Republicans Already Deep In Plans On How They’ll Destroy The Biden Presidency

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"If Republicans can scuttle a robust package now, that would hand Biden a 'deepening recession.'"

Republicans’ approach to another coronavirus stimulus package — or perhaps more accurately, their opposition to one — supports the notion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his cohort intend to cripple the economy and a likely Biden presidency, The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote in a recent op-ed.

  • “Republicans almost certainly suspect Trump will lose even with a big stimulus and already hope to put an incoming President Joe Biden in a fiscal straitjacket, saddling him with the terrible politics of a grueling recovery,” Sargent surmised.
  • This is evidenced, he said, by a recent Bloomberg report in which a Republican strategist effectively gave away the game. According to that report:

A GOP strategist who has been consulting with Senate campaigns said Republicans have been carefully laying the groundwork to restrain a Biden administration on federal spending and the budget deficit by talking up concerns about the price tag for another round of virus relief. The thinking, the strategist said, is that it would be very hard politically to agree on spending trillions more now and then in January suddenly embrace fiscal restraint.

  • “This comes from an anonymous source,” Sargent noted. “But it accords with what all our intuitions and our understanding of recent U.S. political history tell us.”

Indeed, as Eric Levitz points out, if Republicans can scuttle a robust package now, that would hand Biden a “deepening recession.” If Republicans hold the Senate and can block big stimulus measures at that point, Levitz continues, “Biden’s presidency would be over before it starts.”

Read the full op-ed.


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