Pinkerton: Trouble in Bidenville – 6 Takeaways on Biden’s Infrastructure Bill

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The passage of Joe Biden’s $550 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) is a game-changer—although it might not change the game in the way that Democrats want. Here are six takeaways on BIF:

1. The bill is a poisoned chalice—because Democrats poisoned it.
On November 6, the morning after BIF passed the U.S. House, the lead story in Politico bannered this headline: “‘Whole day was a clusterf—‘: Dems overcome distrust to send infra bill to Biden.” Hmm. Clusterf—. That’s not such a nice word, is it? Not a quote to inspire confidence, eh? And yet the quote came not from a Republican, but from a Democrat in the House, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

Indeed, Democrats have had a rough ride these past few months, as previous attempts to pass BIF fell prey to internal divisions, the bitter feud between liberal and left-wing members. As the Politico article continued, “Democratic leaders hope the deal Friday brings an end to their party’s months-long internal standoff, which caused a string of embarrassments for leadership including two high-profile abandonments of votes after Biden visits to the Capitol.” Yes, Democrats got their bill, but they got it ugly.

Amusingly, some Democrats have been eager to further widen the split. For instance, on October 28, Curtis Houck of Newsbusters, the conservative media watchdog group, caught this exchange between an MSNBC host and a new member of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad”:

Joy Reid to Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) says the bipartisan infrastructure deal on roads and bridges would ONLY benefit white people: “[T]here was not one person of color on that team. It was negotiated by an all white, conservative group of people and as you said, that’s going to help one set of people.”

To put it mildly, such sneering commentary—declaring that BIF is racist—is not helpful the political optics of the bill. Indeed, for months now, the headlines have been variations of “Democrats in Disarray”; such feuding and sausage-making is a turnoff to voters.

So it’s little wonder that, during these draggy negotiations, Biden’s approval rating has continue to skid. And so while the president may now get a bump in the polls—the Main Stream Media will do its best!—he’s unlikely to build back to even 50 percent approval. Pain.

2. The passage of the bill was a defeat for the hard left.

It’s quite possible that the House could have passed this same BIF bill on October 28, when Biden visited the Capitol; the original plan was for Biden to lobby…

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