I have a solution. All members of Congress who promoted either 1) insane election fraud theories or 2) insane Russia collusion theories, should resign for deceiving the American public. Which means about 90% of Congress should resign— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 13, 2021
> when everybody forgets you just denied them the bag because trump’s maga morons went and pulled the dumbest bullshit stunt in american political history pic.twitter.com/uOHpGqnl9g— ? (@urbanartshop) January 13, 2021
In this unprecedented moment, the new Democratic majority must show that we can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. Yes. We must impeach Trump. Yes. We must process Biden’s nominees. Yes. We must pass legislation that addresses the enormous crises facing working families.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 13, 2021
Until the Capitol Siege, I was optimistic that the next two years might not be a total waste and another polarizing shitshow of grandstanding and performance art politics. I thought that with a narrow Democratic majority in Congress that we might get some things done like the $2,000 stimulus checks, the repeal of the Trump tax cuts and the long blocked infrastructure bill which are supported by an overwhelming majority of populist voters. It seemed like things were calming down and the composition of Congress and the historical precedent of midterm election losses for the incoming party would require prudent and moderate leadership and a focus on supermajority issues.
“Biden is preparing to push populist themes, like larger stimulus checks and mass vaccination programs for Covid-19 relief. Democrats believe they are the kinds of policies that could bring more immediate political returns than a sweeping overhaul of the health care system, which became a short-term liability for the party in 2010.
The focus on opening schools, small businesses and stadiums by the fall “is ultimately going to dominate the 2022 cycle in the same way that health care did in 2010,” said Tom Perriello, the former Democratic congressman from Virginia, who lost his seat that cycle. …
For Democrats, there are fears that getting a handle on the pandemic — while immensely difficult in its own right — will not be enough politically. Paul Begala, the famed Bill Clinton adviser, said the mantra of the 1992 campaign — “It’s the economy, stupid.” — still applies today.
“Taming Covid is necessary, but not sufficient,” Begala said. “Creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs by fixing bridges, repairing water systems, updating the grid, retrofitting buildings — a Biden jobs agenda can help stave off the midterm slump.”
“President-elect Joe Biden has spent months pledging to work with Republicans to advance his agenda. But Senate Democrats are now gearing up to pass Biden’s first major legislative package without them.
Key Senate offices are coalescing around a plan to pass another round of coronavirus legislation soon after Biden takes office using a process called reconciliation, which would allow them to move forward without any Republican support, five Senate aides tell POLITICO.
The package, which Biden said late last week will be “in the trillions of dollars,” is expected to provide direct relief to Americans through stimulus checks and give federal funding to help cash-strapped state, local and tribal governments distribute a vaccine and survive the most dire phase of the pandemic to date. But, freed of the need to compromise with Republicans, Democrats are also discussing including other priorities, including investing in infrastructure, moving to sustainable forms of energy and potentially even expanding Obamacare subsidies. …”
This sounds like a good start.
The Capitol Siege, however, has stepped all over Biden’s agenda.
Suddenly, we’re back to discussing impeaching Donald Trump and Big Tech censorship and the focus is on the Qtard Putsch instead of rounding up the votes in the Senate necessary to deliver $2,000 checks. It has derailed Biden’s First 100 Days. Impeaching Trump again when he has a week left in office is a pointless act of political theater and seems like the perfect excuse for Senate Republicans to do nothing but style themselves as “The Resistance” for the next two years. This is what their donors want anyway and the danger is that Republican voters could feel persecuted enough to be satisfied with it.