Democrats’ voting bill, known ironically as the “For the People Act,” doesn’t have the votes needed to pass.
Among the people who have an issue with it, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who doesn’t approve of the bill or the revisions proposed to it by Democrats, as I reported. It’s basically a bill nationalizing elections, a horrible idea that Democrats are trying to employ to solidify their power.
But Manchin came up with his own compromise. How do you know it’s a bad idea? Stacey Abrams has come out in favor of it. The compromise included making Election Day a public holiday, mandating at least 15 consecutive days for early voting in federal elections, banning gerrymandering, and allowing for automatic voter registration through the DMV among other ideas.
Now Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is saying that the Republicans won’t be having any of it. Cocaine Mitch rides again.
“Senate Democrats seem to have reached a so-called ‘compromise’ election takeover among themselves,” McConnell said in a statement. “In reality, the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise. It still subverts the First Amendment to supercharge cancel culture and the Left’s name-and-shame campaign model. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and hands it over to computers. And it still retains S. 1’s rotten core: an assault on the fundamental idea that states, not the federal government, should decide how to run their own elections.”
In a separate statement about S.1, McConnell called it “a bad bill filled with bad ideas, and I’ve been crystal clear about opposing it from the very beginning. But for Democrats themselves, coming up with a compelling rationale for this unprecedented political power-grab has been a long and winding road.”
McConnell hits the nail right on the head with this. The whole idea of the original bill was badly conceived, to begin with. Why does there need to be some way to save a bad idea that’s about Dems grabbing power? Where’s their justification for this craziness? That’s what we’re not hearing. Why is this even on the table at all other than to get more power? Why do the Democrats suddenly want to essentially reject the form of our elections proposed in the Constitution? Manchin’s “compromise” still has problematic things that will blow up into problems including getting rid of gerrymandering and automatic voter registration.
With that volley from McConnell, now we’ll see if there’s a return from the Democratic side or Manchin. Manchin has said he is standing for the filibuster as has Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). There are others who also are not necessarily going along, as I reported. The time may now be coming to hold them to it. But for the moment, unless there’s a big shift, it would appear that at least the original bill with any of its revisions is kaput and the compromise looks dead in the water, too.