This week’s theater will create a fresh picture of the futility of Democratic power in Washington. However, the obstacle to passing voting reform and a return to a better built environment and spending bill has long been evident. But nonetheless, the White House and Democratic leaders chose to push forward without a clear path to success. Manchin and Sinema’s last-minute absence, which is highly unlikely, current rumors raise questions about the White House’s political strategy and decision to prepare the public for historic reforms with no guarantee that they can be issued. At this point, there is a strong feeling that the Senate votes are being held for most political reasons rather than any expectation they will introduce new legislation.
When they hit the Senate wall, it’s not clear what Democrats will do next. Asked on Monday about the administration’s plan, Harris said the strategy is “to keep working on it.”
“I’m calling and meeting people. We’re not giving up. You’ve heard me say that before and I mean it. This is so important,” the vice president told reporters.
It is true that the story of the civil rights struggle that has been going on for decades, met with congressional obstruction worse than it was likely to be this week, and has finally been rewarded for the main campaign. conscientious treatment. But if Democrats can’t pass voting rights bills soon, they could lose their chance to do so for many years with Republicans confident in taking control of the House and eyeing continued action. Senate in the November elections.
Sinema and Manchin stood firm
If the voting rights legislation fails this week, as expected, it is unclear how Democrats will proceed. While a single Republican, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, has expressed support for one of the existing bills, the John Lewis Voting Rights Progressive Act, all convention The GOP Senate both opposed the Freedom of Voting Act. Taken together, the measures would give all Americans the right to vote by mail, make Election Day a national holiday, standardize voting rules, and restore protections against racial segregation in state voting laws was removed by the Supreme Court. Republicans see the bills as a federal takeover of the voting system and reject criticism of the state’s voting laws, which stemmed from Trump’s lies that the 2016 election 2020 has been stolen.
The growing threat to democracy
Martin Luther King III, son of the assassinated civil rights pioneer, touched on that sense of urgency on Monday, warning that students in 50 years will read about what’s happening in the Senate this week. .
“Whatever happens tomorrow, we have to keep the pressure and not cliché. Don’t tell us what you believe in, show us with your vote,” he said. speak. “History will keep track of what happens tomorrow.”
Democratic advocates are particularly concerned about measures in some states that seek to politicize the nonpartisan process of collecting and tabulating election results, after a number of notable Republican officials in 2020 against Trump’s attempt to steal an election that many courts and even his own Justice Bureau said he lost.
This score threat posed by an increasingly autocratic Trump is only becoming more extreme. The former President delivered more dangerous lies and delusions about voter fraud that didn’t exist at a rally in Arizona on Saturday night. He also pressured state lawmakers to recognize Biden’s victory in the election. In a recent video message, the two-time impeached, defeated former President also announced that he had won Pennsylvania, the state he practically lost to Biden by more than 80,000 votes.
“We have to be a lot sharper next time we count the votes,” said Trump, who has tried to push supporters onto the election board and into positions responsible for running the vote across the country. country. He added: “Sometimes the polling station is more important than the candidate.
So far, Trump’s efforts to topple the 2020 election have all failed. But his fury after refusing to concede defeat to Biden led to significant changes to the US electoral system that are said to make it less democratic. The current president and his party may be about to squander their best, and perhaps their last chance to respond.