The Biden administration’s seemingly incessant pressure to find bipartisanship in Congress’ piranha pool will have to deal with Rep first. Chip Roy. Roy, a Republican congressman from Texas, was… caught on hidden camera stick to the GOP’s plans for the long months between now and the 2022 midterm elections.
Speaking specifically of the government’s dual infrastructure proposals, Roy made the Republican position abundantly clear. “Frankly, right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to delay all that until December 2022, and then come in here and lead,” Roy said. In response to a later question about infrastructure, Roy dismissed the government’s proposals as “liberal trash” before saying, “I’m basically saying, ‘Thank the Lord. Eighteen months of chaos and the inability to get things done.” That’s what we want.”
Obviously the “18 months” reference indicates that this video was shot in May, but absolutely nothing has changed in the intervening weeks. If in doubt, look no further than Kentucky, the home state of Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell returned to Bluegrass State for the July 4 two-week congressional recess to brag about the money Kentucky would get from the stimulus bill he voted against, and to promise nothing else would come if he made it to the state. had his way.
NBC News national political reporter Sahil Kapur recently attended a question-and-answer session between McConnell and Kentucky voters. Either McConnell channeled Chip Roy or Roy channeled McConnell, but they both seem to read from the same script.
“[The stimulus bill] passed a straight party line vote”, said McConnell. “So you get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky get nearly $700-800 million. If you add up the total amount that comes into our state: $4 billion…. So my advice to members of the legislature and other local officials: spend it wisely, because hopefully this windfall won’t come around…. We smuggled in far too much money.”
As if that wasn’t clear enough, McConnell continued with the state“And therefore the era of duality in this area is over.” A flashing billboard on the White House lawn – NO! (blink) NO! (blink) NO! (blink) — couldn’t be less subtle.
Not that we needed further directions here. McConnell’s game plan has been clear for 13 years now, and he’s showing no signs of giving in just because President Biden’s approval ratings are high and his infrastructure proposals are wildly popular, even among Republican voters. That’s not the game for Mitch, and make no mistake: it is for him all a game.
“McConnell’s 2016 memoir is called The long game. He plays well’ wrote Peter Nichols in a recent Atlantic Ocean piece about the leader of the minority. “For McConnell, politics is sport. He has won and lost and now aims to regain his old title of majority leader in the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. “If you’re a football fan, it’s like the difference between an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator,” he said. McConnell me. ‘The offensive coordinator has a better chance of scoring.’”
McConnell has promised to cause death of Biden’s infrastructure plans, not because he believes they are bad for the country, but because he flatly refuses to let “the other side” have anything close to a win.
McConnell’s best protection from any consequences for his actions lies in the elemental nature of his party. according to a series of recent polls, a quarter of the US population now qualifies as “very right-wing authoritarian.” Nearly half of Republicans believe state legislators should have the power to undo elections. Nearly 40 percent of Republicans support acts of violence to “protect the country.” About 70 percent of Republicans believe Donald Trump is still president, and 30 percent of them believe he will somehow be back in office in August.
These people are not going to punish McConnell for his intransigence, even if it hurts them in their daily lives. Biden’s mistake is indicative of a broader misstep that hinders Democrats and liberals when confronted by “fascists, authoritarians and other illiberal forces.” warns Salons Chauncey DeVega. “Yes, the economy and ‘class’ are important, but fascist movements are also fueled by dreams of a fictitious past and a return to ‘greatness’, power and dominance for one’s social or demographic group.”
That sounds exactly like Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaign platforms. If he runs in 2024, it will be his platform again. This is the monster in the room and McConnell is willing to ride it as long as he can stay in the saddle.
A recent announcement by the so-called Problem Solvers Caucus — five Democratic senators and five GOP senators — approved a frame for the first half of Biden’s infrastructure plan that would not include new taxes, the version Biden will likely have to take if he wants any form of this legislation to see the light of day. The second half of the proposal — the “human infrastructure” bill, filled with what Chip Roy calls “liberal garbage” and what many of us call basic human needs — will pass by way of reconciliation or fail at all, period, end of file.
My guess is that for the next few weeks, McConnell will suppress the first half of the infrastructure plan, the one the “Problem Solvers” approved, before finally doing everything he can to undermine and ultimately kill it. While this should harden Democrats’ determination to get through the second half through reconciliation — and perhaps, God willing, finally inspire them to try and dismantle the wicked filibuster — there won’t be a real one any time soon. be duality.
That era is over. Mitch McConnell said it into a live microphone, and I take his word for it completely. Biden needs to stop fishing for these piranhas. All they want is to eat him and his policies to the bone.