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Biden Misread His Moderate Mandate, and Missed His Moment

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Two defining moments come to mind as Democrats careen dangerously close to what could effectively be the coup de grâce to Joe Biden’s presidency: failing to pass either of the much-touted “infrastructure” bills as House progressives called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bluff.

The first moment was when Biden thought he could be the next FDR or LBJ. The second moment was when he announced on stage that he would only sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill if a more progressive social reform package (“human infrastructure”) passed via reconciliation vote at the same time. Both moments have conspired to lead Democrats perilously close to blowing up their president’s legislative agenda.

Let’s start with the FDR/LBJ moment made possible by Donald Trump’s sabotaging of two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia. This pushed aside the more modest (and widely popular) mandate of a “return to normalcy,” and created the tempting, if elusive, possibility that Biden could be a truly transformational president. The perceived shift from transitional figure to transformational president gave progressives the false hope that Biden’s presidency........

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