Dem Notes

  • A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 86 percent of Democratic voters had received at least one vaccine shot. For Republican voters, it was 60 percent.
  • “Okay, (President Biden) wants everything including the kitchen sink. And that’s what the nation needs after four decades of trickle-down economics that created massive inequality and allowed the nation’s physical infrastructure and human infrastructure to fall behind.”—Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.
  • “I’ve never been a liberal in any way, shape or form.”—West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, in a blunt message aimed at House progressives.
  • “The absence of pragmatism among Democrats is as troubling as the absence of principle among Republicans.”—Congressman Dean Phillips, D-Minn.
  • “The era of big government is over.”—What President Bill Clinton declared in 1996. Ironic.
  • In November, the Biden Administration will lift travel restrictions for foreigners who are fully vaccinated. That means a halt to the 18-month ban on travel from 33 countries, including members of the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil and India. A bottom-line upshot: a rejuvenating boost to the U.S. tourism industry.
  • Fox Business host—and former director of the National Economic Council under Trump—Larry Kudlow has praised Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, W.V., and Krysten Sinema, Ariz., for “fighting back” on the budget deal. Even for “centrists,” shout-outs from a Fox/Trump toadie can’t be helpful.
  • A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows a 50 percent approval rate for President Joe Biden. In August, it was 54 percent approval.

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