If there has been a Democratic-controlled Congress and White House combination weaker than what we’re seeing now, it’s hard to spot.
President Joe Biden has effectively signaled the end of his legislative agenda by promising executive actions and increasing the might of the regulatory state. The Democrats in Congress are issuing ultimatums to each other over spending issues, and they don’t seem to be afraid to issue them to Biden, either.
The Democrats have a few votes to spare in the House, pending special elections. They have no votes to spare in the Senate. Nancy Pelosi is powerless over her caucus at this point. The Progressive Caucus has taken such firm control over the narrative and the Democratic agenda that Pelosi is just along for the ride at this point.
Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, is probably the most powerless Majority Leader in history. No one talks about Schumer. It’s always about Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or centrist-acting Joe Machin and Kyrsten Sinema. Schumer appears to be completely out of the loop as to what’s going on in his party, and like Pelosi, he does not seem to be fighting to really retake control.
And then there is Biden himself. More