We are enthralled by the news that Gov. Newsom was able to beat back the recall that was basically mounted by GOP conservatives and Trumpeters. That victory is so desperately needed to withstand the GOP assaults on the Democratic fronts, none more consequential than the pandemic surge, the restrictive voting measures, and the renewed threat of right wing protesters gathering for a Sept. 18th rally.
On Tuesday, Democratic senators introduced a new version of an expansive election reform bill to counter the record-number of voting restrictions that have passed in GOP-led states, which they say make it harder for minorities and low-income Americans to cast a ballot.
And Secretary of State Antony Blinken withstood a barrage of criticism on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, telling the lawmakers, “We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan,” placing much of the blame on former President Donald Trump’s deal with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops by May 1, a fact Trump boasted about just earlier this summer.
A ray of optimism was witnessed the other day when President Biden met with Senators Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, both crucial in getting Biden’s nearly $4 trillion infrastructure bill approved.
These are just a sample of the pressing agenda items that have to be addressed as we move deeper into the September days.
Lawmakers are back at their desks in Congress, Dr. Fauci continues to be concerned about the massive gathering of fans at sporting events, and Dreamers wait to see how the infrastructure debate impacts their status in the nation.
Let us hope that the results in California are an omen, a harbinger that more good times are in the wind. We have had enough bad luck and setbacks of late, and we have our fingers crossed, our hopes high as autumn sweeps the land.