It still seems at least slightly more likely that Joe Biden passes no more major pieces of legislation in the approximately one-year window left to get things done than that he achieves FDRLBJ-like status.
Check with Joe Manchin’s mood if you want to know which it will be.
Not much actual news was committed in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, but the press conference is quite useful as prism to take stock of Biden’s chances to succeed at going big with the massive progressive agenda that is the Biden-Harris-Klain-Pelosi-Schumer project.
There is no doubt that Team McConnell, the narrowly divided congressional chambers, and the fierce partisanship in DC and around the country pose real obstacles to Biden’s aspirations.
But the press conference and its aftermath put in sharp relief the Four Ps that give Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. the upper hand.
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