Joe Biden has spent his entire life preparing for this week.

While Biden tends to be self-critical about many things, his unique ability to make deals is not one of them.

“Give me a break,” Biden told Politico when asked about his ability to do business a few years ago. “I’ve been doing this my entire career. I’m going to say something outrageous: I don’t know anyone who counts the votes better than I do in the Senate.”

“All my career I have been able to do a lot of things,” he said at the time. “I know some on the far left are criticizing me because … I actually think we should work with the Republicans. But how do you get anything done? [without that]? “

So this in 2020“I’m going to say something outrageous. I’m not bad at this because people know that whatever I say to them, I’ll do it. I’ll keep my word.”

And even in his victory speech after winning the 2020 election, Biden touched on his desire to bring people together.

“I promise to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify,” he said. “Who does not see red and blue states, but the United States.”

Joe Biden, meet the most important week of your life.

If ever there was a man at the moment, the moment is more than $ 4.5 trillion in government spending that Congressional Democrats are trying to pass this week, it is Joe Biden.

If you believe Biden that his life’s work has been to make deals, and there is ample evidence in the deals he made with then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during his years as vice president, then now is the time to Let him show and prove that he can do it on the biggest stage with the biggest stakes.

(Sidebar: McConnell himself has openly acknowledged Biden’s ability to do business. “There’s a reason ‘Put Joe on the phone’ is short for ‘time to get serious’ in my office.” McConnell said in 2016.)

Yes, the task is significant: try to thread the needle between liberals and moderates within your own party to find a way to get almost all of your first-term agenda done with these two laws.

But that is what Biden asked for, and what he has long told us that he is uniquely qualified to do.

Point: It’s time to put off or shut up Biden. And the success or failure of your administration may well depend on it.

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