Chuck Schumer’s Senate majority is falling to pieces.
Now, things just went from bad to worse.
And it’s all because of one Democrat revolt that’s about to hand Schumer a humiliating loss.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is clinging to power by the skin of his teeth.
With only 50 Democrats in the Senate, Schumer technically doesn’t even hold a majority of seats in the upper chamber of Congress.
But with Vice President Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes in Schumer’s favor, he’s able to form a “working majority” of one seat.
The result has been one of the weakest Democrat majorities in the Senate’s history, with Schumer at the mercy of any one of his caucus members walking away from the table, and thus destroying his legislative agenda.
This has repeatedly been the case with Democrat Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who have not only defeated Schumer’s past attempts to scrap the filibuster, but have also killed Democrat plans to pack the Supreme Court and pass some of the worst left-wing legislation that has passed the House of Representatives.
But Schumer has other problems to deal with on his left flank. And now, he’s in one of the worst political fights of his life to keep some of the more liberal members of his caucus from walking away from a huge infrastructure package that President Joe Biden is counting on him to pass.
The Hill reports, “Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is working to hold Democrats together as he faces the biggest test of his tenure — navigating a massive infrastructure and spending package, the party’s top legislative priority, through the Senate.”
“The Democratic leader got big breaks this week with the Budget Committee agreeing to a $3.5 trillion price tag for a Democratic-only bill and President Biden rallying the caucus Wednesday behind both the budget resolution and a bipartisan package.”
Schumer’s “working majority” now seems on the verge of collapse, as the threat of his infrastructure deal falling apart grows by the day.
What’s more, if Schumer loses too many Democrats, he may not have enough Republicans who will cross over and give him the win he so desperately needs.
In the end, it’s the extreme left who may end up costing Schumer his Senate majority.
“Much of the hardest work still remains as Democrats scramble to flesh out the details, get 60 votes for the smaller, $1.2 trillion bipartisan agreement and unify all 50 of their members behind reconciliation,” adds The Hill. “Schumer, while taking a victory lap, is being careful to warn that Democrats are still at the relative beginning of a long process that could take weeks, but likely months, to complete.”
For his part, Schumer knows that if he alienates too many Democrats ahead of the 2022 elections, he may be guaranteed to lose control of the Senate.
Democrats cannot afford to lose a single seat in the elections next year or else Republicans will take control of the chamber.
As a result, Schumer’s need to placate his left-wing base is larger than ever before.
But at the same time, Schumer also knows that if he moves too far to the left, he’s at risk of losing the middle.
As a result, Schumer is now caught between a rock and a hard place, with one massive political defeat looming on the horizon.