Democrats and their extreme agenda to remake America to their liking just took a major hit after two of their senators said that they would not be going along with any effort to eliminate the filibuster.
On Monday, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia dashed the dreams of the fully radicalized party to strip the minority Republicans of any procedure that could be used to block their drive to cement themselves into a permanent ruling majority.
The defection of Sinema and Manchin at least temporarily stalls such lunacy as granting statehood to Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico giving Dems four new senators, the elimination of the Electoral College, and packing the Supreme Court.
Republican Senate Minority Mitch McConnell hailed the news.
I’m glad that two Senate Democrats confirmed today they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden and me on protecting the Senate.
With this win, we can move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement built on the 2001 precedent. pic.twitter.com/fHUCFxxXh8
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 26, 2021
Now that the two Democrats have come out in favor of preserving the integrity of the Senate, McConnell was able to drop his insistence of making retaining the filibuster as a condition for a power-sharing agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Via The Associated Press, “McConnell backs off Senate filibuster fight with Schumer”:
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster, easing a standoff with new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as the two negotiated a power-sharing agreement in the closely divided chamber.
McConnell said late Monday he had essentially accomplished his goal after two Democratic senators said they would not agree to changing the rules to end the filibuster, which would require a 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation. Without the support of all Democratic senators, a rules change would fail.
“With these assurances, I look forward to moving ahead with a power-sharing agreement modeled on that precedent,” McConnell said in a statement. He did not name the Democrats, but West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema had expressed reservations to doing away with the tool.
Longtime former senator Joe Biden has opposed the elimination of the filibuster and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that the nation’s 46th president has not changed his mind.
No matter how hard that Schumer tries to spin it, the inability to nuke the filibuster is a huge defeat for Dems who only have a short window to advance their complete agenda before public mood on Biden’s policies sours and leads to blowback in the 2022 midterms.