President Joe Biden hoped that enacting his sprawling, cradle-to-grave legislative agenda would invite comparisons to Franklin Roosevelt, but it is Democrats who are hampering his ambitions and not Republicans.
Biden’s siding with liberal House Democrats gifted far-Left members of his party with much-needed leverage as they negotiate with the White House and their centrist colleagues to spend more on social welfare, education, and climate programs. But it also revealed Biden’s weak hand, less than a year into his administration and 12 months before Democrats have to defend their congressional majorities.
The White House denies Biden lobbied against part of his agenda during what was supposed to be a private Capitol Hill meeting. But critics contend that is exactly what he did when he told House Democrats he