H.R. 1 is a bill that looks like it will never become law. It is already dead on arrival. Senator Joe Manchin has refused to support it, and without his backing, the bill will never pass the Senate.
However, it must be understood that a bill as radical as H.R. 1 was never seriously intended to become law. Rather, the mere fact that it was suggested at all already represents a priority signal by Democrats.
There are other factors to consider that indicate that the Democrats’ power is not as total as it appears.
The Inherent Bankruptcy of the Left’s Platform
Another way to look at H.R. 1 is as an idealized policy statement.
It’s what Democrats would want if they could get absolutely whatever they desired.
Since H.R. 1 is dead in the water, Democrats now need to step forward and suggest legislation that’s more palatable.
Sadly, they can’t seem to do this. Even though Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have collectively killed the bill, they have said on multiple occasions that they are open to voting for a compromise bill. That would mean, for example, drafting a voting bill that includes some provisions for ID verification before people can be allowed to vote.
The trouble is that Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. Mere weeks ago, the corporate press was breathlessly screaming about how ID verification was “racist” and somehow constituted “voter suppression.”
However, if Democrats reverse course now and open themselves up to even the slightest compromises on this issue, they will look weak.
Because Democrats have overplayed their hand, they are not in any position to be able to suggest any substantive legislation. That is one sign, among many others, that their power rests on extremely shaky foundations.