Washington – Poor Joe.
Oh, the misfortunes of Job Biden! Kirsten Sinema insulted him. Mitch McConnell disrespected him. The Supreme Court banned it. Vladimir Putin mocked him. Inflation challenged him. Covid chase. Even Stacey Abrams hardened him.
There are a number of feelings we have about what the President is going through right now, and we should all feel them. Pity, anger, disappointment, embarrassment – and I hope he can move on, because the alternative is really bad.
Despite the misfortune of Biden and his co-workers, we cannot abandon the president as he stands between us and the apocalypse at the hands of Trump, DeSantis, Pence, Kristi Noem and future Chief Justice Amy Connie Barrett.
President Biden imagined himself another president in the Senate. Unfortunately, he was thinking of the Senate in 1984. He was supposed to be equal to Mitch McConnell in the cunning of Senators. But, so far, McConnell – Einstein’s obstruction – has spectacularly succeeded in destroying Biden’s agenda.
A major achievement for Biden, the infrastructure, was accomplished with McConnell’s support because there was enough pork in the state in the bill to repair the pits on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky.
When President Biden stepped into the Senate on Thursday to have lunch with Democrats, after Cinema publicly stabbed him in the heart, he couldn’t help but slip into the misty mists of past, good old days when he could reason with Webster, Clay and Calhoun. (Maybe not with Calhoun).
At the private meeting in the Kennedy conference room, Biden said how much it meant to him when he was newly elected to the Senate and Ted Kennedy took him to lunch, according to some attendees. The president remarked wistfully that he saw an empty Senate dining room, where all the senators were punishing and striking deals in a cell of bipartisan fellowship. Reiterating a point he made in his big speech about voting rights in Atlanta, he said that even Strom Thurmond – the once segregated presidential candidate – was more supportive of voting rights than Republicans are now.
But eating navy bean soup with McConnell and Jon Thon won’t break a fever. No matter how many times Biden Strom mentioned Thurmond, he’s not going back.
Strom Thurmond? Nancy Pelosi said after Biden brought Thurmond at a voting rights speech in Atlanta. “None of us have many happy memories of Strom Thurmond.”
The problem was the same from the start. What Biden remembers fondly is not the Senate, the state, or the world. Republicans are not open to persuasion. Their goal, as it was with Barack Obama, is to make the Biden presidency a failure.
One of the many fallacies of Cinema’s bland and frightening logic in its Senate speech about why it should maintain the disruption is that it faults the Democrats for not doing more to bring Republicans into the House to protect voting rights.
Psst! Senator Cinema. This is the point. Republicans don’t actually want everyone to vote, unless they’re rural or white. And they don’t want to help Biden. This is all in their favour. McConnell is no fool.
Republicans know that facilitating the casting process during the pandemic helped elect two new Democrats from Georgia and make Chuck Schumer, not McConnell, the leader of the Senate. And McConnell doesn’t want that to happen again. Although Schumer represented such an easy task, he reneged on his promise to face voting rights by Martin Luther King Day because winter weather was threatening.
But Cinema feels that more talk is required. “We need strong and sustainable strategies that put aside party labels and focus on our democracy,” she declared. Yes, as if that would happen. It delusions the Senate like Biden.
Biden was elected to be no Trump, to be a comfortable old shoe. He was over-promising and not delivering. People wanted efficiency and stability and instead we get inefficiency and instability.
Biden runs the White House like an office in the Senate with his inner circle familiar to the white man from the old days.
But the real problem lies with the president himself, who cannot shake the cobwebs of the Judiciary Committee, which held its largest hearing in the same ornate party hall where he met Democrats on Thursday.
He is also in the weeds in operation. He’s so lost in last year’s snows that he continues his Amtrak Joe commute nearly every weekend to Delaware, albeit with better wheels, trading the train for Marine One.
We want the president to rise above it and be an inspiring figure. We don’t want further updates to his negotiations with Joe Manchin.
We want to see Covid under control. We want to protect the sacred right to vote. We want grocery shelves stocked with milk and meat at affordable prices. We want a president who tells us we’ll get through this and be stronger for him.
Better if Joe Biden builds better or he won’t come back. If he doesn’t turn things around, he set the stage for Republican defeat in this fall’s midterm elections. And in 2024, who knows how bad it could get?