In response to a reporter's question, Biden defined unity as "an attempt to reflect what the majority of the American people – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – believe are at the heart of what needs to be done for their lives and the lives of Americans to improve." . "
And by that definition, it would be nice to win GOP for something like a coronavirus relief package, but those votes are certainly not worth crippling legislation when a better bill can only be passed with democratic votes.
"If you pass a law that breaks down along party lines but is passed, that doesn't mean that there was no unity, just that it wasn't bipartisan," Biden offered, making a clear distinction between unity and bipartisanism. He added that he "would prefer" to pass bipartisan bills because he wants to find a consensus that "takes the vitriol out of it all". But bottom line: the goal is to unite Americans on its agenda, and that doesn't necessarily equate with Republican votes.
Biden's remarks illustrate the vision of unity that he outlined in his inaugural address last week. Biden conjured up some of the nation's darkest eras such as the Civil War and the Great Depression, saying, "In each of those moments enough of us came together to move us all forward. "
Biden – perhaps more than almost anyone in Washington – seems very clear about the proximity of national contact to fascism and the danger that still reigns over the country. And if that's the framework in which he works, then getting a few GOP votes here and there isn't enough to save the republic. But if Biden is able to convince them The vast majority of Americans believe that his leadership style is far superior to Donald Trump because he has immeasurably improved their lives. This is a recipe for preserving this fragile experiment in democracy.
But Republicans vote, if Biden doesn't deliver the goods he promised, then all bets will be void. And his biggest problem may not be the Senate Republicans, but Democratic senators like Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who vowed to eliminate the filibuster. But at least for the moment the question of the Senate's organizational rules seems to have been resolved. On Monday night, Mitch McConnell, leader of the GOP minority, said he was ready to move forward with the power-sharing deal with the Senate Democrats, citing the fact that both Sinema and Manchin have "publicly confirmed" that they are not the filibuster will quit. That is a win for the Senate Democrats and the Biden agenda. Continue.
McConnell got nothing here. Manchin and Sinema said the same thing they said before. Bringing them to reform was and always has been a process that is likely to require repeated obstruction of the GOP. McConnell picked that fight, lost, and is now doing a little CYA. https://t.co/pq0qYmFK4C
– Adam Jentleson @ (@AJentleson) January 26, 2021
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Biden says he would prefer his stimulus plan to be "non-partisan," but it doesn't require:
"If you pass a law that breaks down by party lines … it doesn't mean that there was no unity, it just means that it wasn't bipartisan." pic.twitter.com/1j14ktX9lM
– The recount (@therecount) January 25, 2021