For the better part of a year now, Democrats have vehemently opposed the Senate’s filibuster rule. From the moment Joe Biden took office, there have been rumblings about abolishing it to do a number of things, from forcing through trillions in spending to rigging the 2022 election to stacking the Supreme Court. You know, to save democracy and such.
That push culminated in a visit to Capitol Hill yesterday by Joe Biden. The president was there to push for the abolishment of the filibuster yet again as part of a plan by Chuck Schumer to pass a “voting rights” bill making voter ID illegal, legalizing ballot harvesting, publicly funding campaigns, and handing state redistricting power to partisans in Washington, DC, among many other objectionable measures.
Predictably, that push failed. Kyrsten Sinema gave a surprise floor speech that officially ended any speculation she might vote to blow up the filibuster. Shortly after, Joe Manchin reiterated his opposition in a lengthy statement.
Per those on the left, including Democrat politicians, “white supremacy” had won because the filibuster is a “Jim Crow relic” only used by virulent racists. Don’t believe me? Just ask Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hakeem Jeffries, and Ayanna Pressley
It’s time to abolish the Jim Crow filibuster so we can restore voting rights & keep power in the hands of the people.
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) January 11, 2022
But then something incredible happened. Literally hours after the Democrats embarked on a major offensive to abolish the filibuster as a tool of racists everywhere, they then…used the filibuster. They didn’t just block any bill either. They did Russia’s Vladimir Putin a solid by blocking Ted Cruz’s bill to sanction the Nordstream 2 pipeline.
And 6.5 hours after the vote began, a GOP bill to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has FAILED, 55-44, needing 60 to pass.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 14, 2022
You couldn’t have scripted this any better, and I’m pretty sure Ted Cruz knew exactly what he was doing here. He timed things perfectly to once again show what rabid hypocrites the Democrats are. That the bill was stopped also represented a massive win for the Russians was just the cherry-on-top. The White House actually spent the last week lobbying for Putin in this case.
But remember, it’s Republicans who are soft on Russia. Meanwhile, Biden and his party continue to bend the knee, going so far as to green-light Germany making itself energy dependent on the very country that NATO exists to protect it from. Truly, yesterday was a banner day in exposing the Democrats for exactly what they are on essentially all major fronts. Throw in the prior day’s inflation report, and this has easily been the worst week of Biden’s presidency, and that’s saying something considering what happened in Afghanistan.
In the end, yesterday’s move to block Cruz’s bill felt like the death knell for Democrat attempts to get rid of the filibuster. Not only do they not have the votes, but they are now on record using the 60-vote threshold to block a bill during the Biden administration.