“Biden is the One Who Can Get Things Done.”

How’s that working out?

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readJan 20, 2022
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Well, it’s official.

Any meaningful voting rights legislation is officially dead for the foreseeable future, after Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted with all 50 GOP Senators to prevent the Democrats from amending the filibuster in order to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

I mean, what’s left to say?

Honestly, I just keep thinking about the primary. I keep thinking about the discourse, and when we were told month after month that Joe Biden was the one who would be able to meet this moment. “Bernie Sanders won’t be able to get anything done”, liberals argued, “but Biden will. Biden’s the one who can actually get things done”.

At the moment, I’m frustrated enough to ask: how’s that working out, exactly? Are liberals still prepared to say Biden’s getting things done when a member of his own party enthusiastically stood up to join the GOP and yelled “aye” in a move that not only humiliated him, but far more importantly ruined any chances of passing voting rights legislation in the near future? Are liberals still prepared to say he was the right choice when Biden can’t even get members of his own party to support his agenda?

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx