House Majority Whip JAMES CLYBURN (D-S.C.), speaking to the Jewish Federation of Charleston on Wednesday night: “I’m not too sure that Democrats have yet developed the will to win in 2022.”
“The South Carolina Democrat characterized the current ideological divides in his party as the major threat to its tissue-thin majorities in the House and Senate,” wrote Jewish Insider’s Marc Rod, who covered the event. “These divides have been on stark display during the ongoing negotiations over the bipartisan infrastructure bill and ‘Build Back Better’ social spending bill, with intra-party trust between the center and the left severely tested.
“‘Progressives have got to feel like they can take a chance on moderates. Get outside of their comfort zone. Moderates have got to feel the same way about progressives,’ Clyburn explained. ‘And between those two, you’ve got the New [Democrats], you’ve got the Congressional Black Caucus, you’ve got the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, you’ve got the Asian and Pacific Islanders, all of us operating within our comfort zone.’”