This whole dilemma boils down to numbers for me. Fact is you're always going to have a few who won't go along with whatever agenda or legislation from either party. 34 Democrats in the house voted against the ACA back in 2010. No big deal since the Democrats had 256 Democratic house members. The democrats knew they had the votes prior to the vote taking place. Most of those 34 were actually given permission if that's the right word, I don't think so. Perhaps being told it was okay by the democratic leadership to do so.
My point is 222 is a long way from 256 as is 50 in the senate from 60 when the ACA passed the senate later to dwindle to 59 on Scott Brown's win replacing Ted Kennedy.
Which brings me back to politics being the art of the possible. Any political realist who lives in the world of reality knows the infrastructure bill should be a done deal. Place the blame on whoever, but the fact is it isn't a done deal. The 3.5 trillion bill was dead before it was proposed. My advise, take the 1.5 trillion and move on. Take what is possible and work on what isn't possible next year. Perhaps a new bill.
What is possible boils down to numbers. It's really quite simple. I think with last Tuesday's results, some of these moderate democrats from swing districts may look at self preservation as being priority number one and now vote nay on the 1.5 trillion package even if Manchin and Sinema approve it. Time will tell.
What's the difference, nuclear war and nuclear winter, Yellowstone, Long Valley, Valles, Lake Toba, Taupo, or some other super volcano erupting, astroid or comet hitting the earth, Human life will probable go extinct. Although other life will survive.