‘It’s Good To Be King’ – Sen. Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin demands must be met!

And here we go again:

Manchin said that with just a few concessions, it would have been possible to get some Republicans on the COVID relief package that passed the Senate this weekend on a party-line vote. And he said he’ll block Biden’s next big package — $2 trillion to $4 trillion for climate and infrastructure — if Republicans aren’t included.

“I will punish everyone if the Republicans refuse to play.” – that makes no sense whatsoever.

  • “I’m not going to do it through reconciliation,” which requires only a simple majority, like the COVID stimulus, Manchin said. “I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start trying.”
  • Asked if he believes it’s possible to get 10 Republicans on the infrastructure package, which could yield the 60 votes needed under normal Senate rules, Manchin said: “I sure do.”

It’s absurd on the face of it. The Republicans are repurposing the Obama playbook: block everything and then moan that under the Democrats, nothing is done. 

Think about this:

Tiger Beat’s morning email thingie (emphasis theirs, of course):

N.Y. Mag’s Jonathan Chait was perhaps the most bullish about what Manchin’s latest filibuster musings might portend, tweeting during the Harry and Meghan special Sunday night: “This interview is mind-blowing! I’m referring, of course, to Joe Manchin’s interview about the filibuster.” The understated headline on his take: “Joe Manchin Says He Might Reform the Filibuster and Save American Democracy.” Wrote Chait: “Ironically, it is the misleading nature of pro-filibuster propaganda that has enabled Manchin to co-opt its themes. Filibuster advocates present the device as a requirement to allow ‘debate,’ likening it to a kind of free-speech right for senators. …

“In fact, the modern filibuster inhibits rather than enables debate. So Manchin can propound on the need to allow consideration of bills, and permit Republicans to speak on them extensively, because those are not the actual goals of filibuster supporters. The real purpose of the mechanism is to impose a 60-vote requirement (one that has already been eliminated for executive-branch appointments, fiscal policy, and judges).”

Kill the filibuster. Kill it dead. Draw and quarter it and scatter the racist remains of that antebellum relic to the four corners of the earth and salt the sanctified ground before burial in an unmarked grave. There probably should be garlic, too.

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7 Responses to ‘It’s Good To Be King’ – Sen. Joe Manchin

  1. osirisopto says:

    The stamens by manchin tell me one of two things.

    Manchin is lying, or manchin is stupid. Given he comes from a red state and is probably less D than Difi, my money is on lying.

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  2. Martin Pollard says:

    I’m all for killing the filibuster, but how do we get Manchin and Sinema on board? Because sure as water is wet and the sun rises in the east, no Seditionist is going to be on board with it (even though they’ll do it the very millisecond they’re in the majority again), and without those two DINOs, any attempt to nuke the filibuster is effectively dead in the water.

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  3. spotthedog says:

    I like the descriptive phrase “Asymmetric Polarization” mentioned above. Whenever I encounter statements such as “politics is so polarized these days” it strikes me as a variation of “both sides”, implying that each side has diverged from the center to its polar opposite equally and simultaneously, each side deserving equal blame for their equally extreme polarized positions, which is not true.

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  4. HarpoSnarx says:

    I’d rather see more Dem Senate seats picked up next year than wasting another minute on this Gooperesque version of Traitor Joe Liebermann. But is it a stretch to think the Dems could prevail over Team Evil in the off year election? Then: obviously; now: hard to say.

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  5. H-Bob says:

    “Manchin said that with just a few concessions, it would have been possible to get some Republicans on the COVID relief package.”

    First, let him talk to Max Baucus.
    Next time give him the chance to get Republicans on board — when they lead him on & then vote against the bill, maybe that will angry him up enough to kill the filibuster.

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