David Rothkopf / Daily Beast:
Joe Biden did more good in one week than Donald Trump did in four years
After a little over a week, we can safely say that Joe Biden is the greatest president in American history.
I'm only saying this because the last unnamed president told us repeatedly that he was the greatest president in American history. And Joe Biden is clearly better than him. Given the 30 executive orders Biden issued, his vaccination schedule, his restoration of foreign policy normalcy, the efficiency and effectiveness of his administration to date, the diversity of his team, and the transparency he has returned to the White House, an objective observer would have to say how Some of the programs he is committed to are important – from raising the minimum wage to USD 15 an hour, protecting our natural resources from commercial exploitation, and systematically combating racial inequality in our system that the Biden Harris government did more good for the country in one week than the previous one in four years.
That is correct, but there is still something to be said. Trump and his group made systematic efforts to incite violence and delegitimize Biden's presidency. Hence, in the early days, it is crucial for Biden to show that he is indeed the president and is in control of the government. https://t.co/zknd5vLwgq
– Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 28, 2021
Eric Levitz / New York:
The Democratic civil war over the filibuster has barely started
Joe Manchin said Monday that under no circumstances will he "Vote to get rid of the filibuster." Kyrsten Sinema repeated her colleague from West Virginia. Mitch McConnell took the Democratic senators at their word.
That's not the case Necessary mean you should
For Democrats who would prefer it for their party Not wasting their first chance to rule in a decade (and / or The last chance to avert America's descent to semi-permanent minority rule now lies in the incoherence of Manchin's position: If the West Virginia senator is as unconditionally against changing the filibuster as his recent remarks suggest, then it is not clear why he primarily supported Schumer in holding the line against McConnell's demand, let alone why he would suggest that this give the majority leader some "leverage".
This may seem like a pretty thin reed on which to hang high hopes. And it is. However, if the outlook for filibuster scrapping looks bleak, Blue America's Civil War is far from over on the matter. For the Democratic Party as an institution, it is almost essential to carry out major reforms in the next two years. And his leadership seems to understand this, even if his marginal senators don't (and / or don't care about their party's fate).
In the White House's new thinking on relief from Covid
WHITE HOUSE LOOKS AT COVID PACKAGE IN TWO – NEC director BRIAN DEESE and Covid Zar JEFF ZIENTS to be convened today for the weekly lunchtime Democratic Senate meeting.
The two Biden helpers will face an increasingly impatient caucus.
Deese has held two meetings with non-partisan groups in both chambers in the past few days, one on the weekend with senators and one on Wednesday with members of the House of Representatives. Progressives are wary of that president JOE BIDEN is too eager to close a deal. Moderate ones wonder why Deese didn't go back with the information they requested.
Impatient is right. They get that they have to produce.
So well said by @RepMeijer. Efforts to minimize, streamline, and “move on” the Capitol attack are shockingly brazen. Trump brought the nation through a bogus "election theft" trauma that culminated in a violent atrocity. Accountability is necessary. https://t.co/Q7kqELmkSs
– David French (@DavidAFrench) January 28, 2021
Julia Marcus / Atlantic:
Vaccinated people will hug each other
The vaccines are phenomenal. Working out their imperfections – and telling the people who receive them to never be on guard – carries its own risks.
The message that vaccines are not 100 percent effective in preventing disease and that data on how much they reduce transmission is not yet known is relevant and important. Risk reduction strategies are required in public spaces. especially indoorsuntil more people are vaccinated and the infections subside. But not all human interactions take place in public. When people are told that they are not allowed to do anything else after vaccination – even in the privacy of their home – the wrong impression is created that vaccines are of no use at all. Vaccines offer real risk reduction, not a false sense of security. And trying to eliminate even the least risky behavioral changes underestimates people's need to be close together and discourages the very thing that will get everyone out of this mess: vaccine intake.
It would be great if there were two big pro-democracy parties in the United States. But since this is obviously not the case, we have to be satisfied with one big party for democracy and the minority for democracy within the big party against democracy.
– Nicholas Grossman (@ NGrossman81) January 27, 2021
New York Times:
The man with the plan to beat the pandemic
I have never addressed a moment that deserves so much despair and hope at the same time. It's dizzying. The Biden administration is taking office with over 25 million Covid-19 cases across the country, over 420,000 Americans dead, and new, highly contagious variants of the virus haunting our future. It's as bleak a situation as I've seen.
But for the first time we can do more than just hide. We can immunize. Herd immunity to a population of 330 million is a hell of a lot of trouble under the best of circumstances, and it is not the best of circumstances. Still, speed is important: getting herd immunity a few months faster could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
Dr. Vivek Murthy was a surgeon general under Barack Obama and is Joe Biden's candidate for the same position. He is also co-chair of Biden's coronavirus task force.
I see a lot of convos today about Marjorie Taylor Greene's controversial comments in the past thanks to @CNN & @mmfa
McCarthy told @axios he was disturbed / planned to speak to her
This narrative misses the crucial context: NONE of this is new to political observers / GOP leaders. One thread >>
– Ally Mutnick (@allymutnick) January 27, 2021
"I was lucky enough to find this vaccine everywhere"
Stanley Plotkin, legendary vaccinologist, on the historical development and the chaotic spread of Covid-19 vaccines
I've been so focused on helping develop these vaccines that until this month I barely thought about the mechanisms of how to get them myself. How can our process be so complicated? I've been calling for a few weeks now. I couldn't figure out where, when, or how to get a vaccine. I did not get any further.
Support for various punishments for Trump over the unrest in the Capitol.
Excluded from public office 57-35
Banned from Social Media 56-38
Charge / conviction 53-39
More people support the punishment (which prevents him from running for future office) than the process itself. Pic.twitter.com/TCFgK06IEi
– Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) January 28, 2021