(PresidentialHill.com)- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has proven himself to be a dreadful tactician. Since taking over the Senate in January 2021, Schumer has made several unforced errors that have hurt the Democrats. And this week, Chuck may have made the worst tactical mistake of them all.
Last week, the New York Democrat announced that he would hold a second Senate vote on the “Women’s Health Protection Act” which would nullify all state abortion laws and make abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy in all fifty states.
The boasting Schumer declared that he wanted every Senator to go on record either showing their support or opposition for unrestricted abortion. And for some reason, Chuck thought this was a great idea.
Even after Democrat Joe Manchin announced he would oppose the bill, Schumer pressed ahead, guaranteeing the bill would be opposed by a majority of senators.
And that’s precisely what happened.
Wednesday afternoon, the vote to end debate and move the bill forward failed 51 to 49.
The only possible reason to hold this vote was to once again have a pretext for demanding an end to the Senate filibuster.
But for that to work, Schumer would have to guarantee that a simple majority of senators voted yes. That way, Democrats could point to the vote and say, “See? The majority of senators support this bill, but those pesky Republicans in the minority can block it because of the 60-vote filibuster threshold!”
But the majority of senators opposed the bill while only a pesky minority supported it.
The instant Joe Manchin announced he would vote no, Schumer should’ve canceled the vote.
But Schumer has terrible instincts. In fact, he has no instincts at all. He is so afraid of facing a primary challenger from the Left, that Schumer has lost all sense of reason.
So how are the Democrats and their handmaids in the media trying to spin this?
Well, they’re lying. They’re pretending the bill was defeated only because of the 60-vote threshold and demanding that the filibuster be abolished.
For example, yesterday evening, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to CNN’s Manu Raju that the minority shouldn’t be allowed to block bills the majority wants.
.@SenWarren: "I believe in democracy, and I don't believe the minority should have the ability to block things that the majority wants to do. That's not in the Constitution. […] It's time to get rid of the filibuster." https://t.co/2tBTIfvv2q pic.twitter.com/UwZuKxrotg
— The Hill (@thehill) May 11, 2022
Liz knows she’s lying. She knows that even without the 60-vote rule, this bill would have been defeated because the majority of Senators voted against it.
But Republican voters should be delighted with this. By calling so much attention to this garbage bill that is so radical, even pro-choice Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Joe Manchin refused to back it, the Democrats are showing the entire country just how extreme their position on abortion has become.