We Don’t Have to Live in Mitch McConnell’s World

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    • #375898
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      If current trend lines hold, Joe Biden is on track to not only become the next president of the United States… Yet early reports indicate that Biden’s transition team is already readying its white flag of surrender due to opposition by one profoundly unpopular man—probable Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The Biden team’s cowardice results, they inform us, from simple mathematics. If McConnell controls the votes needed to confirm Biden’s would-be Cabinet, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that McConnell will obstruct, stonewall, and sabotage any effort to build a functioning government.

      Instead of appointing bold personnel committed to Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, the transition team is leaking that they’re resigned to putting forward corporate lobbyists and bland centrists, in the desperate hope that this will appease McConnell into doing his damn job. This argument is also more than a little convenient for the corporate lobbyists and bland centrists desperate for some good reason why they should be considered for jobs. In fact, most of the names floated in Axios’s coverage of “fallback” candidates were already seen as leading choices for various jobs: Lael Brainard at Treasury and Tony Blinken at State, for example. In this sense, the Biden team is claiming their hands are tied in service to putting forward the nominees they want anyway…

      It’s important to recognize that the idea of hopelessness around a Biden Cabinet is nonsense. Biden has several tools available to him to circumvent McConnell’s Senate and still appoint the Cabinet secretaries he needs. And to have any hope of Democratic victory in 2022 and 2024, Biden must not only build a functional, Rooseveltian government, but he must take public credit for it—and publicly jeer those who would stand in his way…Biden has at least two paths to building a Cabinet without running through the Senate…

      Biden and the nation’s only hope rests in aggressively using the executive branch to actively improve people’s lives, and then to take very public credit for it… The Prospect’s Day One Agenda includes policies that would transform American life as we know it—forgiving almost all student debt, busting corporate monopolies, creating a public banking system, decriminalizing cannabis nationwide, and so much more…  Biden must enact these policies, and then take extremely public credit for them…  Don’t think that McConnell’s obstructionism will not cost him. When Newt Gingrich shut down the government in 1995, the public rightly blamed him. Republicans lost House seats in the next election cycle…In 2019, when Trump caused another government shutdown, he too took the public blame for it. As it turns out, the people don’t like it when vainglorious Republicans sabotage the government for petty political reasons.

      When he does so next year, McConnell will be sabotaging the government in the midst of high unemployment and a pandemic on track to claim at least 300,000 lives. It is not hard to convince the American people to hate him for that. Biden needs only to try.

      https://prospect.org/politics/we-dont-have-to-live-in-mitch-mcconnells-world/

    • #375930
      djean111
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      A corporate cabinet is, IMO, exactly what Biden/Vichy Dems want in the first place.  They just want someone else to blame it on.  Kabuki theater.

    • #375933
      Sorechasm
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      Death’s Door. The cabinet selections will as likely be selected by Kamala’s handlers as by Biden’s.

      “Go and tell Alexander that God the Supreme King is never the Author of insolent wrong, but is the Creator of light, of peace, of life, of water, of the body of man and of souls;...what Alexander offers and the gifts he promises are things to me utterly useless;..." Dandamis, a great sannyasi of Taxila.Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

    • #375935
      jerry611
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      Biden is the most establishment-friendly Dem you could possibly find.

      When you elect a politician that has been a moderate for 50 years, you think he’s suddenly going to change?

    • #375937
      MizzGrizz
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      They blame Bitch for their own cowardice and conservatism and expect their gullible base to buy it.

      Sad part is,they probably will.

    • #375981
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      not about biden ‘changing’ @jerry611

      about offers leaders can’t refuse

      which is always the case in politics

    • #375993
      Ohio Barbarian
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      And they’ll come up with all sorts of clever legalistic arguments on why they were so helpless, and blame the voters for not electing a Democratic Senate, while totally ignoring the fact that their candidates who lost were all corporatist or CIA Democrats. Worthless Clyburn types like the vaunted Harrison in South Carolina, who lost by 17 points to Lindsay Graham.

      Yeah, to Lindsey Graham. Don’t blame South Carolina voters for that one. Harrison was a corporatist, so who cares?

      The Democrats would rather have a Republican-controlled Senate than have to join forces with Republicans to defeat any progressive legislation introduced in the Senate. Now they can vote for Medicare-for-All, safe in the knowledge that their Republican friends will vote it down.

      I think Schumer one of the happiest politicians in the country today. Now he won’t be expected to have to do shit. Except bitch and beg for money.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #376001
      MizzGrizz
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      @ohiobarbarian,and the rubes will say poor widdle Joe,held back by that nasty old turtle…when the truth of it is that what Bitch wants,the Democrats want too.

      They can fund raise off  Bitch like crazy and not have to do a thing.

    • #376006
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      these posts by observers not participants

      politics is a participation sport

    • #376032
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @coldmountaintrail What you’re saying is that the participants, the candidates and politicians themselves, know what they are talking about while people like @mizzgrizz and I don’t. Bullshit. For one thing, they usually lie to you. We usually don’t.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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