to get better, just as motorists traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike might hold out for the Delaware line so they can refuel and refresh at the Biden Welcome Center rest-stops. Just bigger.

Now we’ll find out if money can buy you love.

Sam Patten is a recovering political consultant who was raised in Knox County and worked for Maine’s last three Republican senators.