It’s been five months since the 2020 Presidential Elections. But in that time, a host of Republicans in power (RIP?) have decided that they aren’t going to waste any time trying to decide if they are going to toss their hat into what should be an over-crowded field for the 2024 race.
And yes, Virginia…they are already scheduling trips to the nation’s first voting site, Iowa.
The election is three and a half years away. Joe Biden hasn’t even found the bathroom in the White House yet. He’s held all of one press conference, and answered a grand total of 20 questions from 10 reporters. Yet, the Republicans aren’t taking any chances.
Former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has already concluded a two day swing through the state. He wasn’t campaigning for himself though…he was campaigning for Donald Trump. And other names have already booked hotel suites in advance of their visits. Names like, Florida Senator and former Governor, Rick Scott; South Carolina Senator, Tim Scott; and Arkansas Senator, Tom Cotton, who has already been to New Hampshire and met with their GOP leadership.
I’m kind of wondering what this all means. Because normally two years out from the election is the time folks start going to the first two states to vote, Iowa and New Hampshire. It does seem a tad early this time, doesn’t it? That’s because it is.
And I’m not sure if it’s because there are a myriad of Republicans who feel that they can certainly beat Joe Biden, especially after he’s had four years in office making a fool of himself, or Kamala Harris, who has already hinted if Biden doesn’t run, she will (again), or if it’s because they want to get super-well known and become household names well before the Iowa Caucus in early 2024.
I’m thinking that the Republicans are going to be super-juiced to defeat Biden, much like the Democrats were super-juiced to take down Trump. And we may be in this back and forth for a good long while. While Democrats are going to take a breather in the presidential realm as far as campaigning goes, they are certainly trying to change the rules so they can win every presidential election here on out through HR-1. And the only way that can happen is if they are actually able to get rid of the Senate filibuster.
Here’s where I can’t understand their excitement to pass HR-1 and the filibuster. Every single Democrat is going to have to vote for it (so far we hear there are four that are against it, including West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema. And we have heard from Mitch McConnell that no Republican is for it. In fact, we’ve heard the Democrats that so loathe it now, used it 329 times last year, and Vice President, Kamala Harris herself used it!
If Republicans do half as well as is expected in the 2022 mid-terms, the Democrats will lose both houses of Congress, meaning they have absolutely no chance of passing anything to get rid of the filibuster. And again, I have no idea where they are going to get the votes to change the rules today. Nothing ever gets done in an election year, which is 2022, so you can bet that if they aren’t able to pull the rabbit out of the hat this year, it won’t happen at all.
And what does this have to do with Republicans hitting Iowa early? Very simply put, while Democrats try to get Americans to feel that the filibuster (that has been hailed by the likes of Joe Biden and Bobo Obama on the Senate floor in the past), is racist and related to Joe Crow because Strom Thurmond used it back in the 1950’s to try and squash the civil rights bill. That’s really a very weak argument. But it allows Republicans trying for the White House to explain their side of the story and tell why we have the filibuster in the first place. Still, it’s a little early for visits to Iowa. Has the snow even melted there yet?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!