Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns get to the heart of the current state of American politics about a dozen pages from the end of their book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”
“America’s two-party system can only work well if at least one party is politically powerful, internally coherent, and serious about governing everything at the same time. At the end of 2021, neither ruling Democrats nor Republicans could be described. opposition in these terms.”
The argument can also be made for 2022.
In chronicling politics from the end of Donald Trump’s presidency through Joe Biden’s first year as president and how Democrats and Republicans acted during both presidencies, Martin and Alexander posit that Republicans cannot govern because ‘they put the temper of one man – Trump – above the party and the country while the Democrats can’t govern because of the infighting of his myriad interest groups.
That and Democrats and Republicans mostly refusing to work with each other and when they do, they are either accused of betraying the party or threatened with being “prioritized” by the former president, respectively.
While the book sheds light on the presidencies of Trump and Biden, the focus is on how members of Congress on both sides of the aisle react and react to the former president and the current president – through Trump’s blatant refusal to concede the coronavirus election to funding Americans to Biden’s failure to muster enough votes within his own party to push through his ambitious agenda.
The book is written in a tight journalistic style, filled with research and interviews from dozens of sources. “This Will Not Pass” is a critical look at the dysfunction at the heart of the US government. Martin and Alexander let neither party nor president pass.