Supporters of former President Trump are not happy with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and neither are Democrats. Nevertheless, Mitch continues to work a backroom deal and push his narrative.
This narrative sometimes seems to help right-leaning Americans, and other times seems to hurt, as Mitch has been known to go after America First candidates running for Republican office over the years. With some success, he has managed to keep many unconventional Republicans from getting elected.
Today Mitch has announced some sort of agreement that Mitch has with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The two aforementioned moderate Democrats are claiming they don’t want to be the deciding votes on radical left-wing policies and they want to see some bipartisanship in bills that go to President Joe Biden’s desk.
Right now the U.S. Senate technically has a 50-50 gridlock split, although Democrat Vice President Kamala Harris can break the tie if there is an end to filibuster, otherwise known to some as the ‘nuclear option’. The fact that Kamala Harris is a Democrat is why Chuck Schumer has the Majority title.
Although Mitch has not been a champion for Trump supporters since the recent weeks have taken things downhill for many, this may be a good short-term reprieve to keep radical left-wing bills from passing. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claims this deal won’t hold up and continues to badger Mitch to work out a different backend deal based on the way we are interpreting it. Mitch tweeted:
“I’m glad that two Senate Democrats confirmed today they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden and me on protecting the Senate. With this win, we can move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement built on the 2001 precedent.”
I’m glad that two Senate Democrats confirmed today they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden and me on protecting the Senate.— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 26, 2021
With this win, we can move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement built on the 2001 precedent. pic.twitter.com/fHUCFxxXh8
The Hill reported in part:
The power-sharing talks have effectively been at a standstill for days after McConnell said he wanted assurances on the fate of the legislative filibuster as part of the agreement with Schumer on organizing the 50-50 Senate.
Democrats rejected his demand last week, though they didn’t indicate how they thought the situation would be resolved. Though Democrats don’t have the votes to nix the filibuster, they also scoffed at McConnell trying to box them in despite no longer controlling the chamber.
Democrats don’t have the votes to nix the filibuster, but they’ve also scoffed at McConnell trying to box them in despite no longer controlling the chamber.
Schumer, in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, which was taped before McConnell’s statement, said that he thought McConnell would “come to his senses and take our offer” in a matter of days.
“He’s not going to get his way…that is universal in my caucus,” Schumer said, adding that McConnell’s move “really angered my entire caucus.”
Time will tell how things pan out with the most radical of bills that ‘The Squad’ and others try to push. Meanwhile Joe Biden is likely to continue making executive orders to undo as much of former President Trump’s legacy as he is able to.
The Republicans in the Senate may yet be able to hold the line for some thing for a time, but things are still looking grim for the future of the GOP if they don’t get creative and smart fast. Georgia appears to be blue if not purple now, and other states continue to trend towards being blue that were traditionally red, like Virginia for example.
In 2016 President Trump was able to flip some traditionally blue states, giving hope to Republicans of continued viability. In 2020 many of those states, although they were still close, went back blue. This may be due to the mass mail in voting campaign in part, as mail in voting does tend to favor Democrats.
This leaves but a sliver of a chance for a Republican to possibly eke out a win in 2024 for president, depending on who runs. That being said, the chances of that happening continue to get slimmer.
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