Analysis: Biden's Wednesday speech will outline his rhetorical endgame
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden's prime-time address to Congress this week represents another step in negotiations over his economic plan. But the rhetorical endgame has already come into focus.
In theory, a call to prove America can respond to economic competition, climate change and inequality of opportunity could appeal to Republicans as well as Democrats in Congress.
But the GOP leaders who roadblocked former President Barack Obama's priorities whenever possible have already signaled a similar approach to Biden.
As Congress lurches toward a decision on Biden's agenda, unyielding GOP opposition will invite Biden to rally Democrats alone behind their responsibility to safeguard the American experiment.
In the GOP view, the prospect that Biden may pursue a Democrats-only approach to the economic plan -- using the same special budget procedures that delivered $1. 9-trillion in covid-relief spending -- proves the point.
Yet Biden's team maintains that Trump's presidency and its aftermath created a unique political moment that allows Democrats to create sufficient consensus by themselves.
"If Republicans are going to get in the way, Americans are going to side with Biden.
Absent Republican cooperation, a handful of Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will decide the fate of Biden's agenda.