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Dems Pivot from Build Back Better to Useless Extremism


Unable to pass their welfare-state expansion with a simple majority, Democrats have reportedly shelved Build Back Better for the year. Now prepare for the entire left-wing infrastructure — politicians as well as the establishment press — to pivot hard from the fake “social safety net” bill to the fake “voting-rights bill,” which will quickly become the most vital piece of legislation in the history of the republic. Just earlier today, Senate Budget Committee chairman Bernie Sanders, who not long ago heralded the mere framework of Build Back Better as “by far the most significant piece of legislation ever passed in the world,” told reporters that it was now more important to get a “voting rights” bill through the Senate.

The “Jim Crow 2.0” smear — aimed at the Twittersphere, because there isn’t a single competitive race in 2022 in which “voting rights” attacks are going to make a difference — will only succeed in further corroding confidence in elections. The demagogic lie that “democracy” is under attack in states that employ basic standards of voter integrity is an emotional appeal that does not stand up to scrutiny. It is a debate that Republicans should embrace. Democrats can keep treating voter-ID requirements as if they were poll taxes, but most Americans support the standard that, incidentally, existed only a few years before the 2020 election anarchy.

That said, the ginned-up “voting rights” emergency is also meant to continue laying the groundwork for blowing up the legislative filibuster. Senator Mark Warner (D., Va.), who participated in over 300 filibusters during the Trump years and who signed a letter in 2017 imploring Mitch McConnell to preserve the “existing rules, practices, and traditions” of the filibuster — and only a couple of months ago was criticizing former Senate majority leader Harry Reid for attacking the procedure — came out in favor of eliminating the legislative filibuster today. Here, too, it is not only highly doubtful that moderates such as Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema — or even a number of other low-lying moderates — would help blow up a Senate norm to placate the hard Left. Manchin has been asked about “reforming” the filibuster about a bazillion times, and in each instance, to the consternation of progressives on Twitter, he’s replied with the same answer: no.

Indeed, even if shameless hypocrites such as Warner were successful in killing the filibuster, it’s unclear that Senate Democrats would be able to find the votes to pass an H.R. 1–type “voting rights” bill, which would not only override hundreds of existing laws, but compel states to count mail-in votes ten days after Election Day, to allow ballot harvesting, to allow felons to vote, to ban basic voter-ID laws, and to create councils to redraw districts (all the while undercutting free-speech rights with a slew of new election regulations). In the end, the Senate Democrats would almost surely be impelled to pass a diluted version of voting rights, which would still likely face challenges in courts by numerous states. Are red-state Democrats willing to dispense with a longtime Senate norm for, if anything, fleeting partisan gain?

In addition to advocating trashing the filibuster and overriding state elections, Court-packing is also back on the docket. In anticipation of Build Back Better being abandoned this year, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has come out in favor of an illiberal Court-packing scheme. Of course, the chances of the Senate destroying the judiciary are still quite small. These are largely issues and debates that political types — myself included — might welcome, but they do not even register in polls that measure the priorities of American voters. These positions simply serve to highlight the radicalism and tone-deafness of many modern Democrats who are denied the comforts of railing about Donald Trump every day.

And the closer we get to the 2022 midterms, the bigger the lift will be to pass the reconciliation bill. The more Democrats have tried to sell it, in fact, the less popular it has gotten. In districts that matter in 2022, it is almost certainly quite unpopular. So instead, Democrats have decided to win the Twitter vote.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review.


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Enuf Said
4 months ago

Isn’t that a grand pic of NULL and VOID!!

5 months ago

It is NOT an exaggeration that the underlying subtle goal of the Democrap Party is to convert the governance system on this Nation from a Constitutional Democracy to a hybrid form of Communism/Nazism. The rigged last election was a preview of all future election in this Nation if they get their way and are successful. The Nation will collapse from God Blessed America to Autocratic Comunistic Rule infected America. I have come to the belief that the Democrap Party (I’m a Republican/Independent by default) is NOT and will NOT ever be my choice of a political party worthy of support.

Texas Resister 64
5 months ago

The two or three Senate demos that still have functioning cerebra will not vote to eliminate the filibuster because they know in one or three years the shoe will be on the other foot and they will need ways to preserve all of the anti-republic BS (basic stupidity) that the Bidens have put in place. The filibuster works just as well for them as for the good guys.

5 months ago

I implore everyone to contact your Senator’s now and tell then NO on this marxist democrat voting ( take away ) rights bill which they are planning to permanently render YOUR vote useless!
These traitors cheat in EVERY election and think We the people are so stupid they can before your eyes take away our votes.
Another LIE to cheat Real Legal Americans while the millions of ILLEGALS vote in Our elections!!!!
We must STOP this destruction of America and the traitors in the swamp from taking away Our Freedom and Constitutional Rights!!
Speak LOUDLY , Expose this takeover!

5 months ago

In my view, as long as traitors and those who enable them in our government are not apprehended and sentenced to death for what they are doing in undermining and deliberately breaking our Constitutional laws in this country, we have nothing more to hope for.

Myrna Wade
5 months ago

Alaska has one senator who is eager to work on this voting law.
I find it hard to believe any senator approves of a revision to voting standards which ends requiring citizenship and voter identification.
I hope what she wants to work on is constructive.
Elections need to be run by the states.

5 months ago
Reply to  Myrna Wade

I’ll only believe it when I see conservative Republicans stand up and fight EVERYTHING the marxist democrats propose.
Why aren’t ALL Republicans exposing and speaking out about every democrat destructive bill and policy DAILY??
I DO think the democrats will push to eliminate safe,secure voting and allow themselves to continue their destructive,,greedy, anti constitutional power grab,allow illegals rights without citizenship and end freedom as we know it.
Look at the divisive,racist,anti law and anti constitutional policies they have championed??
The MAJORITY of Legal Citizens know We must STOP THEM!
NOTHING is sacred or safe with these TRAITORS!!!

5 months ago

Remember Stalin’s famous quote regarding elections? “It doesn’t matter who votes and how they vote, it only matters who counts the votes”. Democrats want to control vote counting right at the top without any oversight following Stalin’s system.

5 months ago

It’s not only the democrats because 11-13 Rino’s are right there with them. The American people need to continue to fight them at every level of government, starting with schools. We have to make it clear the policies of Biden’s administration is meant to enact 2 classes of people in this country. The Elite millionaires & billionaires and the rest of us. The goal for the Elites is to take everything away from the people, eventually thru taxes, bank accounts, savings, our homes, our cars anything that will be sold for money to pay taxes. Write emails, letters and make phone calls to the people who are trying to stop this. We all need to save our Country.

Joanne 4 justice.
5 months ago

The ” BBB Bill ” is Biden’s BE BE gun aka WEAPON TO DESTROY America and DEMOCRACY !!!!!!!!!!!

Bee .Bee gun to

Joanne 4 justice.
5 months ago

IF THE BBB BILL IS ENACTED , there will absolutely NOTHING to build back!!

Rodney Ernst
5 months ago

Yes, we better watch this . The Democrats know they are in trouble, so here we go for election reform. ALL FOR THEIR FAVOR of course. IT WAS RIGGED IN 2020,and they will try it again.

5 months ago

Dem biIIs ALWAYS are named the exact opposite of what they are really about. BEWARE if they come out with a bill called, “Save The Children”.

Philip Hammersley
5 months ago
Reply to  Boz

EXACTLY! Just like when they accuse Conservatives of something (voter suppression, Russian collusion, racism ) THEY are the ones to whom it applies!

Don Pierce
5 months ago

Well said!

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