Yes, it sure seems likely to me that the White House is trying to redefine bipartisanship, which they have been doing from the very beginning, which is — of the administration — which is, bipartisanship isn’t how many Republicans we have to vote on this. Bipartisanship is, how popular is it?
And that means that there are Republican voters across the country who may agree with Joe Biden on what he is putting forward. And so it seems more likely than not this is going to go through on Democratic votes only. And so the question to me is, just how popular is this going to be, if indeed this is still, as Lisa was talking about, in the early stages?
We’re not only boiling the water yet for the meal. What does it look like if this goes through in July or August or September? And how much time — if Republicans feel like they aren’t part of the decision-making, how much time do they have to change the focus, to make this about, as Tam and Lisa both discussed, being too much spending, spending on things that aren’t traditionally seen as infrastructure, that it is getting paid for by taxes raised on all kinds of people, even if they say it is only going to be on certain types of people and certain types of businesses?
So that’s the danger for Democrats going forward. If you are going to make bipartisanship based on how popular it is, if Republicans in Congress don’t feel a buy-in, then they are not going to feel particularly open-minded to making this become more popular as we go through the year.