When Democrats took over the Senate and gained the majority with Harris’ tie-breaking vote, Senator Schumer (D-N.Y.) was tasked with delivering the Biden agenda.
Schumer was expected to deliver a full slate of Democrat votes and swing the handful of anti-Trump Republicans over to the left to make this happen.
Schumer, however, has been an epic failure, often unable even to deliver his fellow Democrats, creating even more divide in the Democrat party.
Crushing Blow for Dems, Schumer
After reaching the majority, Democrats made it quite clear they had no intention of working with Republicans.
They used reconciliation on the first budgetary bill that went through Congress, raising red flags even among some moderate Democrats.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) was among those concerned and even though he voted for that bill, he vowed it would be the last time.
Now, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is siding with Manchin over Schumer, showing a clear crack in the Democrat Party.
When you consider that House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) failed to deliver the full slate of Democrats in the For the People Act, Democrats are growing more concerned that they are about to waste the first two years of Joe Biden’s presidency.
If the 2022 election goes the way we think it will go, Biden will be nothing more than a lame-duck president for the majority of his term.
This has created a bit of a panic on the far left, with progressives starting to express their concern over the leadership of Schumer.
Mary Small, the national advocacy director for the progressive group Indivisible, stated, “It is absolutely his job to be using every tool that he has in his toolbox to unify his caucus and be able to move things ahead.
“That is the entire mandate that he has as leader. This is certainly not just the Manchin-Sinema show.”
Schumer has openly attacked the filibuster, but he does not even have the support within his own party to end it, let alone the 10 Republican votes that would be needed as well.
Actually, Schumer’s divisive and one-sided ways have led to a complete defection by Manchin, who published an op-ed this weekend blasting the partisan nature of legislation working its way through Congress.
In part, he stated, “I have always said, ‘If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it. And I cannot explain strictly partisan election reform or blowing up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda.”
Manchin has put a target on his head, and members of his own party are now attacking him to get him to cave.
Progressive media members have now taken to calling him a racist and power-hungry, but that has only made Manchin did in more.
It all points to a failure greater than Paul Ryan’s when he was the Republican Speaker of the House.
Schumer has been waiting for this moment for years, and he is failing miserably, much to our delight.
Source: The Hill