Slim Cognito wrote: ↑Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:15 am
Not that I think it will be in the final bill. Nancy has no fucks left to give, as least regarding trump's childish antics.
Well, I think the Republicans (and certainly the Trump Administration) are making the following calculation regarding some of the awfulness in McConnell's proposal (looking at you, massive corporate liability shield and slashed unemployment):
Everything that happens now is potentially important electorally in November. If Pelosi and Hill Democrats are willing to shoot down the Republican proposal, which includes more $1,200 checks for everyone, Republicans will be running ads in swing states about how Democrats took that money out of your pocket to advance their left-wing agenda of socializing everything, giving more money to lazy people who don't work as hard as you do, and stopping the FBI from having nice things. Fair? Hardly. Good political strategy? Perhaps.
Don't get me wrong: I think the Republicans are making a strategic mistake. Maybe it's too late to correct it, but their response to COVID should have been to throw money at the problem and take charge of it. If you're the governing party, your job is to, you know, govern. But the GOP as currently constituted is much more interested in owning the libs and ensuring that Democrats cannot govern than actually governing the country.
(As an interesting side note: Assuming Biden wins, I'm very curious to see if, say, The Squad, are actually up to the job of governing responsibly - with all the compromises and incremental steps that entails - rather than just opposing Trump and promising the left wing of the Democratic Party absolutely everything they want all the time. I rather doubt it, because the electoral math for them favors trolling Republicans and staking out extreme positions just as much as it does for GOP congresscritters in deep red districts. But I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise.