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I'd much rather get a $1 trillion* bill than nothing, and maybe hold on to the Senate and probably increase the House rather than lose both.

Me too, obviously. But to be fair, I also kind of understand where the progressive caucus is coming from. Because I think there's almost no chance that the Democrats hold the House, regardless of whether they pass these bills or not. It certainly helps if they have some accomplishments to point to. But it probably won't turn the tide.

So there's some real eschatological thinking going on out there - the belief that this is the Last Democratic Congress for a generation. So they have to go big, and blow it out swinging for the fences, because this is the last chance. There's no 'live to fight another day' - this is it, the last chance we'll see before 2040 to pass anything at all.

Partially that's motivated by some belief in GOP election shenanigans - both the completely legal and the feared nefarious plots. But I think it's also motivated by a little self-awareness among progressives that their platform isn't built for a political system that provides a tilt to rural small-population states in our current society. Because of the way that partisan ideology matches up with geographic distribution, with progressive ideology being favored by urban residents and conservative ideology by more rural folks, the Democrats will never be able to command an governing majority in the Senate and possibly the House if it is a very progressive party. And the progressives have no intention of ever letting the Democratic party backslide toward centrism again.

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