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Power Rankings 3/18

by Jacob Siegel

1. President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden had a prime time speech address where he capitalized on his passing of the Covid-relief bill. As the reporting from the Rachel Maddow show on 3.15.2021 states, President Joe Biden and the Democrats have learned from past administrations and really took the time to highlight and sell the American people on what they did. Biden was there from 2008 to 2016 and from the Democrat’s perspective, they did not do enough to highlight their victory. That changed starting on Thursday night when President Joe Biden did a prime time address telling the nation about the money that will be in their pocket, and, trying to convince Americans to do their part so that in the near future, July 4th, was when President Joe Biden said, maybe, just maybe Americans could get together with their families again.

On Cuomo

PresidentJoe Biden has been hammered in the conservative press for not outright condemning the Cuomo investigations, but, his stance has remained impartial. He wants the investigators to look at what Andrew Cuomo did and wherever the investigation may go, then, it will go there. He did not call on the Governor to resign, or, not resign. He did not have any guidance as to what in particular he thought that the Governor should do.

2. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY

Schumer joined other Democrats in condemning Andrew Cuomo, the New York Democrat who has been rattled by scandal (https://twitter.com/jackposobiec/status/1370745538224742404?s=21). Cuomo has been in the hot seat for sexual assault violations and it has been up to members of his own party on the local level in order to get anything done (source this).

Schumer should also pat himself on the back for rallying all the 51 Democrats together and being able to take a victory lap on the Covid relief bill which passed last week. They were able to pass it before the prime time address last Thursday and then have their prime time address on Thursday. Typically, as Maddow said in 3.15.2021, the party in power has its accomplishments, and, they do not celebrate them enough, so people forget about them. Democrats are really trying to make an effort to not be left in the past.

3. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House

Pelosi corralled the Democratic members of Congress to pass the Covid-19 relief bill. According to a poll by Politico, 75% of the American people approve of the bill while just 25% of the people disapprove of the bill. In an era of political partisanship, while passing bills when you are in the minority is not that impressive, when you have the majority in both the House and the Senate, and, you are still able to get bills passed, that moves her up higher on the list. She is going to be in her current role until at least 2022, which, Republicans are aiming to unseat her on. The fact that she passed a really popular bill is helping her case and making it harder for Republicans to run against her. In fact, a number of Republicans have even went as far as claiming credit for various items in the stimulus bill. Other experts say that the bill would reduce child poverty by one third. While Republicans such as Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell can claim all they want that only 9% of the bill goes to actually fighting Covid, if what people see are the money in their pockets, and, reducing child poverty by one-half, it will be hard to convince voters that it was not money well spent, even if it was a lot of money.

4. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine

While Susan Collins has once been known for her bipartisan reputation across the board, she has been attacked by politicians for having consistently voted for Trump, and recently has been attacked by Schumer for the Democrats saying they consistently tried to get her vote in a bipartisan fashion and blamed being in the recession longer on that particular aspect.

5. Gov Larry Hogan, R-MD

Larry Hogan is one of the latest Governors to lift capacity restrictions. Larry Hogan is in line with several Republican Governors that have lifted restrictions like Greg Abbott. Larry Hogan lifted many restrictions except for diners and stadiums, keeping the mask mandate in place. He left the ability for local jurisdictions to make up their own decisions.

6. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-NC

House Majority Whip James Clyburn ripped Lindsey Graham for his comments that he made to Fox News. During that interview, Senator Lindsey Graham said that helping out Black farmers over White farmers was a form of reparations. James Clyburn insisted that Lindsey Graham knew the very essence of what he said, and that they’re trying to rescue the lives of people. It is not White people that are being disadvantaged in the contest today.

John Boyd Jr. the founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association said essentially that he’s tried talking to Lindsey Graham about the issues that Black farmers face and he’s never heard Graham speak out about discrimination or that him saying he wants justice for Black people.

7. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis

When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised, former President Donald J Trump. Trump’s phone calls to Georgia are in the news again because last week different news organizations received the audio of the said calls and were able to examine them. This place Fani Willis on high prominence on this list as she is conducting a criminal examination into these actions. She asked the states in February to hold on to documents that could indicate ‘election fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering’, per CNN reporting.

8. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin

Even though those thousands of people that were marching to the Capitol were trying to pressure people like me to vote the way they wanted me to vote, I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, and so I wasn’t concerned

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin would go onto say in his interview that had the protesters been members of Black Lives Matter, alluding to the events of the past summer, he would have been concerned. But, said that he felt he had nothing to fear from the people that were rioting on the sixth. His comments illicited a number of backlash and condemnation from his Democratic colleagues including Rep Mark Pocan, D-Wis, said it was highly embarrassing for it to be coming from the state. Representative Ted Lieu, D-CA, questioned his lack of fear remembering that Senators were hiding on that day.

In addition to the comments saying that he would have feared Black Lives Matter protesters more, in that same interview to the radio host he repeated a number of untrue conspiracy theories including the one that those that were on the Capitol who were attacking police officers were not Trump supporters, but, of outside influence.

9. Kamala Harris, VP

With no end in sight for the Cuomo scandal, at the time of writing a seventh accuser has come forward, conservative critics such as Jeanine Pirro of Fox News pounced Kamala, calling her a fraud. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that there is a current investigation going on and that all women need to be treated with respect. Kamala Harris has not openly spoke out about the issue speaking mainly through the Press Secretary which may be at issue with the conservative press.

10. Kevin McCarthy, house minority leader-CA

Following the border visit by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Kevin McCarthy planned a border visit with 13 Republican members. With the Biden administration not willing to call the border issue a crisis, with holding firm on their position that FEMA is there to help resolve matters sooner, Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia broke with the Biden administration on this issue calling it one.

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