Good move Donald!
It’s Trump’s first point — that the Senate “will start the process for a vote that increases [stimulus] checks to $2,000” — that is by far the most realistic and politically problematic suggestion for Republicans.
Why? Because it puts them in a very small box: Either vote to massively increase the national debt — by giving $1,400 more to every qualifying individual in the country — or vote against what is much-needed money for people who have been devastated by the economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
So, either violate a bedrock principle of conservatism (the government is spending us into unmanageable debt!) or be attacked as heartless by Democrats. It’s a lose-lose. Bigly. Especially if you are Sens. Kelly Loeffler or David Perdue, both locked in tight runoff races on January 5. Both incumbent Republicans need base conservatives with them to win, so a vote for more government spending isn’t a good one.
But they also can’t actively agitate the rest of the state — including swing voters in the suburbs who want the government to help those struggling as much as they can. It’s a nearly impossible line to walk, politically speaking.
And Democrats know it. “I will vote for you to have a $2000 relief check,” tweeted Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. “David Perdue won’t.”
It’s why they immediately began to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote like Trump wants.
“The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks,” tweeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday night. “Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” (The Senate gaveled in — and out — of a pro forma session in under 30 seconds Monday morning, blocking Schumer from making any legislative moves.)…