West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin earlier today:
Is Manchin finally seeing the light? Probably not -- look at how he responds to a reporter's question about it:
Have faith that there are 10 good Republicans? Did you read your own statement, Senator? And look at what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing:
Ten Republican senators? Where can I bet the under?
What did Senator Manchin say about the filibuster back in 2011 when he first entered the Senate?
Jack Holmes in today’s Esquire compares today's version of Manchin with the 2011 model:
In 2011, Senator Joe Manchin decided he'd had enough. "West Virginians deserve a government that works for them, and they are understandably frustrated with the way things get done—or don’t—in Washington," he said in a statement. It was part of his announcement that he was signing onto various proposals to change the rules of the Senate to make the World's Greatest Deliberative Body more transparent and less dysfunctional. Among the list of procedural reforms Manchin considered was Senate Resolution 10, which he co-sponsored. It would have. . .
. . . eliminated the filibuster on motions to proceed to a debate on the substance of the bill; eliminated secret holds; allowed both the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader to offer up to three amendments on behalf of their members after cloture has been filed as long as the amendments are relevant; required that Senators who wish to filibuster a bill must actually take the floor and make remarks; and expedited the process for nominees that require Senate confirmation.
As Holmes notes, the bill failed. Holmes concludes his piece by asking:
what exactly has happened over the last 10 years to strengthen Manchin's belief that the Republican Party can be a responsible partner interested in governing the country with the best interests of most citizens in mind?
My answer would be that nothing has changed in the Republican Party -- it was not and is not interested in working with a Democratic president. (What has changed is that Manchin now wants to be the center of everyone's attention.)
5/27 - Shelley Moore Capito
According to Politico's congressional bureau chief, Capito (WV) is a "no" and Portman (OH) is still undecided.
Additionally, CNN is reporting that neither Capito nor any of her staff were among those who met with the family of fallen officer Brian Sicknick earlier today.
5/28 - Joe Manchin's reaction to the success of the Republican filibuster
It's not just the Republicans, Senator, the failure to establish a commission is something you'll have to live with.