Democratic lawmakers seem to be getting more restless as the critical 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching, and their attempts to push through legislation to federalize all elections are flagging.
Since the anomaly of the 2020 election, which gave Democrats control of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, there has been a campaign to draft legislation of dubious constitutionality to make several of the Covid-19 electoral amendments permanent.
While the “For the People Act” got off to a roaring start, the likely defection of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has left the Democrats scrambling for a Plan “B.” They cannot spare even one vote in the Senate, and both moderate senators from traditionally red states have expressed unwillingness to go along.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the House Majority Whip, is now calling out Senate Democrats, warning that unless the legislative filibuster is eliminated, the House will go back over to Republicans in 2022.
Politico reported on Clyburn’s plea to President Biden to “pick up the phone and tell Sen. Joe Manchin, ‘Hey, we should do a carve-out.’ I don’t care whether he does it in a microphone or on the telephone, just do it.”
Clyburn’s sense of urgency is an admission unless Democratic lawmakers federalize all elections, legalizing non-secure mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and outlawing voter ID requirements. Their party will lose control almost as quickly as it gained it through the 2020 election irregularities.
He appears to be as unconcerned about the bill’s highly questionable constitutionality and unpopularity among most Americans as he is alarmed over the failure of the Senate to scrap the filibuster. Clyburn also seems to have forgotten how poorly the elimination of the filibuster for judicial appointments worked out for Democrats under President Trump.
Clyburn’s frustration is shining a bright light on the cognitive dissonance that results when Democrats have to simultaneously defend last year’s weirdness as “the safest and secure election in history” and frantically plead for massive reforms because of a “broken” election system.
It may be inaccurate to say that Rep. Clyburn is in a state of panic. It’s just as plausible that Democrats see the writing on the wall and are preparing to explain away a midterm loss. The DNC can undoubtedly expect a compliant media to help in that cause, just as they know that intemperate claims by Clyburn or others in Congress will not be challenged.