President-elect Joe Biden is about to be sworn into office, when he will immediately face the left wing of his party and large Republican minorities in both chambers of Congress pulling him in opposite directions.
Before the Nov. 3 elections, Biden appeared confident that Democrats would sweep the House and Senate. That would have made it possible for him to enact Franklin Roosevelt-esque reform to deal with the public health and economic crises.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, and Biden does have Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress. The problem is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is clinging on to power by the narrowest margin since Republicans’ majority in 2001.