Monday, June 14, 2021

Thanks to Manchin and moderate Dems, Biden administration slips into irrelevance; Manchin is not going to be a progressive champion, and related stories

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Thanks to Manchin and moderate Dems, Biden administration slips into irrelevance:
It was inevitable that President Biden’s indifferent relationship to the truth eventually would catch up with him. At a recent event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it did.
Mr. Biden went out of his way to attack two Democratic senators, saying that they voted more with the Republicans than with Democrats. Although he did not name the senators, he meant Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
In attacking them publicly, and obviously incorrectly — both vote far more often with the Democrats than the Republicans — Mr. Biden gave license to the party’s progressives to follow suit, which, of course, they did.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Manchin responded in kind, making it clear in a Sunday column in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that he had no intention of voting for HR 1, which would federalize election laws in these United States, nor would he vote to change the Senate’s filibuster rule.
It was his clearest statement to date on both topics and served to announce both the end of his tolerance with the progressives’ wish list and with Mr. Biden’s daydream of becoming the next FDR. --->READ MORE HERE
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Joe Manchin is not going to be a progressive champion:
It’s often the case that a politician’s service is remembered not in the aggregate but in its exceptions. Former Arizona senator John McCain served as a conservative Republican for decades, earning his party’s presidential nomination in 2008. But the legacy for which he’s remembered at the moment is his opposition to former president Donald Trump, also a Republican, and his dramatic thumbs-down vote to submarine Republican efforts to throw out the Affordable Care Act.
It’s possible, then, that Sen. Joe Manchin III’s (D-W.Va.) tenure in the Senate will be remembered for some moment of similar drama in service to his party’s more progressive policy goals. But, in the aggregate, that’s not who Manchin is — and the ongoing frustration from the left that he isn’t gives cover to other Democrats who are skittish about controversial policies.
For a casual observer, the idea that an elected Democrat in the Senate would insist on working with Republicans and would insist on preserving the filibuster might understandably seem frustrating. But we should remember that Manchin is not your average Democratic senator, in a very real sense. --->READ MORE HERE
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