Journalists have joined Democrats in pushing voting reform legislation with absurd claims about saving American democracy.
And liberals say Republicans are the anti-democratic conspiracy theorists …
Senate Democrats have given up on their supposedly must-pass Build Back Better Act and shifted their focus to voting reform, arguing nothing less than the survival of U.S. elections and civil rights is at stake.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.: The congressman said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” Monday that Democrats had to enact the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act before the 2022 midterms and warned if the GOP wins back a House majority: “voting as we know it in this country will be gone.”
Robert Reich: The University of California, Berkeley professor and former U.S. Secretary of Labor tweeted Monday that “left” and “right” no longer exist, There is now only “democracy vs. authoritarianism.”
There is no more left vs right. It’s now democracy vs authoritarianism, voting rights vs white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/IGCazXbeNe
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 3, 2022
Rachel Maddow: If Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. — who killed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill last month — doesn’t deliver this time by voting to weaken the filibuster, history will judge him as a racist, Maddow told fellow MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday.
These people are so unbearable. Maddow compared Sinema to Strom Thurmond for her having a position on the filibuster that every Senate Democrat had just a few years ago. Exactly who watches this and thinks “that’s a really smart point”? https://t.co/hkHsC6uXWh
— AG (@AGHamilton29) January 4, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: “If you’re going to rig the game and say, ‘Oh, we’ll count the rigged game accurately,’ what good is that?” Schumer told reporters Tuesday in reference to mooted compromise legislation on election reform.
- Such a bill, currently backed by conservative intellectuals and maybe some GOP senators, would update the Electoral Count Act, the 19th-century law governing how Electoral College votes are certified and tabulated.
- But Schumer, a onetime passionate defender of the Senate filibuster, has started pushing for the 60-vote threshold to be weakened so he can use Democrats’ razor-thin advantage in the chamber to make changes to voting procedures.
Ahead of the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot this week, the Democrat-media establishment has portrayed former President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters as power-mad paranoiacs bent on dismantling American democracy.
- But even some left-leaning observers have acknowledged there is no crisis of voting access in America, raising questions about which side has most undermined public faith in elections.
- A recent Washington Post-University of Maryland poll found Americans are less skeptical of Biden’s electoral legitimacy than they were of George W. Bush’s in 2000 and Donald Trump’s in 2017.
- “The Dem argument is basically: “democracy is over if the other side wins”? Isn’t that…undemocratic?” tweeted anti-Trump Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney Tuesday.