The name, the For the People Act, has an elegant simplicity. The number, HR 1, does, too. Democrats call it a first-aid kit for a republic where big money, gerrymandering and voter intimidation have the body politic on life support.
It is that, in part. But some of the medicine packed in this gargantuan legislation will undercut America’s foundational freedoms. And that is why we do not lament the bill’s demise at the hands of Joe Manchin, who has said he cannot support an effort to kill the filibuster to push it and other bills through the Senate.