VP Harris tested positive for COVID-19. She doesn’t have any symptoms and is working from home, according to her press secretary. She’ll be back in the White House when she tests negative.
Coincidentally, the most careful person I personally know also tested positive recently, with mild symptoms. She and Harris will be fine. They’re relatively young and healthy, and both have access to great healthcare.
In other news, things are going to shit in Florida so fast I am just shaking my head in amazement and no longer have the heart to talk about it.
Turning once again to national news, I mentioned this WaPo article in the morning thread, “Fears mount inside White House that Manchin won’t agree to any deal.” An excerpt:
White House officials are confronting the “real fear” that they will fail to reach any deal with Manchin — even one that leaves out most of what Biden had initially hoped to accomplish, according to three senior administration officials and three outside advisers in communication with the White House, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment on internal talks. A year after Biden introduced his climate and social spending plans, the White House is running out of time to get Manchin onboard, with many lawmakers in Congress viewing July 4 as a crucial deadline for action.
Maybe there’s some upside to this. Perhaps the paucity of legislative achievements to tout despite holding a (not really) power trifecta will inspire Democrats to focus more on the global struggle between authoritarianism and democracy, explicitly laying claim to their role as the good guys and saying out loud who the bad guys are, abroad and at home.
I think it’s a pretty compelling story: Republicans’ de facto leader kissed Putin’s authoritarian ass for four years, corruptly attempted to extort Ukraine, then banded together with Republican lawmakers and assorted kooks to do a coup. The upcoming January 6th hearings could be an opportunity to start banging this drum and keep right on banging it until November.
The kitchen table issues consultants say Dems should focus on will either take care of themselves or they won’t. Since we don’t really have a governing majority, we can’t do a whole lot to fix them. But we’re the only party left that still believes in democracy. That’s a big fucking deal, and I’m hoping to hear more about it in the months ahead.