Presuming the Democrats win the Senate, all the stuff I mentioned seems pretty doable, although not exactly a walk in the park. Then, tackling the super-tough stuff. On the immigration front, just protecting the Dreamers from deportation would be a sign that we’re going to be going in the right direction.
Bret: If Trump had simply done a deal with Democrats, giving Dreamers a path to citizenship in exchange for funding his border wall, he could have fulfilled a promise to his voters while getting something positive done. He couldn’t because the Art of the Deal was yet another con.
Gail: Yeah, you wonder if the Art of the Deal was originally a code for canasta playing.
Those things are pretty sure to be on the top. I don’t know what he’ll do about climate change, but I suspect rather than some big legislative initiative, short-term he’ll just reinstate Obama’s regulation on car emissions.
Still, that’s a pretty large package. If I had a magic wand I’d add in gun control — maybe starting with improving the background checks.
Whew. How about you?
Bret: Obviously Biden’s legislative agenda is going to be very far from my own. But I would be thrilled if he affirmed America’s commitments to our traditional alliances, especially in Europe, smacked Russia hard for its election interference, bolstered relations with Ukraine, stood up for human rights everywhere, most particularly for Uighurs and the people of Hong Kong, and restored America’s status as a nation that welcomes and celebrates immigrants from every corner of the world. He’d also do a lot of good by completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration supported but failed to get past the finish line.
Oh, and speaking of the Senate: Did you hear Nebraska’s Ben Sasse tear into Trump during that phone call with his constituents? Too little, too late, in my view, though it’s always nice to hear what Republicans really think of their favorite president.
Gail: Yeah, thanks to Sasse we can point to a sitting senator from his own party who accused him of screwing up the coronavirus crisis, cozying up to dictators and white supremacists and drawing the water for a “Republican blood bath.”
Can’t get much better than that. Catch you again next week, Bret. God knows what will have happened by then.
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