Our Failed Political Press
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie is oiling up the ol’ Democrats in Disarray narrative already:
The Democratic takeover of the White House and Congress is complete. But the truth is that the party was caught flat-footed by it: Almost no one expected JON OSSOFF and RAPHAEL WARNOCK to both win in Georgia — let alone planned for how they’d run Washington if it happened.
The lack of preparation is now causing confusion among congressional Democratsabout how they should exercise their newfound power in the critical early days of the administration.
The Trump insurrection stench isn’t even out of the Capitol yet, but you know, Politico is already to go with the Failed Biden Presidency.
Conventional wisdom is that presidents have a small window of opportunity to make their mark with a big legislative achievement or, best case, two. Timing is critical, as is sequencing. But beyond a desire to address the pandemic — unquestionably Biden’s first priority — Democrats seem to be all over the place on what their legislative game plan looks like.
That does NOT sound like the iron-fist rule of Nancy Pelosi, which is their other usual framing about the Democrats.
And what, you ask, are they basing this on?
Contrary to two years ago, when the party took the House and leaders articulated a plan for a series of major votes on guns and equality in the first few weeks of the year, no clear agenda has been presented to them byPresident JOE BIDEN, according to interviews with a half-dozen senior Democrats on Wednesday night…
For now, the frustration is contained to a handful of top lawmakers and aides trying to come up with a path forward. But we shall see how long they can keep a lid on it.
In other words, Politico’s got nothing and we’re not even 24 hours into the Biden Administration, so speculating wildly. Gotta say I’m not keen on the Politico re-boot. Brother Pierce nailed it years ago with the Tiger Beat moniker.