The Parties' Contrasting Approaches to Democracy

In a statement that would make the founding fathers cringe, Democrat Party consigliere Marc Elias said: “It’s time to admit that Democracy is a partisan issue.”

For a great example of how radical Democrats in leadership have become (especially in the House), look no further than their proposed Electoral Count Act (ECA) reform, which fully endorses Marc Elias' position.  In contrast, Senate Republicans have worked to achieve a truly bipartisan and clear-cut approach to ECA reform.

On the House side today, Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren introduced House Democrats’ version of ECA reform.  The Chairwoman's justification for her partisan angle to ECA reform is based on the "findings” of the January 6 Committee, a committee where the minority party was given zero say as to which of its members could sit on the committee in a virtually unprecedented show of partisanship.  Chairwoman Lofgren introduced her bill with defeated and obsessed-with-January-6 Republican Rep. Liz Cheney. 

Most telling of Democrats' partisanship is the fact that Chairwoman Lofgren did not make any meaningful effort to reach across the aisle.  The first time her GOP counterpart on the House Administration Committee, Ranking Member Rodney Davis, saw Chairwoman Lofgren’s ECA bill was when she made it public.  Not only is Ranking Member Davis arguably the leading House GOP member on all things regarding elections, but he is also well known for being one of the most moderate members of Congress. 

Contrast this with the Senate.  Republican Senator Susan Collins has worked for months with Democrat Senator Joe Machin on a truly bipartisan proposal to reform the ECA.  Unlike Chairwoman Lofgren, Senator Collins consulted numerous other senators.  The final product’s support literally covers the political spectrum: from conservative Republican stalwarts such as Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley to far-left Northeast progressive Democrats such as Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.    

So of course, Marc Elias has called the Senate proposal a “trap” and has come out strongly against Senator Collins' bipartisan proposal.  This, sadly, is not a surprise. 

But it is not even about whether you are for or against EAC reform.  It is about one party being willing to work across the aisle for a solution and the other considering democracy “partisan.”  The reality is House Democrats take their lead from Marc Elias.  And that is bad for Democracy.