Partisanship is up, but party strength is decimated. Can Biden adapt?

President Biden.
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There's an old and possibly misguided aphorism in politics: "Democrats fall in love. Republicans fall in line." President Biden's plan for passing the imperiled $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill apparently relies on an entirely different dynamic: He expects Democrats to fall in line.

"He's not gonna beg," an anonymous official tells Axios. "His view is: 'You're Democrats, and you're with your president or you're not.'"

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