Analysis: How 24 hours changed the Biden presidency
January 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WILMINGTON, DE - DECEMBER 22: President-elect Joe Biden speaks prior to the holiday at the Queen theatre on December 22, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden spoke ahead of the Christmas holiday and called the $900 billion coronavirus aid bill passed by Congress on Monday a start, insisting on more economic relief after the inauguration. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Before Wednesday in Washington, President-elect Joe Biden's fundamental challenge upon assuming office was this: How to navigate a divided Congress on everything from his Cabinet picks to his policy agenda.
(CNN)Before Wednesday in Washington, President-elect Joe Biden's fundamental challenge upon assuming office was this: How to navigate a divided Congress on everything from his Cabinet picks to his policy agenda.
After a 24 hours that saw a) control of the Senate majority flip to Democrats and b) a violent insurrection that led to an occupation of the US Capitol by pro-Trump forces, the Biden presidency looks very different.
Rather than trying to find a narrow legislative path to pick off the votes of a few GOP senators in the Republican-controlled Senate, Biden's core challenge now will be to maintain a balance within his own party between the ascendant liberal left and the more moderate faction (that includes the President-elect himself. )
Biden opposes them, and with a 50-50 Senate -- even with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris breaking ties -- it would be nearly impossible to push though those sorts of liberal policies.
But there's opportunity for Biden in this new Washington as well.
"Now, more than ever, we must enter a new era of bipartisanship in Washington," said West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat, Wednesday morning -- after it was clear that the Senate would switch hands but before the rioting broke out.