President Biden had to choose and he went with the progressives
He came to Capitol Hill to save his two bills and left with unhappy moderates
October 4, 2021
WASHINGTON – For well over a year now, President Joe Biden's vaunted negotiating style largely boiled down to this: I'm with you.
After he vanquished Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, he brought the liberal icon's ardent supporters into the fold by embracing much of the senator's platform even as he ran on unifying the country. When moderate Democrats came to call, he used the tones of centrism to assure them of his conciliatory bona fides.
But when Biden ventured to the Capitol on Friday to help House Democrats out of their thicket, he had to choose sides. He effectively chose the left.