One's political strategy depends on what one exactly wants. How important it is that you get what you want. It also depends on how far one is willing to go. To the brink, then pull back and pass what is available or go past the brink which could doom the entire package or legislation in the quest to get what you want.

I go by the old political adage of "Politics is the art of the possible." I stated that many times. A strategy to gain more than what is possible will lead to failure or instead of getting 50%, 80% of what you want that is possible, you end up with nothing.

Either way, it's still a political strategy. One is a winning strategy, getting what is possible or available to come back at a latter date to try to the rest, the other is a gamble of all in, win big, gain everything or lose big and end up with nothing.

I'm sure on this infrastructure bill, Schumer has let Speaker Pelosi know that any changes would certainly lose the 19 Republicans who voted for it in the senate along with possibly Manchin and Sinema.. It seems the House Republicans are dead set against this bill, at least from what I've read so far. The Democrats have 222 members, 218 needed to pass it.

I don't know how this will turn out. If moderates or progressive democrats try to change the original bill from the senate or vote against it, I do know failure to pass this would be handing the GOP a good campaign issue for next year's midterms. I would add, if the Democrats are to retain the House next year, they need Biden to remain a popular president. Both President Biden and House democrats need this to pass in order for Biden to remain popular, over 50% approval in my estimation.

Biden today is right at 50.0%. The lowest he has been since inauguration day.

Worst yet, independents give Biden a 47% approval. Again for the first time since inauguration day Biden has been below 50% among independents. One last thing, independents give Democrats in congress only a 25% favorable, 63% unfavorable. Republicans in congress get a 26% favorable, 62% unfavorable. Independents give congress a 10% approval rating vs. 66% disapproval. Now this congressional approval includes all of congress, not just Democrats or just Republicans. But one needs to remember it's the Democrats who are in control of congress. It's the Democrats in congress that's in the public's eye, much more than the Republicans since the Democrats are in control. Take that anyway you wish.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.