Juan Ayala| United States
Sherrod Brown and Amy Klobuchar are Democratic Senators. They are not loud voices in the Senate chamber or on social media. However, in an era where the left wing of the democratic party has free reign on mainstream media outlets, they represent those lost in the middle.
Senator Brown has recently won another term in Oho-you know, the state both Obama and Trump won– and is widely popular amongst his constituents. He is also no fool. He has not endorsed the ever-popular Green New Deal, nor Medicare For All, whereas several 2020 democratic candidates have already taken to Twitter to announce their support. Although he remains in the “thinking about it” stage, he will be a force in the 2020 primary races.
Senator Klobuchar is a moderate with a strong presence within the Democratic caucus. Her bills actually go somewhere, and upon announcing her run, it was Senate Republicans who rejoiced. The senior Texas senator, John Cornyn, said: “I hope I’m not condemning her nascent run for the presidency; she’s too reasonable, too likable, too nice.” When she was up for reelection in 2018, she won with a strong majority of support. On the Issues, a website that takes a politicians stances on issues, compiles them, and creates their partisan lean, lists her as a “populist-leaning liberal,” while listing Brown as a “hardcore liberal.” While many Democrats are focused on landmark bills including healthcare, free college, and opioids- Klobuchar seemingly believes these are things we can aspire to achieve. Although I disagree with some of her policy proposals, that is an honest and competent answer.
Big Bills Require Bipartisan Action
I promise you one thing: Medicare For All & Free Four Year College will simply not pass a Republican-controlled Senate; it surely will not get Trump’s signature. The ideas set forth by the extremists of the Democratic Party will never make it through Congress. They certainly won’t survive the 2020 general election. Democrats may have the House, but they do not have power where they ultimately need it to be: the Senate.
Where Landmark Bills Have Flourished, It Wasn’t By Much
If Democrats had majority control in the Senate, they would still face an uphill battle getting things through Congress, and then ultimately appropriating the funds. HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act barely passed through a simple majority in the House and Senate. 13 Republicans even voted against it. The Affordable Care Act became law because Democrats had supermajorities in the House and Senate. Not a single Republican could filibuster the legislation. It is worth noting that 34 House Democrats did vote against it.
More Moderates in Congress
In my previous article, I have written plenty about the appeal of centrism. I also don’t think all Republicans love Trump and all Democrats don’t loathe Constitution. However, mainstream media and loud voices in Congress represent such ideologies. Perspective, growing up across the country, and being able to talk, listen, and compromise with people has taught me that I want any politician I vote for to have those same qualities. Can someone in either party possess those traits? It would be refreshing to see more centrists and moderates make their way into Congress.
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