Christopher Caldwell suggests that “Republicans’ guilt may be a winning strategy” (Opinion, October 2), but ignore the fact that President Joe Biden’s reconciliation package is hugely popular. A recent Pew Research poll found that 80% of respondents in West Virginia approved it, and 77% of conservative Republicans did.
Democrats probably do not have a mandate for such far-reaching legislation, given the narrow-mindedness of their majority, but if they pass the legislation, they will certainly make hay in the medium term.
Even if Republican hypocrisy is based on the false premise that raising the debt ceiling will accommodate democracy spending (if it is actually meant to punish expenses already incurred, including Republican debt), Democrats will do so on their own. increases, reinforces the general impression that they are serious about their agenda, which in 2022 will lead to their advantage.
For this reason, the Democrats should not be intimidated, as this will only strengthen the Republican story, but they must seize the moment with boldness and proudly raise the debt ceiling through reconciliation.
Albion M Urdank
Emeritus Professor, British and European History
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA