As Democrats impatient to reach top priorities, Biden is yet to weigh in
WASHINGTON – As Democrats appear stuck on infrastructure, fear Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, and find themselves running out of Senate votes to pass vote protections, there is still one person left who doesn’t has yet to weigh in on how to move forward on these issues.
This is President Joe Biden, who was abroad last week and is meeting Russian Vladimir Putin today.
Make no mistake: we do not subscribe to the “green lantern theory” of politics in which a president has magical powers to persuade the political opposition to support his proposals.
But what we think is that a president has significant influence over the elected (and unelected) leaders of his party. And Biden – at least for now – has yet to decide how to proceed on these matters.
On infrastructure, a president can have a huge influence on, say, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., That Democrats don’t have the 50 votes needed to get it through reconciliation, and Democrats do. need GOP votes.
Or he can tell Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V., that there will never be enough GOP votes, and the only chance to pass the infrastructure (and get the money in West Virginia) is through reconciliation.
But Biden and the White House still haven’t decided how to move forward.
But Biden, to our knowledge, still hasn’t embarked on a similar charming campaign / offensive with Breyer.
And on voting protections, look at who meets today with Texas Democratic lawmakers calling for federal help in ending GOP (Vice President Kamala Harris) voting restrictions, versus who doesn’t. (President Biden).
So, with all the liberal anger at Manchin and Senator Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz, all the angst about Breyer’s future and all the worries about the vote, the politician we should watch out for is Biden.
Of course, it’s just in June. And of course none of these problems are easy (especially when it comes to voting protections and what to do about GOP obstruction).
But the person who has the most influence over his party – and who must resolve these sensitive issues – is the President of the United States.
Let the summit begin
“President Joe Biden sits for the first time since taking office with Russian President Vladimir Putin here on Wednesday in what is expected to be a controversial several-hour meeting – a meeting where Biden said he would indicate where American red lines, and the consequences for Russia if they are crossed, ”writes NBC’s Shannon Pettypiece.
“Biden and Putin, who arrived at the summit site first, shook hands and exchanged a few short words while posing for a photo on the red carpet outside the main entrance. As expected, neither of the two made remarks and the two leaders did not respond to shouted questions from reporters. After the salute, the two disappeared inside, the double doors closing behind them.
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