Biden’s Brand of Bipartisanship
Joe Biden ran for president as the kind of moderate Democrat who could entertain the possibility of a Republican vice president. He pledged to work with Republicans in Congress to get things done. In his inaugural address, he declared, “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.”
The first two months of Biden’s term have seen some bipartisanship. Biden has met with a variety of Republicans. The GOP has been more cooperative than one might have expected back in January. Biden’s Cabinet appointments have been approved with bigger majorities than Donald Trump’s. (Though that might be because they were more qualified.) And there have been other areas where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has demonstrated more flexibility than headlines would suggest.