Has Biden Become a Bernie Sanders Democrat?
"We've got the president of the United States on our side," said Sen. Bernie Sanders Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
"Got 96% of the members of the Democratic caucus in the House on our side. We got all but two senators at this point in the Democratic caucus on our side. We're going to win this thing."
The socialist senator from Vermont may be overly optimistic about how the party deadlock on Capitol Hill unfolds. But about the balance of forces inside the party, and the direction where it is headed, Sanders is probably not wrong.
Progressive Democrats won the week.
President Joe Biden confirmed it by casting his lot with the liberal-left on the sequencing of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion social safety net bill pending in Congress.
When Biden went to the Hill Friday, it was thought he was coming to rescue and liberate the Senate-passed infrastructure bill being held hostage by progressives until they got their way on the larger bill.
Progressives had threatened to sink the roads-and-bridges bill in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House, unless they received solid assurances that both houses would simultaneously take up and approve the $3.5 trillion bill.
When Biden reached the Hill, however, he threw in with the hostage-takers. He asked for a delay in House passage of his own infrastructure bill, until the demands of the progressives were addressed and met.
Pelosi agreed and has put off any House vote on the infrastructure bill until the end of October.
Biden had ditched the Biden Democrats and cast his lot with Sanders & Co. Let's hold off voting on my own infrastructure bill, until we can also deliver what the progressives demand of us, he was saying.