Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may be in the middle of his last chance at the breathtakingly leftist radical progressive legislative agenda he has dreamed of for decades. Suppose the “Build Back Better” spending bonanza fails to pass the Senate in some version the House will accept before the midterm election season kicks into gear. In that case, he is likely to be hampered by a divided or Republican-controlled government for the rest of his political career.
Charles C. Cooke wrote in an opinion piece published by National Review over the weekend that Sanders is beginning to embarrass himself as his desperation mounts. Cooke’s piece focused on a tweet posted by Sanders last Friday, claiming that a “majority” of Americans have shown “overwhelming support” for the budget reconciliation spending bill. He went on to suggest that “just maybe” that’s why Republicans have had to “resort to voter suppression.”
Sanders’ wishful assertion is not supported by reality. NPR has reported that most American voters are against the wildly extravagant spending package. A Marist poll shows that only 41 percent of respondents favor the Build Back Better bill. While almost three-fourths of Democrats support the bill, only 13 percent of Republicans and a paltry 36 percent of independent voters are in favor.
Of all respondents, only 42 percent said they believe that Build Back Better will support people like them.
Bernie’s idea of “overwhelming support” is not even in the same ballpark as just “support.” Aaron Blake with the Washington Post has shown that Sanders repeatedly argues that Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) should not “thwart” what 48 of their colleagues want to do. The majority that Sanders ignores is the one made up of 52 senators that includes all 50 Republicans.
Sanders’ concept of simple math seems to tell him that a “majority” in his mind is, in reality, a “minority.” The minorities that confront Sanders exist not just on the floor of the Senate but among Americans from every corner of the nation.