Usually, I think Rashida Tlaib is as useful as a milk bucket under a bull, but she might finally do something that I find productive. She will give the response to the State of the Union speech for the Working Families Party (WFP), a left-wing group that endorses left-wing members of the Democratic Party. She says she will name the names of those who have stood in the way of Biden’s ridiculous agenda.
This could be good because increasingly Democrats are bashing Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and sooner or later, it will occur to them that they have no future in the far-leftist Democratic party and that their committee assignments will be reduced or cut off. When that happens, one or both will realize that their best option is to switch parties.
Certainly, for Joe Manchin, it is a huge advantage to be a Republican in West Virginia that has turned deep red. But, it could also be a boost for Sinema who will declare that the party left her and she would then have the backing of Republicans and sane Democrats. The moment even one of them would switch parties, the Democrats would no longer have the majority in the Senate, and Mitch McConnell could come up with some enticing perks.
Tlaib is going to try to make the case as to why the Biden administration is so bad is because he has only gotten half of what he wants. The problem with that is that there will not be enough Kool-Aid to go around. People don’t like high gas prices and soaring inflation.
Tlaib is “going to be clear about how and why [Biden’s] agenda is incomplete. There are particular political actors, of course Republicans, but then a very niche, small group of obstructionist Democrats. And we’re going to name names,” Maurice Mitchell, the national director of WFP, told Politico, which first reported Tlaib’s speech.
Those Democrats will likely include Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, as well as Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, according to the report. Manchin and Sinema both objected to key provisions in the Build Back Better social spending package, while Gottheimer led a group of representatives in demanding a repeal on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, which allows individuals living in high-tax states to pay lower federal taxes.
Tlaib was also one of eight Democrats to hold up a vote on government funding by refusing to include money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. She later was rebuked by members of her own party for what many viewed were anti-Semitic remarks on the House floor.