Question: Is West Virginia Democratic senator Joe Manchin naive or just seriously stupid?
Manchin has this idealistic vision of ending partisanship and is trying to build a consensus between Democrats and Republicans. Since the Senate is evenly divided 50-50 between both parties, Manchin can solely block any Democratic legislation. With a 50-50 vote, the vice-president can be the tie-breaker. There is a filibuster rule that generally means nothing in the Senate is going to pass unless it gets 60 votes. I think that would be great if one side didn’t consist solely of lunatics and maniacs.
The problem with the filibuster is that it prevents a lot of good stuff from passing because the other side, Republicans, are a bunch of hateful tribalists. GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell explicitly stated during the Obama era that his sole purpose was to make Obama a one-term president (he failed). Now, he says the same thing about President Biden. Joe Manchin wants to exercise good faith with people who don’t have any. It’s like the honor policy on face masks with people who don’t have honor.
Manchin wants to trust people like Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, Josh Hawley, Tommy Tuberville, Rand Paul, Marsha Blackburn, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, and Ted Cruz, who may be the Zodiac Killer.
Now, with Manchin’s stubborness, an infrastructure bill won’t pass. Even more important, legislation to protect voting rights for minorities won’t pass. Joe Manchin is allowing racists to destroy our democracy because he’s trying to build a consensus with racists.
You can’t trust Republicans in negotiations. Manchin is saving the filibuster to protect Republicans…who totally abused the filibuster…and got rid of it when they wanted to shove legislation down our throats.
Donald Trump praised Joe Manchin for saving the filibuster…even though he encouraged McConnell to get rid of it. And guess what…McConnell did.
Here’s another question: What do Trump cabinet members Rex Tillerson, Steve Mnuchin, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Mike Pompeo, and William Barr have in common? The answer is: None of them received 60 votes for their jobs. But they were all confirmed anyway.
Here’s another question: Which of Trump’s Supreme Court nominees received at least 60 votes in their confirmation to lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land? Warning: It’s a trick question.
The answer is: Zero. Neil Gorsuch got 54, Brett Kavanaugh got exactly 50, and Amy Coney Barrett got 52. You would think there would be a strong consensus that someone receiving a lifetime appointment, that’ll sit on the Supreme Court for the next 30 years, is the right person for the job. Instead, we have three people on the court who barely got enough votes. And Republicans stole two of these seats. You want to negotiate in good faith with those people? With a 60-vote requirement for those lifetime appointments, we could have prevented a possible rapist and a definite cultist from serving on the Supreme Fucking Court.
By the way, President Obama’s nominees to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, both received OVER 60 votes. His final nominee, Merrick Garland, never got a vote because…wait for it but you already know what’s coming…Mitch McConnell (who Manchin wants to work with in good faith) blocked the vote.
You can NOT trust Republicans except to always do the wrong thing and screw you over. And you can’t trust Joe Manchin.
Mr. Save-The-Filibuster voted for Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Manchin voted to give Gorsuch a lifetime appointment despite knowing he wouldn’t receive 60 votes and despite the seat being stolen from President Obama. He voted for Kavanaugh after hearing very credible accusations of attempted rape. Where was Manchin’s precious principles with that one?
Mitch McConnell, the guy who stole Supreme Court seats and eagerly passed Trump bills into laws without 60 votes said, “Senator Manchin almost single-handedly is preserving the Senate as we have always known it, which is a body that requires a supermajority to do most things.” By the way, that tax cut Trump gave to himself and other billionaire assholes passed with 51 votes. Where was the supermajority for that, Mitch?
Another question: How democratic is it when a majority of Americans vote AGAINST Republican Senate candidates, yet we have justices that were only approved by Republicans? Answer: I don’t fucking have one.
You can’t trust these people. And, you can’t trust people who are praised by the people you can’t trust.
After Manchin declared in an op-ed that he would be voting against the House bill to expand voting rights and eliminating the filibuster, Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman from New York called him the “new Mitch McConnell.”
You can’t trust the Mitch McConnell…and you can’t trust the new one either.
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