The contrasting approaches between the White House and the GOP sums up the risky gamble each has taken on what is beginning to look like a tumultuous and potentially decisive turning point in political history at the start of the 21st century.
In the country’s relentless march through the next biennial election cycle, each party is now making choices that will provide the foundation for their strategies in the 2022 and 2024 elections in which Trumpism and Bidenism will once again be on the ballot in some form. or another.
But he chose a traditional context, an aging bridge, to advocate for higher taxes on businesses and wealthier Americans to fund vital projects – a centerpiece of his plan. He also offered some flexibility on the scale of a corporate rate hike – as he tries to involve GOP senators – hinting he could settle for a 25% cap instead. of its initial 28% offer.
“I’m not ready to have another period where America will have another month of infrastructure, and not change a thing at all,” Biden said on a highway bridge that carries I-10 to Lake Charles.
“The truth is, across the country we have failed – we have not invested properly in infrastructure for half a century.”
The plan is an apt symbol of a presidency rooted in problem-solving that makes the bet that after a deadly pandemic Americans have arrived at one of the recurring points in history when they are ready to endorse the widespread use of government power to facilitate economic deprivation.
The strategy forces Biden to open a narrow lane through tiny Democratic majorities in the House and Senate – which is not guaranteed. And if he misjudged the mood of the public, he could risk a public backlash that could benefit Republicans next year.
Republicans obsessed with personality cult loyalty tests
The full adoption of Trump by House Republicans represents a scale counterpart to the President’s belief that Americans want a multibillion-dollar corporate overhaul designed to make the economy fairer for working class Americans.
Given Trump’s popularity among grassroots GOP voters and their willingness to accept the false reality he created in last year’s election, the House Minority Leader strategy, Kevin McCarthy, could work, as he seeks to wrest control of the House next year in the midterm elections which could be decided by the party that manages to excite its grassroots voters.
McConnell launches his own maneuvers
McConnell’s attitude was reminiscent of a similar stance he had taken against the presidency of former President Barack Obama. It may also reflect the view of Biden – a longtime training partner – on the gravity of the current political moment. While Republicans in the House are already positioning themselves almost exclusively for the midterm, McConnell, with his chamber’s institutional capacity to serve as a roadblock, is also focusing on short-term efforts to thwart Biden’s transformational aspirations.
But McConnell may also have offered the president an opening to say that Republicans in Washington have rejected his compromise offer on key issues such as infrastructure and his plans to target American jobs and families.
His remarks also immediately drew attention to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who is a bulwark against the power of progressives in the party and who wants a compromise with minority Republicans on the big points of the Biden’s agenda.
Manchin told CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” Wednesday night that he didn’t know what McConnell’s reasoning was, but insisted “there are Republicans working with Democrats who want to shake things up. things”.
Relying on the lies of Trump’s election fraud
The State House of Texas, meanwhile, debated a Republican bill that would limit extended early voting hours, give partisan observers more authority and make it more difficult to vote in urban areas where voters live. democrats.
The fact that DeSantis is so willing to use the electoral system – the heart of American political freedoms – as a prop to advance his own political career shows why some pundits believe he has the courage to serve as Trump’s heir – a figure whose power still hangs over Washington despite his departure for Florida more than three months ago.