Using the ordinarily trusty tactic of shouting “racism” didn’t work for the Democrats in their efforts to terminate the filibuster rule in the Senate. Undeterred, they are now testing a new approach by spinning falsehoods about recent Republican action when they held the majority in the upper chamber.
The Democratic Party is rapidly entering panic mode. The radical progressives in charge of its messaging see their time to get big things done before next year’s midterm elections evaporate quickly. Most notably, the party is watching the founder of Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation spending bill because of party infighting.
It is already a given that the reconciliation bill will not receive any Republican support. As a result, Democrats cannot spare even a single vote for the bill in the evenly divided Senate. At least two moderate Senators, Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), have said that they oppose various parts of the bill. They oppose the price tag attached to different programs, and Sinema has repeatedly said that she opposes any new taxes.
Democrats watched their Freedom to Vote Act election reform bill fall victim to a Republican filibuster this week. That bill proposes to take elections administration away from states in favor of uniform federal rules.
If Democrats see any of their major legislative efforts fail to pass before the end of the year, their chances going forward before the midterms will fall to virtually zero. At that point, electioneering back in home districts will take center stage for many senators and House members.
Because the filibuster in the Senate is the obvious roadblock, the pressure on Democrats to end the rule is becoming even more intense. The latest attack claims that if it were Republicans in control and the roles were reversed. The filibuster would have already been long gone.
Charles Blow of the New York Times wrote this week that if that were the case, Republicans “wouldn’t bat an eye” at killing the filibuster to “have their way.”
Radical leftist Tom Nichols wrote that Republicans would end the filibuster “in a second” if it meant more political power. He added that they count on Democrats “being feckless.”
However, recent history shows that the GOP chose the opposite path when it was available. Even though President Trump called for the Senate to end the legislative filibuster, then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the party chose not to do so.
Whatever happens between now and the end of the year, we can expect the progressives to ratchet the pressure up on Manchin and Sinema even further.