I warned you all. I warned of the Nazbol Vortex— Vaush (@VaushV) January 25, 2021
59% of likely voters, including 78% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and 40% of Republicans support piloting local guaranteed income programs that provide direct cash payments of $500 to $1,000 per month to people in need.— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) January 25, 2021
Poll w/ @theappeal: https://t.co/0TTvUvzlg1 pic.twitter.com/s8pHSXIStY
For the DFP blog, @SenSanders breaks down his Raise The Wage Act:— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) January 26, 2021
“66% of voters support $15 an hour, including nearly half of Republicans. If Republicans won’t listen to their constituents, then we must use all procedural tools available.”https://t.co/gaziVI0Fxy
redistricting bloodbath coming pic.twitter.com/bAth0XDalN— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 26, 2021
Had Democrats not sued to overturn GOP-drawn maps in FL/NC/PA/VA the past few years, they wouldn’t still be in the House majority today.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) January 26, 2021
But Republicans could conceivably gain enough seats from 2021 redistricting *alone* to erase Dems’ thin House majority.
Huey Long best clips 4/13 pic.twitter.com/4c3JpylAdv— Queenfish Sadie Long (@MrsHueyLong) January 19, 2021
This is a no brainer.
80% of the country agrees on $2,000 stimulus checks. Democrats gained control of the Senate because of the popularity of that bread and butter issue and did it in Georgia of all places.
This is such an obvious way to build political support and momentum that it should be the first order of business for the new Democratic Congress. In the wake of the Capitol Siege though, the focus has shifted to “domestic terrorism,” Blumpf’s second impeachment, censorship, transgenderism, racial equity, climate change and comprehensive immigration reform, which are all intensely polarizing. The Democratic agenda is getting larded down with all of these upper middle class White liberal obsessions.
The only way anything is going to get done in this Congress is to depolarize the country by building political support in the middle for the super majority issues. Delivering on the $2,000 stimulus check would help the most people and it would have the greatest positive political impact for Democrats. There is no reason why a clean bill can’t be sent through the House and put on the floor of the Senate immediately like it was earlier this month in the days after Trump called for it before the Georgia Senate races.
Instead of making the obvious right opening move though, Democrats are trying to bundle the $2,000 stimulus checks with a bunch of other less popular things and push it through via the budget reconciliation process like Obama did with Obamacare and Trump did with his tax cuts. In the end, they will finally push something through, but the catch is that this could be two or three months from now and an ordeal and they could always do this without attaching the $2,000 checks as a hostage to the bill. Putting Blumpf on trial in the Senate after he is gone also gives Republicans the excuse that they need not to work with Democrats to get anything done which otherwise might have 63% to 75% public support.
Republicans are clearly evolving on wealth redistribution. Conservatism is retreating in the party. With Bernie and Trump gone, there is a massive Huey Long lane opening up for a clever candidate who can run through the middle in the 2024 Republican primary and pull even more of those disaffected Independent voters like Donald Trump did in the 2016 election. Neoliberal Joe is no FDR and if he fails to deliver on his mandate would get horse whipped by a Huey Long type of populist candidate who could run against political correctness and open borders and in favor of trust busting and wealth redistribution.
Note: In our last podcast, I talked with Richard Spencer about how the Democrats should govern with their new majority. We both concluded that the smart move was delivering on $2,000 checks, containing COVID, distributing the vaccine, rebuilding the economy and maybe something on infrastructure or health care (with a second budget reconciliation bill in 2022) was the right way forward. This is especially true in light of the narrow Democratic majority and the Republican advantage in redistricting.