President Biden met Monday with several Republican senators, supposedly in the interest of exploring the possibility of getting 10 Republican votes in the Senate to pass a coronavirus relief bill. If Biden knows what is good for him, this will be a simple feint to get some positive press. He almost certainly would not be able to get 10 votes even for a pared down version of his bill, which is already a compromise from what is needed. Among the group are several hard-right conservatives who will be extremely reluctant to vote for anything that Biden supports — so if he agrees to it, to them it will become bad by definition.
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