The entire Democrat Party, from top to bottom, is reeling after their efforts to pass legislation that would have federalized America’s election system failed late Wednesday thanks to Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
The two moderate Democrats crossed aisles to vote with Republicans to prevent their Democrat colleagues from using the “nuclear option” to decimate the filibuster (ostensibly only “one time“) so they could pass their desired legislation.
The defeat led to the publication of countless doomsday headlines and tweets from the establishment press, though according to Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker and his colleagues, all hope is not yet lost.
Just prior to the votes Wednesday, he told The New Republic that there would be “continued discussions” no matter what happened because “the imperatives are too great” to give up that easy.
“Just because this vote will most likely fail, it is not a defeat,” he said.
“If it goes down, I see that as a setback, which is a setup for a comeback,” Rep. Terri Sewell reportedly added.
Rep. Joyce Beatty meanwhile reportedly said that “we will come back with a clear plan.”
This “comeback” talk has been a constant refrain from both congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden, who as an example is still trying to push his “Build Back Better” plan, despite Sen. Manchin having made it abundantly clear again and again that he opposes the radical proposal.
‘The bottom line: If price increases are what you’re worried about, the best answer is my Build Back Better plan’ — Here’s how Pres. Biden plans to continue working on supply chain issues, lower prices for Americans, and more pic.twitter.com/WotjhhYEBB
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 20, 2022
The president appears to be just as stubbornly sanguine about eliminating the filibuster and passing his desired election bills.
“I am profoundly disappointed that the Senate has failed to stand up for our democracy. I am disappointed — but I am not deterred. We will continue to advance necessary legislation and push for Senate procedural changes that will protect the fundamental right to vote,” he tweeted after Wednesday’s failed votes.
I am profoundly disappointed that the Senate has failed to stand up for our democracy. I am disappointed — but I am not deterred.
We will continue to advance necessary legislation and push for Senate procedural changes that will protect the fundamental right to vote.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 20, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also doubled down.
“Senate Democrats won’t be deterred. With no support from the Senate GOP—many denying voter suppression even exists—we faced an uphill battle in this vote. But every Senator’s now on record. Americans see who’s for voting rights. It only strengthens our resolve to protect voting,” he tweeted late Wednesday.
Senate Democrats won’t be deterred
With no support from the Senate GOP—many denying voter suppression even exists—we faced an uphill battle in this vote
But every Senator’s now on record
Americans see who’s for voting rights
It only strengthens our resolve to protect voting
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 20, 2022
Note how Schumer wrote that “Americans see who’s for voting rights.”
New Gallup data published this week shows that 37 percent of Americans now identify as moderate, 36 percent as conservative and only a meager 25 percent as liberal, i.e., “progressive.”
Some suspect that these numbers explain why the president’s approval rating is so cataclysmically low, particularly for a guy who started his term in office with an average approval rating of nearly 60 percent.
The thinking is that the Biden administration’s radically far-left agenda is alienating a wide swath of conservative and moderate Americans, and the data does admittedly bear this out.
While it’s true that polls asking whether Americans support the Democrats’ so-called “voting rights” legislation tend to fare well, they collapse once the legislation is broken down into its actual pieces.
For instance, although the so-called “voting rights” legislation outlaws voter ID laws, polls show that a majority of Americans support such laws.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) March 18, 2021
To be clear, Manchin and Sinema both support this legislation. They are Democrats, after all. But both have made it clear that they will never vote to eliminate the filibuster just to move their desired legislation. And indeed, following Wednesday’s vote, Sinema reiterated this stance.
In a statement, the Arizona senator touted her vote for the legislation but stressed her “longstanding opposition to separate actions that would deepen our divisions and risk repeated radical reversals in federal policy, cementing uncertainty and further eroding confidence in our government.”
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile issued a statement via Twitter celebrating the “bipartisan majority” — 50 Republican senators plus Manchin and Sinema — who’d voted to protect the filibuster.
Tonight, nearly every Senate Democrat wrote in permanent ink that they would shatter the soul of the Senate for short-term power. Fortunately, a bipartisan majority saved the Senate and ensured that millions and millions of Americans’ voices will not be silenced.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 20, 2022
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