Biden banking on a PR ‘reset' as Democrats showcase voting rights failure
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Senate Democrats launched an effort yesterday to get an up-or-down verdict on voting rights legislation, knowing full well they are going to lose.
It seems to me to be a public display of weakness: Yes, we really want to change the voting laws, and yes, we control both houses of Congress, but we don’t have the votes. And it shifts the public spotlight to boring procedural arguments about the filibuster and other arcane Senate rules.
The nominal reason is to get all Senate Republicans on record as opposing the two voting bills, so that the Democrats can exploit the issue in this year’s midterms. But that reflects a classic Beltway mentality.
Without minimizing the importance of voting rights, especially to minorities and especially as Republican governors are tightening restrictions, I don’t think many Americans regard this as the most burning issue facing the country. For all the democracy-in-danger rhetoric, I’d say inflation, supply shortages, Covid and scattered school shutdowns seem more of a clear and present danger.
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