Kamala Harris squashes filibuster idea: ‘The votes aren’t there’

(Video: CNN)

Infuriated Democrats are crying out for their political leaders to make their demands a reality, but Vice President Kamala Harris, who claimed “we are in this fight together,” suggested that was all talk when she proclaimed “the votes aren’t there.”

Since the Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned the 1973 opinion of Roe v. Wade, the left has been honing in on access to abortion as a means to expand the powers of the federal government. In addition to varied proposals to decimate the judicial branch through court-packing schemes and political impeachments, calls to ruin the legislative branch by eliminating the filibuster are growing.

However, in speaking with CNN’s Dana Bash, Harris’ non-committal to the idea landed as a pitiful attempt to mobilize voters with more than four months remaining until the November midterms.

“What do you say to Democratic voters who argue, ‘Wait a minute. We worked really hard to elect a Democratic president and vice president, a Democratic-led House, a Democratic-led Senate. Do it now?'” Bash asked.

“But do what now?” Harris replied, evidently missing the point as she attempted to list off things Democrats had tried to accomplish.

The host clarified, “When I say do it now — act legislatively to make abortion rights legal.”

“We feel the same way…Congress needs to do it now in terms of permanently putting place a clear indication that it is the law of the land that women have the ability and the right to make decisions about their reproductive care,” the vice president said, agreeing with the idea, but not that it was a reality.

After Bash pointed out that President Joe Biden had promoted the idea of making an exception for the filibuster on the matter of progressive voting legislation on the Democratic agenda, she proposed the same be considered for abortion.

“Given the current composition of the Senate, the votes aren’t there,” Harris stated, squashing the idea that she was working for the people she has so frequently claimed to be standing up for.

This came after she had already upset the base with her staged photo op on Air Force Two that was slammed as empty rhetoric and pandering. Her message of “We are in this fight together” was met with cries of “Not enough.”

“I want to know what you’re doing. You’ve known this was coming. DO NOT tell us to vote harder. You’re in office because we did. DO SOMETHING,” one Twitter user reacted.

Yet, that is the unifying message from Democratic leaders as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a statement Monday promoting “vote harder.”

“It is essential that we protect and expand our pro-choice Majorities in the House and Senate in November so that we can eliminate the filibuster so that we can restore women’s fundamental rights – and freedom for every American,” Pelosi wrote.

Referring to the 6-3 majority as an “extremist Supreme Court” that “works to punish and control the American people” the speaker went on to argue, “Democrats must continue our fight to expand freedom in America. Doing so is foundational to our oath of office and our fidelity to the Constitution.”

That “fidelity” that would be ignoring the 10th Amendment involved Pelosi explaining, “Our Caucus has been exploring avenues” to reach their radical goals. All of it centers around the same objective – increasing the power of the Democratic Party.

“Do you have a position on whether the filibuster should be eliminated?” Bash asked in an attempt to get Harris on the record on the issue.

Showing how willing to be in the fight for the voters she was, Harris balked at that question as well, saying, “I think the president has spoken on that issue.”


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