Addressing reporters in the Oval Office alongside newly confirmed Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday, Biden emphasized the urgency of taking sweeping action. “There is no time to delay,” he said. “We have learned from past crises that the risk is not doing too much. The risk is not doing enough.”
Later, asked whether he backed Democratic congressional leaders’ plans to use a fast-track budget process that wouldn’t require Republican votes, Biden said, “I support passing COVID relief with support from Republicans if we can get it. But the COVID relief has to pass. There’s no ifs, ands or buts.”
Democrats, running the Senate with a 50-50 majority made possible only by the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, are worried that no amount of negotiation will produce a bill acceptable to Democrats that will garner the 10 Republican votes needed to pass. Under ordinary procedures, 60 votes are required to bypass a filibuster.
“Democrats are worried” — few subject-auxiliary-verb structures recur as often in Beltway reporting. This story and others I’ve read suggest, though, that Mr. Bipartisan has no fucks to give. He was, after all, among Barack Obama’s chief negotiators with a GOP that would rather burn their homes down than admit a Democrat visited them:
Haunted by what Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, referred to as the “mistake” of 2009, when the Democratic Party was in control of both chambers and the White House but was “too timid and constrained in its response to the global financial crisis,” top Democrats are pushing to avoid settling for a small package.
“If our Republican colleagues decide to oppose this urgent and necessary legislation, we will have to move forward without them,” Mr. Schumer said, adding that he planned to press ahead with a budget resolution as early as next week.
Don’t tell the NYT editorial board, though.
But in the week’s most chilling news we learn Alex Jones and — get this — Publix supermarket heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli paid for what the Wall Street Journal calls “the lion’s share” of the Jan. 6 rally that turned into insurrection. Learning that Fanceilli is an evil moron who believed in Stop the Steal is bad enough; Publix’s sweet deal in Palm Beach County to be sole dispenser of the COVID vaccines makes me wish Jupiter would strike us dead already. The supermarket has rescinded the deal and returned the vaccines to county health officials, but