The Fresh Toast reckons with a crazy GOP and conservative Democrats in both houses he may not have a chance of getting Federal legislation out of the door even with numbers now suggesting that 2/3rds of Americans are saying just get on with it and get it done.
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Over the past couple of weeks, however, Schumer has learned that not only is the Republican party 100% against him, but so are a few Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to cripple the Biden agenda, while several Democratic Senators have come forward to express their unwillingness to support everything from voter’s rights to cannabis-related reforms. Some have even opposed changing the filibuster rules, which Schumer believes is now being used as a weapon of obstruction. Still, without every Democratic member working together on these issues, the whole of Schumer’s progressive plans is as good as sunk.
Now, Schumer’s only hope is to convince those of his colleagues that remain unfavorable against ending the filibuster that Republicans are going to use this maneuver to stop every piece of Democratic legislation — putting the session in a constant state of gridlock.
Schumer needs Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to get behind the elimination of the filibuster. Who knows if getting them to switch sides is even possible? The real problem is there are undoubtedly more Democratic Senators who also oppose killing the filibuster, they just haven’t made their intentions known. There could be a slew of Democrats waiting to go against Schumer on this issue.
Schumer is in a tight spot. He’s proved that he isn’t made of the same cutthroat chainsaw grease as his predecessor, Senator Mitch McConnell, and he’s more about flexing peace and harmony than being a wrecking ball of total domination. Yet, if Schumer goes dark and takes steps toward ending the filibuster, a seemingly necessary bully move if he wants to pass controversial legislation such as federally legal marijuana, any policies the Dems push could be temporary.