This week the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that a minimum wage hike cannot be added to a budget bill by reconciliation. More Biden cabinet nominees moved through their confirmation hearings, boring, boring confirmation hearings. Manufacturers announced a big boost in vaccine production next month. The US is already looking more like the US, administering more than 20 times more vaccines a day than the pace of new infections. We’re not out of February yet and already more than 20% of our total population has received their first jab. If Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine wins approval today, vaccine availability will double next month.
The most powerful lunatic in US politics is now just a freshman Republican Representative from some provincial backwater who will never see any part of the White House not open to tourists. Manhattan prosecutors have Trump’s tax returns. Federal AG’s are preparing to continue the Bannon prosecution despite his pardon. Last week’s biggest story was a weather disaster. No one threw paper towels at the victims.
In short, politics is boring again and it’s wonderful.
Of course, we’re in the eye of the storm. Republicans, momentarily dazed by an unexplainable defeat, will gather what remains of their wits. Violence we saw in January will come surging back nationwide with full-throated support from Republican elected officials. But for the moment, it’s so nice to be bored by politics.