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Guest Comment: The coming civil war in the Democratic Party

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Conservatives, Republicans and Trump supporters should start licking their chops in anticipation, because in the very near future the spectacle long waited for will finally materialize: Democrat moderates and progressives will form one of the most brutal and effective circular firing squads of all time.

The trigger for this on the left will be simple: after months of painstaking legislative sausage-making, Democratic efforts to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill plus a $3.5 trillion social spending and entitlement bill will collapse in a heap. The Squad's effort to get funding for Israel's “Iron Dome” stricken from a spending bill was a mere shot across the bow.

The bigger problem is that the least congressional progressives will accept, in terms of new federal funding of their pie-in-the-sky priorities, is far more than moderates, afraid of being swept away by a “red tide” in the 2022 midterm elections, will vote for. The more time that passes, moreover, and the lower President Biden's approval numbers sink, the harder it becomes to corral leftists and centrists into voting for compromise legislation.

Ergo, the Democrats' big bet on history-making social spending and entitlement expansion is about to come up empty.

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