Here Lies American Democracy
Hey guys, today is a BIG DAY in DC… The Senate begins debate —MAYBE!— on the For the People Act, and DC Statehood gets a hearing! What could go wrong?
“All of them, Katie!”
Democracy’s last gasp, er, Sen. Joe Manchin will (probably?) vote with the Democrats to debate the For the People Act, though amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell already has declared it dead:
So this is where the rubber meets the road: Will the Republicans filibuster the debate (let alone the bill) as McConnell has vowed, and if so, will Manchin continue to defend the filibuster? Remember, if #MoscowMitch kills the debate, then Manchin cannot propose his popular Voter-ID burnt offering to the GOP.
Meanwhile, Sen. Sinema (D-Allegedly!) has written ANOTHER Op-Ed explaining her love of the filibuster, which our pals at Electoral-Vote handily vivisect, so I won’t bother with here. That said, Democrats have a $1M Amero ad campaign in the Terrible Sand Kingdom of Arizonastan to pressure Sinema:
And the Big Kahuna himself, President Obama is breaking his silence:
“I have tried to make it a policy not to weigh in on the day-to-day scrum in Washington, but what is happening this week is more than just a particular bill coming up or not coming up to a vote,” he said in an interview with Yahoo News.
He added: “I do want folks who may not be paying close attention to what’s happening … to understand the stakes involved here, and why this debate is so vitally important to the future of our country,” Obama said…
“Around the world we’ve seen once-vibrant democracies go in reverse,” Obama said. “It is happening in other places around the world and these impulses have crept into the United States … we are not immune from some of these efforts to weaken our democracy.”
“If we have the same kinds of shenanigans that brought about January 6, you know – if we have that for a couple more election cycles we’re going to have real problems in terms of our democracy long term.”
So what’s gonna happen? I have no idea and the house is not accepting wagers at this time.
Until we can replace an overwhelming number of Senate Republicans, we need Sinema and Manchin, but after that, fire their asses. Scissorheads we are in the Kobayashi Maru test.