Joe Biden is supposedly dead and buried, according to a former New Jersey governor. On Sunday, Chris Christie (R) declared that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is “now officially dead and buried,” following the President’s travel to Capitol Hill to attempt to break a Democratic impasse over a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a massive social spending agenda.
The trip to Capitol Hill effectively “capitulates” the 2020 Joe Biden.
“It is the death of 2020 Joe Biden. On ABC’s “This Week,” Christie stated that “when he moved to the Hill, 2020 Joe Biden is now officially dead and buried.”
“The guy who competed against progressives, against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, he ran as a uniter in this country, he campaigned on a platform of forging compromise. And he marched up to Capitol Hill and capitulated to the progressives, the liberals in the party.”
“So why would we be shocked? He was incapable of confronting the Taliban. How could we expect him to disregard AOC?” he said, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), before co-anchor of “This Week” Jonathan Karl termed his remarks as a “partisan take.”
Christie’s remarks come on the back of Democratic House leadership’s failure to schedule a vote on the bipartisan $1.2 trillion bill recently passed by the Senate. Progressives have threatened to veto the bill if the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, including Democratic objectives, is not passed concurrently with the infrastructure bill.
The 2020 Joe Biden’s Agenda pits Liberals & Moderates at loggerheads.
On the other hand, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have declared that they oppose the reconciliation’s current price tag, with Manchin stating that he would prefer a $1.5 trillion price tag instead.
Given the party’s coalition of suburbanites and socialists, it was likely inevitable that Mr. Biden would upset at least one faction of his party. What was fascinating, and maybe equally startling, was how he wronged the moderates who steered him to the nomination while energizing the progressives who battled him tooth and nail in the primary.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said her caucus wants to move forward like 96 percent of the Democratic Caucus. The 4% — particularly Mr. Manchin and Ms. Sinema — are the stumbling block.
“We realize that we do not always get our way on everything. The rest of us, the 4% who block the President’s plan, the Democratic agenda for which we campaigned, need to wake up.”
The decision to keep the fates of the two bills entwined is a big risk. Infrastructure was a bird in the hand; it passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 69 in August.
The bills are all at risk, a position that is deteriorating with each new demand made by Mr. Manchin and Ms. Sinema that pulls the social policy bill further away from the liberal agenda. If the two camps cannot reach an agreement on that proposal, Mr. Biden may end up with nothing — a disaster for his party and leader.
As Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips put it, “the linear and expeditious process that the majority of us would want.”
Mr. Phillips, a charismatic centrist who won a Republican district last year, expressed optimism earlier this week that Mr. Biden could emerge as the party’s unifying factor. He noted on Friday, though, that those prospects had been “sadly diminished” following the President’s “nothing-burger” Capitol visit.
According to several senior Republican leaders, ‘far-left Democrats are driving the bus, and Joe Biden has capitulated. However, a senior White House aide said Biden expects both bills to pass.
Mr. Phillips expressed confidence that both bills would pass. Other legislators from competitive seats, on the other hand, were privately depressed about their incapacity to spend the rest of this fall demonstrating bipartisan progress in Washington.
Biden traveled to Capitol Hill on Friday to alleviate tensions among his party, yet his efforts to unite Democrats fell short.
The failure to introduce the bipartisan infrastructure bill to a vote proved to be a victory for progressives. However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) articulated the decision to stall the vote in a Saturday “Dear Colleague” letter, stating that “more time was necessary to achieve our goal of moving both bills, which we will.”
Pelosi also stated that the bipartisan bill must be passed by Oct. 31.