The discussion between the two centered on how Biden is handling many of the political setbacks that have befallen his party and other forces threatening the country under his watch, including 40-year-high inflation, especially amid criticism from his own party.
Tapper brought up Biden’s recent declaration that he was pursuing legislation to end the Senate filibuster so that Democrats could codify Roe v. Wade into law. The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade last week prompted the president’s urgency, though both Tapper and Axelrod acknowledged Biden has no power to make it happen.
Tapper stated, “Well he’s not going to be able to get it done. Manchin and Sinema aren’t going to do it and those are just the two taking it on the chin for it. There are lots of Democratic senators very concerned – less publicly so – about changing the filibuster rules for the reason I explained.”
Axelrod acknowledged Tapper’s point. “Yes, yes,” he said, adding, “and Manchin and Sinema provide a cover for them.”
Axelrod claimed the impotence Biden has in ending the filibuster just reflects the unfortunate situation he is in as president right now. “I mean this is the lot that Biden finds himself in. There is this sense that things are kind of out of control and he’s not in command. And this lends to that.”
The commentator mentioned how high inflation and high gas prices are making Biden look weak. “Inflation, no one president can control inflation, but it is a gale force wind right now. It’s effecting politics,” Axelrod explained, adding, “You heard him on gas prices today. He talks about the gas tax holiday, but he is not going to get the gas tax holiday and there are a lot of Americans who are skeptical about whether that would help.”
“So, you know, this is a very, very fraught environment for him right now,” Axelrod asserted.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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