The Democrats’ dramatic stage production at the Capitol building on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the events there last January 6 was likely orchestrated in large part to drum up support for their efforts to figure out some way to federalize all American elections permanently.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been pushing to vote to change the Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster for ordinary legislation. That’s key to the “election reform” push because there is no way the Democrats will get the 60 votes required to move that legislation to a final vote.
Unfortunately for Schumer, and fortunately for the country, it appears all but certain now that he does not have the vote of all 50 Senate Democrats needed to blow up the filibuster. This week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reiterated a “no” on that question.
Now, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has made it clear that she remains firm in her position to preserve the filibuster. Alayna Treene with Axios reported Wednesday that Sinema confirmed during a “virtual Democratic caucus lunch” she is not going to vote for eliminating the filibuster.
All indications are now that Schumer’s continued pressuring of the two moderate senators and the elaborate Democrat January 6 production this week are only hardening the resolve of Sinema and Manchin to preserve the 60 vote threshold.
By continuing to push for a vote on rescinding the filibuster, Schumer is likely putting several Democrat senators who are up for reelection this year at risk. Holding a vote without assurance there is enough support to win puts Democratic control of the Senate in jeopardy.
Democratic Senators facing difficult elections this year include Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). None of them would benefit from having their local voters see their vote for a losing effort to destroy the rule protecting them from nationalized Democrat election rules.
For the time being, Americans can at least be thankful that Sinema and Manchin are the only two people in Washington preventing the rabid progressives from outlawing voter ID and legalizing ballot harvesting in every single election everywhere in America. Chuck Schumer may deserve a Christmas card this year, though. A losing vote on the filibuster rule could be if he keeps pressing for the disaster.