Manchin caters to Trump voters
Senator Manchin, yesterday, in an op-ed in The Washington Post explained why he will not vote to weaken the filibuster especially as it applies to Republican opposition to the For the People Act:
Our ultimate goal should be to restore bipartisan faith in our voting process by assuring all Americans that their votes will be counted, secured and protected.
"All Americans"? Like these Trump supporters and insurrectionists?
Senator, do you think these Trump true-believers and Republicans, short of restoring Trump to the presidency, would ever trust our elections? I don’t think so. That was because for the months before and the two months following the election of Joe Biden, right-wing media (including our local Ogden propaganda outlets), reinforced the Trump assertion that the presidential election was stolen from him even though there was never any evidence of election fraud. C’mon Joe, do you think these people really care about democracy?
Returning to his current mantra, Manchin’s op-ed wants bipartisanship even though no Republican has indicated any support for the voting act let alone shown any willingness to cosponsor the bill.
Senator Joe rewrites history on the American Rescue Plan of 2021
The local Ogden morning’s (and afternoon’s) front-page headline tells us:
Manchin: American Rescue Plan Proof Congress Can Compromise
In the article, Manchin argued that compromise is possible:
He said many believed a partisan Congress wouldn’t be able to achieve a stimulus plan, but it came together when members decided to sit down and work together.
Really? Did anybody compromise? The Senate passed the bill 50-49 with all Democrats voting for and all Republicans voting against the bill. The final House vote was 220-211 with no Republican supporting and one Democrat voting against.
How, Senator, does this prove that “Congress can sit down and work together”?
With no sense of irony or honesty, Manchin then added:
“If we put in the same amount of time and energy and try to work together instead of basically trying to do it without the other side, we get a lot more accomplished,” Manchin said.
Ah, Senator, the Democrats did it without any bipartisanship -- you’re rewriting history because you know that the Intelligencer sent a stenographer rather a reporter so there will be no correction of your lie.
Is it me, or is Manchin getting more full of himself (if that's possible)?