I woke up this AM with the Braves having clinched the NL East Division title and Pelosi delaying the vote on the Infrastructure Bill.

Infrastructure vote postponed despite Pelosi's efforts to push forward: 'We are not there yet'


I think it will all come together at some point. I also read the 3.5 trillion bill is using reconciliation process which eliminates the filibuster. Only Manchin and or Sinema can kill the 3.5 bill in the senate. The Republicans don't have the votes.

But in the house, the game of chicken continues. Moderates saying vote on the infrastructure bill first or we'll vote no on the 3.5 and the progressives saying vote on the 3.5 first or we'll vote no on the infrastructure bill.

Regardless, it's still a numbers problem for Pelosi. 222 is far way from 256 the Dems had for the ACA vote. The moderates feel they need the infrastructure bill to get reelected in swing districts or even slightly red districts. Most progressives are from safe districts and I have the distinct feeling progressives would be happy to get rid of the moderates. The few that's left after 2010.

This is where I look at things differently. To retain control of the house the Democrats are going to need those 10 or so moderates to win their swing districts. I think progressives in the house has lost track of this, haven't thought of it, ignoring it or just plain don't care. They want the 3.5 and are willing to pay any price for it even if it means losing control of the house next year. Which would doom any future bills or agenda they may want.

This brings back memories of 2010 which basically made Obama a lame duck president for his last 6 years. Only accomplishing anything through executive orders. Not legislation. Some will argue it was worth it, some not. It's all a matter of perspectives.

But I think everything will come together sooner or later.

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.