Even as the events of the January 6 insurrection continue to turn Republicans against each other, with the committee revealing a more insidious picture of what was being planned for that day, the punditry seems to largely concern itself with “bipartisanship” and how it’s largely non-existent, something they probably could have made a bigger fuss out of a decade ago when the GOP retook the House and were ultimately emboldened enough to steal a SCOTUS seat under Barack Obama’s presidency.
Part of their animosity towards the Biden administration is a lack of bipartisanship – they tend to say – casting the president in a negative light when the fault of this missing bipartisanship is due to the other party and its deliberate obstruction that it often does with few consequences.
The problem is that this narrative that President Biden failed on his campaign promise to bring back bipartisanship is pretty much entirely false. Even if he hasn’t gotten support from across the aisle at all on voting rights and only minimal support on infrastructure, the Senate recently voted on a bill that will save the US Postal Service that will allow its employees to retire into Medicare, while also funding it and more importantly, preventing Louis DeJoy from gutting it as he sought to do under the former guy, relieving it of over $50 billion in costs.
This comes on the heels of a bill that makes it easier to manufacture semiconductor chips in the US and just as the House is preparing to vote on a bill that bans members of Congress from trading stocks – a move that even has Kevin McCarthy’s support. Of course, the loss of Democratic control would guarantee much more severe obstruction than what we’re currently seeing – which is why we must expand on our wins and support Democrats across the board in 2022.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making