Morning Jolt: Why Democrats Can’t Get What They Want

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On the menu today: A big look at how lack of Democratic unity, not the filibuster, is what is really blocking the progressive agenda; how the outlook for Democrats keeping the House keeps getting cloudier; and a corrective dose of perspective to counter one of the gloomiest New York Times articles in a while.

What's Really Blocking the Progressive Agenda

Pop quiz: How many times have Senate Republicans used the filibuster to block legislation this year?

[Insert Jeopardy theme music here.]

Answer: zero.

There was a little bit of talk about using the filibuster on the hate-crimes bill, but that passed without many fireworks.

Give credit to Bill Scher at the Washington Monthly for recognizing that one part of the popular progressive narrative is not actually supported by the facts:

Whatever there is to say about Mitch McConnell's ...

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WITH JIM GERAGHTY May 04 2021
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WITH JIM GERAGHTY May 04 2021
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Why Democrats Can't Get What They Want

On the menu today: A big look at how lack of Democratic unity, not the filibuster, is what is really blocking the progressive agenda; how the outlook for Democrats keeping the House keeps getting cloudier; and a corrective dose of perspective to counter one of the gloomiest New York Times articles in a while.

What's Really Blocking the Progressive Agenda

Pop quiz: How many times have Senate Republicans used the filibuster to block legislation this year?

[Insert Jeopardy theme music here.]

Answer: zero.

There was a little bit of talk about using the filibuster on the hate-crimes bill, but that passed without many fireworks.

Give credit to Bill Scher at the Washington Monthly for recognizing that one part of the popular progressive narrative is not actually supported by the facts:

Whatever there is to say about Mitch McConnell's ...   READ MORE

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