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And now, the entire Biden ogenda is held up by two conservative senators.

That's not correct.

Portions of the Biden agenda are being held up by fifty-two Senators. Not just two.

You're absolutely right that progressives bring a lot of energy, drive, and vision to the Democratic party. But moderate and - yes - conservative Democrats are necessary to bring a majority of Congress. There are probably enough progressives to make a majority of the Democrats, but nowhere near enough to get a majority of the chamber. Getting a majority of the party gives you control over setting the agenda, but you need control over a majority of the chamber to actually pass anything.

Until progressive candidates start consistently winning seats in centrist and slightly right-leaning districts and states - the sort of places that moderate and conservative Democrats have a track record of winning - then the Democratic party will need to tailor its agenda to be palatable to both moderates and progressives.

Which means it's really bad tactics to spend a big part of your time holding a trifecta pushing legislation that you know at least 51 Senators won't vote for, even if the overwhelming majority of Democratic Senators support it. Because again - you don't need just a majority of Democrats, you need at least a majority of Senators to pass something. There's nothing inherently wrong with pushing a bill that can't pass. Legislators introduce legislation even when they're in the minority in one or both chambers, because even failed legislation can serve a political purpose. But you usually shouldn't do that with bills that you really intend and hope to pass. And you can't do that with just progressive votes alone, because there aren't enough progressive Congresspeople.

Moderate and conservative Democrats don't "gum up the works" - they provide the extra votes that are necessary to get to a majority in Congress.

Albaby
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