The Democrat Politicians Can’t Figure Anything Out

If somebody claims to know how the Democrat Party’s battles will be settled, wish them a nice day and swiftly walk away. They passed an infrastructure bill in the Senate — with conservative backing!

However, Democrats are now at odds over whether to bring it up for a vote in the House, let alone what to include in a big social spending plan, and whether it can pass without one another.

It’s possible that everything will slip through their fingertips.

What happens next?

As a result, conventional guarantees that a party will not pull itself over an ideological cliff are no more credible than guarantees legislators will never allow the United States to fall back on its financial commitments.

Nevertheless, the origins of the Democrats’ political turmoil may be traced. It all boils down to a profound misunderstanding of a main political reality presented by Margaret Thatcher, the former conservative Prime Minister.

“First you win an argument, then you win the election,” she said as she steered her Conservative Party sharply to the right.

President Joe Biden and Democrat legislative leaders have maintained this is what voters picked last November in designing their comprehensive social spending measure, which has a national price tag of $3.5 trillion.

Also, polling indicates widespread support for universal pre-K, reduced prescription medication prices, and greater healthcare coverage, all of which would be funded by higher taxes on the affluent and businesses.

“We won the debate and the election, and now it’s time to implement these ideas into law,” the reasoning goes.

The issue is the Democrats did not win an election – at least not in the way that matters, given the peculiar nature of our political system. Even inside his own party, Biden has not been able to win the debate.

The Democrats are Very Disorganized

Without establishing an internal agreement on the details of a governing strategy, the Democrats won in 2020 with the tiniest of margins in Congress and mostly on an anti-Trump platform.

With centrists opposing major elements of his social spending proposal and progressives trying to derail the accompanying economic stimulus package, Biden will need to find a compromise swiftly, if he wants to save his agenda and avoid electoral calamity.

Progressives adopt a seriously inaccurate assumption when they claim Democrats have “complete control” of the federal government. This is an assertion supported by Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, as he refuses to help prevent a national default on debts owed.

With united conservative opposition to the Democrats’ program and a dozen House defeats last November, it only takes three resigning Democrats out of 220 to reject a bill.

The House is evenly divided, but even that doesn’t really reflect the Democrats’ tenuous hold; if Georgia Republican David Perdue had received a quarter-percentage point more of the vote last autumn, Congress would already be in Republican control.