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The political center revolts against the fringe, while leaders rebuke Greene’s protesters

The political center in both parties is increasingly pushing back against the fringes of the far right and far left, reflecting fatigue and exasperation over threats to oust Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and continued clashes with pro -Palestinian protesters on college campuses across the country.

The overwhelming vote in the House of Representatives for a foreign package, including funding for Ukraine, was a rebuke to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who is now facing bipartisan opposition as she threatens a snap House leadership election to enforce.

Johnson made clear he had run out of patience with tough Conservative critics as he shelved the Ukraine funding bill, shrugging off warnings it could cost him his job.

Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives said Tuesday that Greene’s efforts to pressure Johnson are failing at home with their constituents.

In a notable development, House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (NY) announced that he and other Democrats would intervene to help Johnson defeat any motion by conservatives to leave his position.

“I think people are tired of the chaos and dysfunction. So I congratulate all of our friends on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives for… actually doing their job instead of the whole sideshow,” said Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate leadership team.

“Republicans are tired of all the antics and chaos in general, and they realize this is a political risk,” he added.

Vin Weber, a Republican strategist and former member of the House Republican leadership: “We are seeing a very strong backlash against the political process from the fringes of both parties,” said

“Even though he is from the other party, we see in the Democratic leader’s response a leader,” he said during his conference on Jeffrie’s decision to side with Johnson against the conservative insurgents.

And he praised Johnson for standing up to critics at his conference by pushing the foreign aid package through the House of Representatives, even though it put his job at risk.

That bold decision was borne out by the strong votes its various components received from Republicans in the House of Representatives, including 101 Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of financing Ukraine.

“I saw the mood in Ukraine as the rebellion of the normies,” said Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist.

“I just feel like you had an overwhelming bipartisan majority in both chambers who are tired of having their lives ruined and ruined by a small minority buying into the Republican conference,” he said. “None of these people are chosen to go to Washington DC so their lives can be turned upside down on a daily basis by Marjorie Taylor Greene. It’s not why they worked so hard to get to Congress or the U.S. Senate.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) warned last week that Greene is “degrading our brand.”

“They – and not the Democrats – pose the greatest risk to us regaining a majority,” he told CNN.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday condemned Columbia University protesters who smashed windows and unfurled an “intifada banner” as they occupied Hamilton Hall, located just off the campus’ South Lawn.

“Breaking windows with hammers and taking over university buildings is not freedom of speech. It’s lawlessness. And those who did this must immediately face consequences that are not just a slap on the wrist,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

He was joined by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who said the images of demonstrators smashing glass “provided more evidence that Columbia administrators have completely failed to bring order to their Manhattan campus.” .”

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) is helping lead the Democratic resistance against pro-Palestinian protesters, whose rhetoric has turned to anti-Semitism, forcing college campuses to close for the final weeks of the school year.

“It’s a great American value to protest, but I don’t think living in a bee house really helps Hamas,” Fetterman told NewsNation’s “The Hill Sunday.”

Fetterman broke with progressives in December by defending “reasonable” border security negotiations and urged his fellow Democrats to recognize the massive flow of migrants across the southern border.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is also drawing praise from centrists after he defied criticism from the left by striking a major deal with Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) President Biden is expanding new emergency powers to close the border.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said this week that he will support a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to expedite the Biden administration’s final rules on streamlining the environmental review process to allow infrastructure upgrades , to undo.

Jonathan Kott, a Democratic strategist and former Manchin aide, said: “The political center is always where you win elections and how you govern.”

“On the margins you get Twitter followers and cable news hits,” he said. “If you actually govern responsibly and are elected, you are in the middle.”

Kott said Fetterman “is speaking his mind and what he believes on a very difficult issue and he should be commended for not being held hostage by one side of the ideological spectrum.”

Some Democrats are increasingly concerned that their party could lose support in November if voters associate it with the chaos on college campuses across the country or the border crisis.

“This election will be decided in the middle, not the margins,” said Jim Kessler, executive vice president for policy at Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank.

“John Fetterman was fantastic not only on the university protests, but also on the border and also on energy policy,” he said.

Fetterman expressed concern that President Biden’s pause on natural gas imports could impact jobs in Pennsylvania.

But Fetterman was most outspoken about Israel’s right to defend itself after the October 7 attacks.

‘I don’t know who needs to hear this, but blocking a bridge or swearing at people in Starbucks is not fair, it just makes you an asshole. Demand from Hamas to send every hostage back home and surrender,” he posted on the social media site

Third Way’s Kessler said Democrats have a lot to do in 2024, such as major legislation investing in infrastructure and renewable energy technologies, but warned that pro-Palestinian protesters on the far left could spoil the election.

“What is happening on college campuses goes too far. A lot of it attracts media attention,” he said.

“The Biden administration has much to commend it, including plummeting homicide rates, record gas and oil drilling, and record permitting. Those can’t be state secrets. These are popular with voters,” he added.

“We’ve seen in the past that anything that happens on the left absolutely ruins the Democrats’ electoral chances. Unmask the police. Abolish ICE. They have hurt Democrats in the past. We cannot allow unrest on college campuses to do this to us again,” he warned.

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