Joe Biden, who has good days and bad days, was apparently lucid enough to appear in public today. Amidst all the chaos on Capitol Hill over the far-left reconciliation package, the president set forth in order to help the negotiations. If reports are any indication, he did the opposite, but that was to be expected. Biden’s ability as a legislative mastermind has always been a myth, after all.
And is it really surprising that he didn’t convince Kyrsten Sinema or Joe Manchin to betray their constituents when this is the kind of commentary he brought?
AP: "In his private talks with legislators, Biden suggested a D defeat on the current bills would be a gift to Rs, empowering a party that he has judged a threat to democracy itself. Defeat, he warned, would embolden the same forces who tacitly blessed [the Jan. 6 insurrection.]"
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 1, 2021
Biden is right in one regard. A defeat of both bills would indeed be a gift to Republicans, who are more than content to let Democrats destroy themselves. Yet, he couldn’t just leave it at that. Instead, he had to invoke January 6th because the left in this country literally has nothing left. Further, Biden essentially saying “Do what I want or there will be violence,” is as anti-democratic of a position as I can think of. This guy is a tyrant at heart, using lies and veiled threats in order to get his way. That is when he’s not passed out in the White House basement because he’s so addled.
Do you know what people suffering under the current runaway inflation don’t care about? January 6th. Do you know what people who have their retirement in stocks don’t care about? January 6th. No one outside the beltway is still obsessing over a three-hour ordeal in which the only person who was purposely killed was shot by a police officer. There are also serious questions about what actually transpired after a judge forced the release of surveillance footage prosecutors had tried to keep hidden (see The Feds Are Forced to Release January 6th Surveillance Footage and Narratives Crumble).
Regardless, nothing Biden said today moved the needle. In fact, he seemed to double down on the very aspects of the reconciliation process that are so offputting to the moderates that hold all the leverage. Biden is classic “BSer,” and he’s learning quickly that he can’t “C’mon, man” his way past this legislative roadblock. Flailing about, bringing up January 6th isn’t going to convince Manchin to nuke his state’s economy, and we all know Sinema just doesn’t care about anything.
I would posit that what we are witnessing is the last gasps of a broken party that knows it’s about to get shellacked in next year’s elections. The disarray we are seeing right now didn’t develop overnight. It’s been building for a very long time, going all the way back to the Trump years. Things are just now starting to boil over, and I don’t think there’s any putting the water back in the pot. The Democrat coalition is too damaged, and their “leader” is a senile old man who can’t do anything but mumble about January 6th and vaccine mandates.