Whatever is left of the Joe Biden competence fantasy simply crumbled away Monday, when the president gave a determined speech to attempt to make Republicans assist him.
This is the grasp of Senate negotiation? The man who mentioned solely he may attain throughout the aisle? Watching President Biden and his crew strive their hand at politics over the previous two weeks, it’s onerous to not be reminded of Mets supervisor Casey Stengel: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”
Congress should increase the debt restrict by Oct. 18. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rightly notes that Democrats can increase the restrict by themselves, utilizing reconciliation.
Biden, who doesn’t thoughts utilizing reconciliation for all other forms of large spending payments, doesn’t wish to do that. Why? Because then Republicans can go into the midterms saying “the Democrats raised the debt limit by a gajillion dollars — they are not the party of fiscal responsibility.”
Biden argues that we’re reaching the debt restrict due to cash already spent — in payments voted on by each Democrats and Republicans. Fair sufficient, however the Republicans are taking this stand to level out that the Democrats wish to spend trillions extra this yr.
And moreover that, it’s politics. This is what politicians do, which is precisely why Biden himself voted in opposition to debt ceiling will increase 3 times when he was within the Senate.
Smart politicians use carrots and sticks to get what they need. Then there’s Joe Biden, whose incentive to Republicans is … nothing. The risk is … nothing. Certainly, Biden’s signature talking model of coughing and creepy whispers received’t sway anybody.
He’s asking the opposition social gathering to not make him look unhealthy whereas he will get all the things he needs. Why would anybody try this? Republicans have the higher hand right here, which is why even swing senators like Mitt Romney and Susan Collins aren’t budging. As McConnell mentioned, “They want to make policy all by themselves. So they can come up with the financing on their own as well.”
President Biden caved to the progressives on the infrastructure invoice and can quickly cave to the Republicans on the debt ceiling. So a lot for the sensible negotiator.