While Biden tends to be self-deprecating about many things, his rare ability to make deals is not one of them.
“My whole career I’ve been able to get a lot of things done,” he said at the time. “I know I am being criticized by some on the far left that I … truly think we should work with Republicans. But how do you get something done [without that]?”
And already in his victory speech after winning the 2020 election, Biden referred to his desire to bring people together.
“I potential to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify,” he said. “Who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States.”
Joe Biden, meet the most important week of your life.
If ever there was a man for the moment — the moment being more than $4.5 trillion in government spending that congressional Democrats are trying to pass this week — it’s Joe Biden.
If you believe Biden that the work of his life has been deal-making — and there’s abundant evidence in deals he cut with then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during his years as vice president — then now is the time for him to show and prove that he can do it on the biggest stage with the biggest stakes.
Yes, the task is meaningful — trying to thread the needle between liberals and moderates within his own party to find a way to get almost the entirety of his first-term agenda done with these two pieces of legislation.
But that’s what Biden asked for — and what he has long told us he is uniquely appropriate to do.
The Point: It’s put up or shut up time for Biden. And the success or failure of his administration may well be riding on it.
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