Welcome to your daily update leading up to the US presidential election on November 3rd. With fifteen days to go, we look at disagreements over a contentious senatorial hug and worry about “obvious ambiguities” among Democrats.
Will there be a fight if the Democrats win?
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In recent months, by far the most attention has been drawn to the Trump campaign. Time for a visit to camp Biden.
What should be noted in advance is that campaign teams usually no better picture of the race then have public polls. Stories of how they experience the campaign’s emotional pressure cooker can also serve a political purpose, such as preventing donors and potential voters from dozing off. They are not suitable for far-reaching conclusions about the final result.
Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein from California. (Photo: ANP)
The Democrats have united behind Joe Biden, but the question is how long that unanimity will last after the election. Even if the party has one blue wave and President Biden gets the House and Senate behind him, future clashes between the moderate and progressive wings lurk.
A harbinger of those tensions emerged last week, at the conclusion of the Supreme Court hearings surrounding Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, wrote The Hill today.
Senator Diane Feinstein, the senior Democratic member of the Senate Justice Committee, praised her Republican colleague, Committee Chair Lindsey Graham, for “one of the best series of hearings I have attended.” She thanked him for his honesty and expressed hope for future cooperation between their parties. Afterwards, Lindsey and Feinstein gave each other a hug.
For some Democrats, especially progressives, the way Republicans push Barrett’s nomination through the Senate even before the election, despite their own stance in 2016, just illustrates that Democrats shouldn’t waste time working with Republicans if they were they take control of both houses of Congress. They also recall that negotiations with the opposition during Barack Obama’s first term did not yield much.
Meanwhile, moderate Democrats warn that even after a monstrous victory, the party must beware of drastic reforms. New senators from more conservative states, who have narrowly beat their Republican opponents, are unlikely to be pushed for plans such as abolishing the filibuster (Senator keeps talking to delay / block a vote) or a rapid expansion of Obamacare.
Daydreaming about what you’re going to do after your massive win is an enjoyable pastime, but of course it doesn’t ensure that victory is guaranteed. The Democrats have cause for optimism when they consider all the usual ways of determining who is doing better. At the same time, Camp Biden worries about what you, on his way Rumsfeldiaans, should describe as known unknowns – clear ambiguities; questions that are known, but cannot yet be answered.