With the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the nuking of the non-existent “constitutional right” to abortion the Supreme Court made up 50 years ago, Democrats have been presented with a political brick wall. The normal response would be to hit the brakes, but instead, they are stomping on the gas.
Delusion is a funny thing, and it’s most prominent in those who can’t fathom that they’ve overplayed their hand. One can simply peruse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media to be provided with example after example of that. Democrats had previously convinced themselves that they were going to enjoy a permanent majority, and even though that dream has long since perished, they just can’t quite let go.
Enter Joe Biden, who is currently stumbling around Europe. The president has now officially called for the abolition of the Senate filibuster.
We have to codify Roe vs. Wade into law.
If the filibuster gets in the way, we should provide an exception to the filibuster to deal with the Supreme Court decision.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 30, 2022
To be clear, there is no such thing as an “exception” to the filibuster. If one side can remove it to accomplish their pet policy goal, the other side can and will do the same thing. Harry Reid taught us that lesson when he removed the judicial filibuster, paving the way for the current conservative Supreme Court. Did Democrats learn their lesson, though? Of course not.
Here’s the other thing, though. Biden does not have the votes, and shortly after his proclamation, Kyrsten Sinema made that known (again).
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office says the Democratic senator is still opposed to gutting the filibuster on any topic including on reproductive rights.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) June 30, 2022
Putting aside the fact that this CNN hack is using the euphemism “reproductive rights,” as if women don’t have the right to refrain from reproducing if they so choose, Sinema’s answer is not surprising at all. She’s only given the same one, what? A few thousand times at this point? Our intrepid press just keeps asking, though, as if they can beat her down to change her long-held position. It’s a bit jarring to witness supposed journalists rush to flex their skills as Democrat propaganda agents, but I digress, there’s nothing new about that.
What’s so ironic about this entire situation is that Sinema is saving Democrats from themselves. She is smart enough to realize and accept that Republicans will soon be back in charge. Even if the GOP wets the bed in 2022 (a possibility given some of the bad candidates selected), the Senate map essentially guarantees a majority in 2024. Only an idiot would blow up the filibuster on the backend of Democrats holding power, handing the new precedent to their political enemies. Yet, that’s exactly what Biden, Ocasio-Cortez, and the rest are stumping for.
Meanwhile, left-wingers viciously attack Sinema when she’s actually doing them a favor. The inability to see the forest through the trees is astonishing, if not completely expected. Again, when a party enjoys total power, even for a short period of time as the Democrats have since the beginning of 2021, delusion inevitably follows. Republicans suffered from it prior to the 2018 election, believing the warning signs didn’t apply to them and that some single event (the Kavanaugh hearings) could save them. That’s just not how it works, though. So let the Democrats flail, I suppose. It’s going to make the coming red wave all the more enjoyable.