Conventional wisdom amongst Democrats is that Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are “single-handedly” obstructing President Biden’s congressional agenda.
Senator Bernie Sanders’s Tweet Last Week:
2 senators cannot be allowed to defeat what 48 senators and 210 House members want.
Not so fast, argues Eric Boehm in Reason.
The Trope’s Math Problem
If Manchin and Sinema cannot be convinced to vote for the package … it would not be two senators preventing 48 others from passing the reconciliation bill. It would be 52 senators opposing what 48 want. …
There are 100 members of the United States Senate. Forty-eight don’t get to run the show.
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