President Joe Biden took two large losses Thursday that possible would be the remaining nails within the coffin of the large and hopeful agenda that Democrats have been relying on as we velocity into the 2022 election season from hell.
First, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat, introduced that though she helps the voting rights invoice, she’s not willing to do what it would take to make it happen. The filibuster. I’m speaking about killing the filibuster.
This got here solely two days after the president made such an impassioned speech in help of knocking off the filibuster that Republicans essentially called it offensive. And even one Democratic senator said Biden, who pledged a year ago to unite Americans, went too far within the speech.
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Former President Barack Obama even got here out of political retirement to write his first opinion piece since leaving workplace concerning the significance of defending voting rights. He stated, in this USA TODAY Opinion piece, that it’s time for Democrats to do one thing, something, to shield democracy.
Sinema didn’t get the memo.
Then, President Joe barely had time to shake off Sinema’s physique slam Thursday afternoon when the U.S. Supreme Court knocked him down once more.
The court ruled that the Biden administration doesn’t have the authority to power employers to require that staff both have to be vaccinated or bear common testing for COVID. The employer mandate was a key a part of Biden’s try to get management of a pandemic that has confirmed to be uncontrollable.
Basically, if voter suppression and serving to unfold the newest COVID variant are in your to-do listing, now’s your time to shine. Too bad for Democrats and Biden’s agenda, his shine is sporting off.
And these newest setbacks land at precisely the unsuitable time for an administration reeling from complicated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointers, provide chain shortages that will not finish, the highest inflation rate because the early days of the Reagan presidency, and an approval rating that makes former President Donald Trump seem like the most well-liked child at school.
So what’s subsequent? What different losses can this administration take? I feel we’ll see that reply quickly sufficient when voters end up for the 2022 midterm.
To put into context how bad issues are for Biden, my sister texted me Wednesday: “He’s a failure.”
And that was earlier than Sinema and the Supremes had their say.
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