Democrats Walking a Tightrope

Democrats Walking a Tightrope

( – It wasn’t long ago that Democrats were elated to own a united government. It doesn’t often happen that one of the two political parties dominates all three branches of government. However, what good is it if the political party itself isn’t united?

That tightrope is creating a challenge for Democrats as they confront razor-thin majorities. They dominate the House by only six votes and are tied in the Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris is the tiebreaker. There is little question about the House’s ability to pass controversial left-wing legislation. However, in the Senate, three Moderate members could stall any legislation that comes out of the House when Republicans stay united. It’s playing out now, and the impact could directly impair President Biden’s first two years, if not longer.

Three Moderate Senate Democrats Are Pushing Back Against the Left

During the 2020 general election, Biden was pushed hard by the far Left. He all but gave them the party’s campaign platform and courted them heavily. He believed they were the key to winning the election. In Biden’s first month in office, Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gave him high praise for shifting the country hard to the Left.

However, three Moderates are pushing back against some of the far-Left agenda, and it’s not sitting well. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Jon Tester (D-MT) are creating headaches for the party. They are staunchly against a $15 minimum wage increase in the COVID-19 relief proposal and are threatening to derail the bill if it remains. Two weeks ago, Senate Democrats agreed to strip the provision. However, the House reinserted it late last week. It’s likely to die again in the Senate. In addition, the three Senators also are forcing more targeted aid. They want to prevent upper-class taxpayers from receiving stimulus checks.

Democrats threatened to end the filibuster during the campaign if the then-Republican-led Senate confirmed Amy Coney-Barrett to the US Supreme Court. Republicans did, and Leftist Democrats denounced the move promising to end the long-held practice.

By ending the Senate rule preventing the 60-vote threshold from moving any legislation in the Senate, it opens the door to a myriad of potential Left-wing opportunities to pass controversial legislation. First, ending the filibuster could clear the way for Democrats to stack the Supreme Court and overturn the 6-3 Republican-appointed majority. That’s impossible without all three moderate Senators, and Manchin explicitly stated it’s a non-starter for him.

Finally, there are controversial cabinet picks by Biden to contend with as well. Manchin is threatening to block the appointment of Neera Tanden as the Office of Management and Budget director. Over the years, Neera has been highly controversial in her thinly veiled criticisms pointed at both parties. Additionally, Manchin is expected to vote against Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy, whom he voted against in 2014.

It’s Not Looking Good for the Left Wing

The three Moderates hail from Conservative or Centrist states. The Left in no way threatens them in a primary attack. However, they are likely to influence upcoming infrastructure and jobs bills that could include parts of the Green New Deal. Additionally, the Left wants Biden and Democrats to follow through on promises to pass a Left-wing agenda on voting rights, civil rights, gun rights, climate change, immigration reforms, and more.

The Left knows it may only get one shot at their agenda, and they’re more than willing to push the pedal in as far as possible and go as fast as they can. With midterms coming, it could be challenging for Senate Democrats in Right-leaning Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania if Moderates cave.

For now, it appears Centrist Democrats are planning to flex their muscles.

The question is, will they get tired?

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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