The failure of Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislative agenda on account of Joe Manchin’s doubts proves that, even though they control neither house of Congress, Republicans can still win victories against President Biden’s agenda. Not every Democratic senator is maximally left-wing, and if Republicans can pick the right battles, they can delay and even prevent the worst excesses of a far-left administration.
One of those worthy battles should be taking place right now. Very soon, the Senate will vote on whether to confirm Gigi Sohn, Joe Biden’s nominee to fill the decisive fifth spot on the Federal Communications Commission. And with a 50-50 split in the Senate, that confirmation is only a sure thing if Republicans decide to take it easy. They shouldn’t. Gigi Sohn is a dangerous extremist whom Republicans should fight ferociously to keep away from any sort of regulatory power.
By tradition, the chairman of the FCC steps down when the presidency switches parties, so that that the new president can choose a replacement. In October, after an unusually-lengthy 10-month delay, Biden elevated sitting commissioner Jennifer Rosenworcel to be FCC chairwoman, and chose Gigi Sohn to fill the vacant fifth seat.
Sohn, a longtime telecom lawyer and activist, is an alumnus of the far-left Ford Foundation and a fellow with the Open Society Foundations, the grantmaking network funded by George Soros. For those of you living under a rock, Soros is best known as the billionaire paying to make every American city into a criminal disaster area.