Democrats are doing all they can to upend the filibuster to be able to restrict election integrity bills and pass what they call “voting rights” bills.
Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attacked Republican election integrity bills, claiming they were a “legislative continuation of Jan. 6.” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) gave the game away, admitting that the real purpose of their ‘voting rights’ push was a federal takeover of elections. Clyburn claimed that the “federal elections cannot be left up to the states, should not be left up to the states.” It’s all about control.
But now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is saying the quiet part out loud too, explaining that the Democrats — “every single senator”– are worried that they will lose their races if Democrats don’t control elections.
SEN. SCHUMER admits that nuking the Senate is just about Democrats winning elections:
"They're saying things like ‘I'll lose my election if the legislature is allowed to do this in my state’”
“We'll lose our majority" pic.twitter.com/l6f13OQ34x
— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) January 12, 2022
“There are many colleagues who are making that comment about their own races. … That’s certainly one of the factors,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told The Hill when asked if Democrats were making the case that they could lose reelection without voting legislation.
“These are being done only in Republican states where Republicans control all the levers … so if it’s our voters that they’re targeting, then we ought to have some responsibility to stand up for those voters,” Kaine added.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), speaking about changes to voting laws in various states during a recent interview with CNN, added that nearly every senator in the caucus had been lobbying Manchin and Sinema on voting rights, including “going up to them and saying, ‘I’ll lose my election if … you allow these changes to occur.’”
There’s the truth, and that’s what this has all been about. They’re afraid that people are going to vote them out if the elections are honest. Not to mention if there are election integrity measures in place, they know they will be in deep trouble.
They need Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to move on the issue. Not only aren’t they moving, because they’re smart enough to know that this could kick back on Democrats once Democrats lose the Senate, but they’re not the only ones. As we reported yesterday, there are other folks who are not on board with Schumer yet on doing away with the filibuster, like Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and there are questions about other moderates. Schumer is hanging those people out to dry if he then exposes their positions, and they could get voted out over it — while still not getting rid of the filibuster.
Meanwhile, let’s remind folks what Chuck Schumer previously thought of the filibuster when Democrats were in the minority, that people pushing the elimination of the filibuster want to have the “rubber stamp of dictatorship.”
In March 2005, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer claimed that it would be “doomsday for democracy” if the Senate changed its rules on the filibuster, and that he would “stand in [the] way” of those who want to eliminate the filibuster.pic.twitter.com/SInO8p9bSd
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 11, 2022