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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:58 PM

Mitch McConnell Is Crushing Joe Manchin's Bipartisan Fantasies

A mere two days after Joe Manchin expressed confidence that Republicans would work with Democrats on voting rights legislation and that meaningful compromise was still possible in this bitterly polarized Washington, Mitch McConnell shot down the West Virginia senator’s bipartisan dreams.

First, McConnell announced that he would not support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which Manchin and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski have urged lawmakers to reauthorize. Manchin in an op-ed Sunday wrote that he opposed the For the People Act, the Democrats’ best opportunity to expand voting rights and protect the franchise from GOP broadsides, because it did not have GOP support—but said that he backed reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act and that he was was “encouraged by the desire from both sides” to do so. But McConnell, setting the tone for the rest of his caucus, made clear that this bill wouldn’t have Republican support, either: “There’s no threat to the voting rights law,” McConnell told reporters. “I think it’s unnecessary.”


Manchin has been bested by McConnell before. In 2013, he expressed confidence in a gun control compromise he reached with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey—only for his moderate reforms to fall short of the 60-vote threshold in what then-President Barack Obama described as a “shameful day” in Washington. And just last month, Manchin seemed taken aback when McConnell and the Republicans defeated legislation to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill. But it’s baffling that he appeared surprised: Why would the party responsible for the riot want it to be subject to a robust and independent inquiry?

The same is true of the voting rights legislation Republicans are poised to block, despite Manchin’s insistence that he can deliver 10 GOP votes to reauthorize the John Lewis bill: The party actively trying to roll back voting rights is not going to do anything to help protect them. Manchin’s inability to see that has already weighed down Democrats’ efforts to govern—and it’s only going to get worse as they move on big-ticket priorities that McConnell has preemptively condemned as “extreme left-wing provisions.” “As you look toward what [Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer] has in mind for June,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday, “it’s pretty clear the era of bipartisanship is over.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/06/mitch-mcconnell-is-crushing-joe-manchins-bipartisan-fantasies

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:03 PM

1. I hope he does crush them.

Then maybe Manchin will wake up. I doubt it but I can hope.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:03 PM

2. Wonder if this'll get through Manchin's thick skull?

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:05 PM

3. Pay attention, Joe... Republicans stick together no matter how wrong they may be.

They don't have to deal with a prima-donna who always has to be head of the line every time.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:06 PM

4. WOW, that's shocking!!

Such an unexpected surprise!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:09 PM

5. I don't believe Manchin is so naive as to entertain bipartisan fantasies.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:10 PM

6. Is Manchin really that naive about GOP intentions?

Or is he gaslighting us all while secretly working with McTurtle?

I'm starting to think it's the latter.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:13 PM

7. Nonsense - Manchin is a tool with no such fantasies

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:29 PM

8. This decade's Susan Collins.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:27 PM

9. It's all part of Manchin's cock-and-bull fantasy

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:09 PM

10. Do You Think Manchin Will Get The Hint?....

It ain't gonna happen Joe.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 05:19 PM

11. Fine.. call his bluff

put the John Lewis bill up.. come on Manchin. Let's see those 10 republicans.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 05:35 PM

12. "It's Pretty Clear the Era of Bipartisanship Is Over."

Well, duh! You're the one who killed it, Moscow Mitch (R-Yertle the Turtle).

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 05:46 PM

13. Sen. Manchin displays an amazing tolerance for humiliation.

I always wonder when folks like him will reach their "Popeye" moment ( "That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!" ).

Regrettably in his case, it's looking like he's nowhere near it yet.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:18 PM

14. Manchin is being paid off for his recalcitrance.

It's the only thing that makes sense. It's not about the sacred principle of "bi-partisanship." As long as he keeps the Democratic president at bay the money stream flows. If he relents and joins his party's efforts, the money stops. He knows the money train stops when the GQP wins back the Senate, so he's striking while the iron is hot, and he still has power to block any piece of legislation his benefactors want to kill.

At some point enterprising reporters are going to follow the money and expose Manchin's duplicity. I'm not saying he's a bad person -- he has supported or been a co-sponsor of a lot of good legislation in the past. He's just on the wrong side of history in this case. All Biden and the other Democrats can do is keep trying to persuade him to change his mind, or failing that, to come up with a work-around. I wonder how much can be done with Executive Orders?

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 09:22 AM

15. Perhaps our Joe Manchin is one of a truly rare breed........

who still believe that when Senators from opposing camps call each other "My Friend" they actually mean it.

Faith in rumor abounds in those hollers and none dare call it so.

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