Democrats Terrified That Biden Can’t Unite His Own Party

By Newsmax
Posted on 10/18/21 | News Source: Newsmax

President Joe Biden had pitched himself as the uniter in chief, but his failing to bring even his own party together to pass a budget has Democrats wanting him to be more aggressive than passive.

“The reality right now is that a lot of people are saying, ‘Where’s Joe Biden? This is his agenda, why isn’t he more involved in the negotiations?'” a House Democrat told CNN.

A failure to move big-ticket spending items is one thing, but even failing to agree on what the size and scope of the budget should be is leading some to question whether Biden can live up to his campaign promise to prove government can work.

“You don’t want to get to a point where we look so indecisive that it can’t be repaired with the package that’s going to pass and start impacting people’s lives,” Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, told CNN.

Ryan is running for Senate in Ohio and this year’s budget talks are likely to have a lasting impact on the 2022 midterms and in determining whether Democrats can hold the House and Senate.

A Democrat aide on the Hill called it a “quagmire.”

“Multiple constituencies within the caucus thought they were the ones standing up for the president and his agenda as it relates to the legislative process,” the aide told CNN. “There’s someone who could have settled that spirited disagreement more explicitly.”