Democrats are becoming increasingly desperate to score a victory for its radical base, which was made evident again this week as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a bombshell announcement on Tuesday about several upcoming votes.
According to Fox News, Schumer held nothing back as he vowed to move forward with a vote on essentially scrapping the Senate filibuster rule in an effort to ensure that a pair of voting rights bills are able to be passed without Republicans blocking them.
Just last week, two moderate Democratic senators, Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) made clear once again that they do not support nixing the filibuster rule, but now, it appears as if Schumer wants to make an example of the holdouts.
“We are going to vote. We are all going to go on the record,” Schumer said on Tuesday.
In the wake of the Dem Party being humiliated by Manchin, who essentially single-handedly sunk President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation, Democratic leadership — and the White House — turned to a set of bills dealing with voting rights, known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.
Opponents of the bills say that passing them will gut local and state election control and hand it over to the federal government, which critics presume will give Democrats an edge in virtually every election moving forward.
Democrats, on the other hand, have linked the opposition to the bills as a form of racism — a narrative that President Biden put on full display last week as he compared Republican senators to various historical figures who were against the civil rights movement.
The two bills have zero Republican support, and lack the support of at least two Democrats — Manchin and Sinema — thus rendering them dead. But Schumer is apparently more concerned with attacking those two members — and any other holdouts that haven’t come out publicly against the bills — than finding a different route to score a much-needed victory for his party.
A guilt trip?
Schumer, in his Tuesday comments on the situation, seemed to be attempting to play the guilt card in order to convince his Democratic colleagues to get on board.
“As we debate these measures, the Senate will confront the critical question: Shall the members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills and bring them closer to the president’s desk?”
He added: “Today we have just taken the first steps that will put everyone, everyone on the record.”
Schumer would go on to include an attack on former President Donald Trump in his remarks, which is par for the course at this point. Only time will tell if Schumer finds success in politically hanging his own party members, but it doesn’t seem like a sound tactic.