All eyes turn towards Joe Manchin as he demands that Democrats capitulate to him or nothing passes the Senate.
The For The People Act advanced out of committee—kinda:
Washington — The Senate on Tuesday advanced S. 1, the For the People Act, setting up a floor vote for the controversial bill. Senators clashed over voting rights and election procedures for hours in a contentious committee meeting to consider amendments for the massive bill…
All nine Republicans voted against the bill, even though some amendments proposed by GOP senators had been adopted.
So, got that, Joe Manchin? The GQP offered amendments to the bill, the amendments were adopted and then en mass all the GQPers voted against the bill that they had just amended.
Chuck Schumer can still bring it to the Senate floor (via some arcane Senate Rule, no doubt), but unless Joe Manchin realizes that the Coup Klux Klan are not negotiating in good faith, this bill will not pass. And then we’re totally eff’ed in the dark.
We’ve been saying since the Rise of the Tools that Manchin needs to show us his 10 GQP friends that will make a bill bipartisan. They don’t exist. Put up or shut-up, Joe.
Important note: if you want to take power away from Joe Manchin, elect more Democrats to the Senate, and that will effectively neuter him. Then —and only then!— get rid of him. If you campaign against Manchin now, you are handing the gavel to amply be-chinned Moscow Mitch. So: solid senate majority first, then primary the eff out of him. The sequence is important.