‘HOW MUCH IS BIPARTISANSHIP WORTH?’ That was the provocative question a longtime JOE BIDEN adviser asked us Tuesday night as they outlined the internal White House debate over Covid relief bill negotiations…

This adviser was surprised by the Debbie Downer tone of the Monday night statement put out by the White House after Biden met with 10 GOP senators…

“I think it sounded more like RON KLAIN than Joe Biden,” the adviser said, suggesting the chief of staff’s more partisan edge is prevailing over Biden’s preference for dealmaking. “The GOP plan wasn’t a joke. I looked at it and said, ‘OK, the midpoint between $600 billion and $1.9 trillion is about 1.2 or 1.3.’ I was a little surprised we hit back that hard. It’s not like our plan is perfect and there’s nothing we can improve. Vintage Biden would not have been that harsh.”