Republicans are clear they gained’t passively ratify Biden’s responses to the pandemic or deep-seated issues that got here earlier than it: institutional racism, widening wealth gaps, the local weather disaster. The Democratic Occasion isn’t marching in lockstep, both, as progressives, liberals and moderates dicker over particulars.
“I wouldn’t anticipate massive, sweeping change,” mentioned Michael Metal, as soon as a high aide to former Home Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Democrats will management a 50-50 Senate with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote as presiding officer. However the chamber’s 60-vote filibuster threshold for main laws stays. Biden’s longtime good friend, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is the Home speaker, however presides over a diminished Democratic majority and slim margin for error.
Harris framed the stakes Sunday, telling “CBS Sunday Morning” that the Capitol rebellion on Jan. 6 “was an publicity of the vulnerability of our democracy.”
John Anzalone, Biden’s marketing campaign pollster, famous in a latest interview that Biden gained with a message spanning ideology. Some voters “might not consider in his politics. However they consider in him,” Anzalone mentioned. “They consider in his compassion they usually consider in, fairly frankly, his management expertise.”
Anzalone loosely in contrast Biden’s enchantment to Ronald Reagan’s. Reagan was a hero of motion conservatives but drew help from a large swath of “Reagan Democrats” to win the presidency in 1980 amid financial and worldwide instability. By extension, Reagan might depend on help or not less than good religion from many Democrats on Capitol Hill, most notably then-Speaker Tip O’Neill, D-Mass.