When asked by reporters on Monday morning if an agreement will ultimately be reached on his ambitious spending proposal this week, Vice President Biden turned to one of his grandfather’s catchphrases.
The president said, “With the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors,” as he was about to board Air Force One.
The Democrats are only maintaining their Senate majority “by the grace of God,” despite the fact that Biden did not mean it in the exact same way.
It is not necessary to study actuarial figures to comprehend how precarious a Senate majority with zero votes to spare can be during a pandemic. All that is necessary is a review of the Senate’s first two years during Dwight Eisenhower’s administration.By caucusing with the Republicans, an independent senator from Oregon named Wayne Morse helped the Republicans maintain a 48–47 majority in the Senate after the 1952 Eisenhower victory. A staggering nine senators passed away in office during the course of the following two years, including Majority Leader Robert Taft.
The New York Times stated that the Senate was controlled by the Republicans “more out of courtesy than actuality” after his passing in 1953.
Even though Morse would soon turn into a passionately liberal Democrat, the Senate Democrats, led by their newly chosen Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson, never tried to take advantage of their position.
In the Master of the Senate volume in his majesty series of LBJ biography, Robert Caro makes it obvious that Johnson believed that the best political course of action was to rather than fighting Eisenhower, cooperate with him.
Even while governors have the authority to nominate senators to temporarily fill vacancies, the Democrats shouldn’t find any solace in this arrangement.
States with Republican governors are represented by fifteen Democratic senators. Furthermore, seven of them—Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Jeanne Shaheen, Ben Cardin, and Joe Manchin—are over the age of 70.
Mother Jones first reported last week that Manchin has been thinking about leaving the Democratic Party to run as an independent. Manchin confirmed the reports after initially denying them angrily, but he stressed that he would still caucus with the Democrats nonetheless.
On topics like climate change and abortion, Kyrsten Sinema is far to Manchin’s left, although one can envision Angered by the hostility shown toward her by party activists, she left the Democrats.
A Senate party swap that changes the majority has happened before in contemporary times. A genuine moderate Republican from Vermont named Jim Jeffords left the GOP in 2001 when the Senate was evenly divided, electing Tom Daschle majority leader. The unchangeable facts of human mortality pose the greatest challenge to Senate Democrats. The goal is to seem realistic rather than spooky. Chinese container ships have been arriving at ports faster than legislative discussions about the Biden reconciliation plan.
At the end of July, Manchin sent Chuck Schumer a memo stating that he would not approve a spending plan that exceeded $1.5 billion.Angered by the hostility shown toward her by party activists, she left the Democrats.
A Senate party swap that changes the majority has happened before in contemporary times. A genuine moderate Republican from Vermont named Jim Jeffords left the GOP in 2001 when the Senate was split evenly as it is presently. Democrats are just now, three months later, coming to terms with the fact that talk of spending $3.5 trillion was merely a left-wing air castle.
Because Democrats are aware of the devastating repercussions of losing just one Senate seat in the middle of a legislative fight, this glacial pace is incomprehensible.
Massachusetts Democrat Martha Coakley, who was conducting what was arguably the worst major campaign of the twenty-first century, managed to win the election in January 2010.lost the special election to fill the vacated Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy.
Because of that, the Democrats lost their chance at a majority in the Senate that would have prevented a filibuster. The faulty, previously authorized Senate version of the Affordable Care Act was therefore the only one that could be approved by the House.
The Democrats’ peculiar obsession with human frailty in other political contexts is puzzling. A significant worry was that a GOP governor may get to nominate a replacement for 87-year-old Dianne Feinstein during the brief period when normally sane people fretted that Gavin Newsom might lose the California recall election. Democrats are still in shock over the idea that Amy Coney Barrett, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opposite on the Supreme Court, should have