Politico reports on the latest turmoil over what was a done deal just a day ago, another round of economic relief to keep the sputtering economy going through what everyone hopes is the last winter of the COVID-19 pandemic:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the $900 billion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress, calling it a “disgrace” and asking for amendments to the bill to increase stimulus payments to Americans…
In a video tweeted by the president Tuesday evening, Trump delivered a four-minute speech listing his many grievances with the bill — which would send much-needed aid to Americans struggling amid the pandemic. Trump specifically criticized the relief package for including “wasteful spending” on issues unrelated to Covid-19, only providing $600 to individuals and families, and not giving enough emergency aid to small businesses.
The response from Democrats to this eleventh-hour scrambling of the debate over economic relief Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised would flow after the election has been enthusiastic, setting up a challenge between the White House and U.S. House against the GOP-controlled Senate just days before a pivotal runoff election in Georgia decides control of the body:
Mr. President, sign the bill to keep government open! Urge McConnell and McCarthy to agree with the Democratic unanimous consent request for $2,000 direct payments! This can be done by noon on Christmas Eve!
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
The situation as of this writing is much too fluid to speculate about, and obviously we don’t recommend spending that $2,000 check just yet–or even the $600 check most Americans thought they were getting under the agreement reached earlier in the week. But in terms of the Georgia runoff, Trump has put Republican incumbent Senators in the two races that will decide control of the Senate early next month in an extremely difficult position. Democrats have been campaigning hard on the aloofness of both wealthy incumbents to the suffering of regular people, and their opposition in particular to larger direct aid payments that Trump is now calling for.
Beyond Georgia, Trump just undercut Republicans across the country, including all three of Colorado’s House Republicans, who voted against even the paltry $900 billion measure because they thought it was “too big.” It’s not for us to tell Reps. Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, and exiting Rep. Scott Tipton how to explain to their MAGA hat wearing constituents why they shouldn’t get the help even President Trump wants them to have.
The other important lesson here is that once again, the nature of Democratic objections over prior versions of COVID relief bills has been clarified. Yes, Democrats have dug in at various points in the negotiations over the past year, but always with the objective of getting more aid for Americans, not less aid. Once you understand that, this silly political game of hot potato is irrelevant. Now-defeated Sen. Cory Gardner exploited impasses in negotiations to ceaselessly lay blame on Democrats for “holding up relief,” when the real issue was then–and remains–Republican unwillingness to provide the full scope of what’s needed.
Well folks, Donald Trump just blew that to smithereens! And now Democrats are calling his bluff. Stay tuned for the resolution, but as with all things Trumpian don’t count your chickens before they’re direct deposited.
"Stay the course, Senator. Some day they will thank you!"
Just watched the last season of OITNB and there’s an episode where the corrupt CO shoved some drugs up a chickens butt to hide them on the prison chicken farm. Suzanne frees the chickens in a moment of empathy and the chicken poops the drugs out in front of the warden; the warden gets fired by the zealous CEO. The corrupt CO then gets elevated to warden. I feel like there’s an equivalency here (except we can’t fire the post turtle).
If Paxton had won maybe we could!
The game is not hot potato. The game is messaging. McConnell, being first with the one-word message: “blocking”, won the game or at least that inning.
Ds are now explaining and if you are explaining, you are losing.
gonorrheadiahrrea might help a bit but the ball is in McConnell’s court. Does he just run out the clock again?
BTW, Dump called for the $2000 payment a couple of weeks ago. Did everyone forget that?
You needed "grand slam" for the hat trick . . .
. . . or maybe it's vice versa, I dunno?
You can add to the list:
democracyoligarchy on Earth"
So McConnell wins again.
No bill, not his fault and the the Trump base is all fired up.
“Relief — we don’t need no steenkin’ relief!”
Whatever happened to that August, 22, 2020: “RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda;” ???
I’m sure Pelosi also pondered adding . . .
Congressional Republicans are getting a taste of what the post-Trump presidency has in store. The failed businessman, failed president, and failed candidate (lost the popular vote twice, one of the few presidents to lose reelection) is going to tweeting disapproval at them for years to come. He does not care about the Republican party and will no doubt enjoy tormenting its elected leaders until he physically can't.
Lest we forget, Dump is THE ONLY one term impeached President who also lost the popular vote.
He checks off many boxes when it comes to first or unique "achievements."
And hopefully, never to be topped.
He could have won the presidency if he had pushed for any direct payments before the election; the more, the merrier.
He would have won if 22,000 votes in three states (WI, GA and AZ) out of 11.5 million cast had switched from Biden to Trump. He and his advisors are f*cking idiots.
Trump to America: Screw Your Jobs and Families. I Want My Supreme Court Justice Now
Biden's winning margin was 20,467 in WI, 12,636 in GA and 10,457 in AZ.
That's 43,560 votes; not 22,000.
Your claim relies on Biden voters becoming Dump voters (1/2 of 43650 is about 22000). Mathematically true but electorally unsupportable because it came down to turnout. Biden's turnout was better and irreversible.
Yes, my claim was exactly as stated: If as few as about 22,000 voters in three states had switched their votes from Biden to Trump, then Trump would have won — out of 11,500,000 total votes cast in those three states.
Then, my point is that getting those 22,000 voters to switch would not have been that difficult if Trump had supported and obtained another direct payment to Americans before the election. You don’t think that point 2% of voters (0.0019) could have been “bought” by a sweet direct payment?
It tells me how freakin close America was to losing everything.
We'll just have to agree to disagree.
I don't believe that you can apply your 2% rule to Biden voters in 2020 in these 3 states. Their support for Biden was not so tenuous that it could be bought for a pittance by a 2-bit grifter who had congenitally lied to them before and has never stopped. Dump's approval rate varied very, very little across a four-year tenure. There is not much of anything he could have done to improve his re-electability, a $2K bribe would not have done it; not even a 100% personality transplant would have done it.
Elections are not a random coin flip with a 50/50 coin.
Had Trump been able to get $2,000 per person in government bribes passed and in process before there were large numbers of voters, I suspect he would have been able to get some people to be more enthusiastic for him.
I'm with you in thinking it wouldn't have been individuals who flipped from one to another candidate — but infrequent voters might well have shifted from candidate to non-participation, or non-participation to support of a candidate.
Personally, I'm all in favor of Republicans being incoherent and unable to coalesce for a tactical move like that.
It's official … Trump wants to have the House and Senate back in Washington DC. His veto of the NDAA triggered plans already hinted at: "The House has scheduled a vote for next Monday, and if that succeeds, the Senate will come back into session on Tuesday to deal with the issue."
Anyone see reactions from Tipton or Gardner?