Although the 2020 elections were a disappointment for Republicans because of losing the White House, their party was still able to make gains in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Had it not been for those gains, in addition to U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may have had an easier go at passing two massive spending bills earlier this week, according to U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville).
“If we had not picked up that, and, of course, if Manchin and Sinema weren’t there, then you would see this legislation move through like a bulldozer coming down the tracks,” he said during an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show.” That’s why one or two seats in the House make a difference. I know we focus on the presidency, and it is vitally important, and no question about it. But obviously, it shows you what can happen if we just keep one or two seats and the majority in the House or the Senate how things could change as well.”
Aderholt explained how President Joe Biden was also in a difficult position given the divisions within his party, which Aderholt said inhibited his ability to make a deal with moderate Democrats and Republicans.
“[I] think the president is in a very serious situation,” Aderholt added. “I think he would like to get something through — but, he has made, also, this promise to the liberal faction of the Democrat Party, and mostly nationwide, his constituency is more of a local persuasion. And therefore, he has to be careful in going for a lower number because then it shows he’s not really with the liberal faction of the Democrat Party, which is the lion’s share of the Democrat Party at this point.”
“So, I think if Joe Biden was left with himself, without any outside influence from the liberal faction of the Democrat Party — then I think he would make a deal in a heartbeat with the moderates, with Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, and the House moderates, and even the Republicans. But I don’t think he is being allowed to do that because of the velocity of the Democrat Party right now and because the liberal faction carries such a heavy weight with the party. So, I think he is in a very difficult position just like [Nancy] Pelosi is. He has to be very careful instead of throwing the liberal faction overboard because he needs their support.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.