It is easy to conclude that the Democratic party’s progressive wing (Bernie Sanders), has been consistently poor. But they’re consistent.
The latest fallout from the Democrats in charge of the Senate coming on the heels of Joe Bidens’ first year in office is this: Our favorite curmudgeon from Vermont is endorsing the idea that two of his colleagues in the Senate should face a primary challenge. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia), both Democrats, are being criticized by Senator Cranky Pants. They refuse to destroy the Senate’s filibuster.
Sanders, of course, is NOT a registered Democrat but caucuses with them because the Senate currently does not have a crazy caucus for “independents” as of this writing. Chuck Schumer might have an idea.
These are the things that bother Bernie, thanks to our colleagues at Townhall…
“Anybody who believes in American democracy has got to vote to enable us to go forward with 50 votes to suspend the filibuster, at least on this vote,” he said.
Democrats want a filibuster deal to allow two Democratic-backed bills to be passed with simple majority, instead of 60 votes required to prevent a filibuster. Sinema, Manchin and Sinema both stated that they supported the bills. However, they will not support any change in the Senate rules for the passage of the legislation.
Sanders said that there is a “good chance” opponents of changing the filibuster could face primary challenges but noted that their fate ultimately lies in the hands of their constituents.
“There’s a very good chance that people in those states— it’s up to the people in those states but it’s not just even the voting rights,” he said.
And when asked whether he would support primary challengers to lawmakers wishing to keep current Senate rules in place, he said, “Yeah, I would.”
Bernie is always right, and never seems to get it wrong.
Here are a few of the things that stood out to me.
This little gem from Bernie is the first. It’s super fascinating.
Anyone who believes in American democracy should vote. This will allow us to move forward with 50 votes At least for this election, suspend filibuster
Here is the thread they’re trying to thread. It is clear that the GOP will take control of Congress in the next year. They want the filibuster to be suspended for this ISSUE only. They know they’ll need it at one point, and they’ll be grateful that they do have it. However, they want the voting package to pass.
My second observation is here. Why?
These election reforms they say are so necessary prevented Joe Biden being elected last year. Did there seem to be a lot of people who were prevented from voting because they are black or for some other reason that Bernie and progressives like him constantly complain about? Biden scored only 81,000,000 votes in 2020. Barrack Obama’s 2008 win of almost 70,000,000 votes was a comparison.
Allow it to sink in, and let it marinate for one minute.
Keep in mind what Joe had to say about Obama in 2007. ABC News…
Biden is taking some heat for comments he made to the New York Observer, in which he said of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a rival for the nomination: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
The result? “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” received 11 million fewer votes than the doddering old fella with Puddin for brains who hardly left his basement during last year’s campaign. Yet we have a voting crisis akin to the ’40s ’50s and ’60s?
You are telling the same story.
The Democrat Party must move a little closer to the center if they are to survive. Bernie’s attack on Sinema and Manchin is about as stupid as it gets. But, I won’t discourage it. So, I’ll watch from the sidelines while the party crumbles.
Don’t be afraid to join me, I promise it will be a blast to watch!!