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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Manchin is a Munchkin



A reader shared Joe Manchin's reply to the question of why he voted to impeach President Donald John Trump, which would have overturned the 2016 election. Donald Trump carried West Virginia by the widest margin in the state's history of presidential elections.

Manchin's reply reminded me why people hate Congress. His letter is full of the usual goo that one might expect from a partisan senator who wants to tapdance around the fact that he flipped the bird to the voters back home.

He wrote, "At the beginning of this trial, my colleagues and I took another oath swearing to do impartial justice, and I took that oath very seriously throughout the entire process. The Constitution charges the Senate with the task to serve as a 'court for the trial of impeachment.' The Framers of the Constitution chose the Senate for this grave task because, according to Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 65, they expected Senators to be able to 'preserve, unawed and uninfluenced the necessary impartiality' to discharge this awesome responsibility fairly, without flinching.

"The Framers knew this would not be easy, and that is why they gave the job to the Senate.

"Over the course of the trial, I listened carefully to both the House Managers and the White House Counsel make their case for and against the Articles of Impeachment. I commend both sides for their work in defending their respective positions. I am disappointed the President, his counsel, and a majority of my Republican colleagues decided to not support the inclusion of additional witnesses and documents during the trial. This was the first impeachment trial before the Senate without witnesses, and as such, the Senate failed to meet its Constitutional obligation set forth by the Framers to hold a fair trial and do impartial justice."

If you buy that, I have some Epipens that may interest you.

His claim that this is apolitical of course is untrue. The three presidential impeachments have been partisan affairs with Democrats voting in lock step to acquit the two Democrat presidents, while all voting in lockstep to convict the Republican one.

Only Republicans split their votes as enough voted to acquit to save both Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, while Romney cast a vote to overturn the 2016 election.

Once again, bipartisan means getting one or more Republicans to side with Democrats.

I expect Manchin to be a sleaze-bag politician more interested in power and prestige than the concerns and interests of West Virginians.

What ticked me off was his presumption of guilt.

Manchin wrote, "The President asked a foreign government to intervene in our upcoming election and to harm a domestic political rival. He delayed much-needed security aid for Ukraine to pressure newly elected President Zelensky to do a favor. And he defied lawful subpoenas from the House of Representatives."

The House never voted to subpoena the president or anyone else.

I read the transcript. There was no Quid Pro Quo. You would think that after more than 3 decades in politics that Manchin, of all people, would know what a Quid Pro Quo is.

Manchin does not represent West Virginia. He represents the Lollipop Guild. And he plays West Virginians for suckers.

14 comments:

  1. 'His claim that this is apolitical of course is untrue. The three presidential impeachments have been partisan affairs with Democrats voting in lock step to acquit the two Democrat presidents, while all voting in lockstep to convict the Republican one.'

    Don, you are incorrect on the Andrew Johnson Impeachment trial vote. The nine Democratic Senators all voted to acquit, the Republicans split 35-10 to convict.

    TarsTarkas

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    1. Good catch TarsTarkas.
      Sadly, Manchin is Senator for life so he could not possibly care less about anyone's opinion but his own.

      JerseyJim

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    2. Andrew Johnson was a Democrat. Lincoln picked him as VP on a "national unity" ticket during the time of insurrection. Don was right.
      -TK

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    3. The 'Republican Party' Ticket in 1864 was the 'Union Party'. It reverted back to Republican after the war. I don't know whether Johnson ever changed his party affiliation to Republican or remained Democratic. Call it quibbling on my part.

      TarsTarkas

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  2. My wife said she saw a commercial around September 2018 where Bob Huggins and some other WV sports notables endorsed Status Quo Joe instead of Morissey. Shame on you, Coach. And lose some weight, too. You’ve had one heart attack already, for heaven’s sake.

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  3. The only reason he voted to convict is because Romney gave him the cover to do it. If not for Romney, other Democrat senators would have either voted to acquit or abstain as well.

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    1. This is correct. Romney knew what he was doing was not as futile as it seemed. He in fact gave aid and comfort to the enemy, his personal repayment for the humiliation suffered when Trump denied him a cabinet position. This followed a well publicized dinner in NYC, an event widely reported,true or not, as R seeking favor on bended knee.
      Trump can be blunt crude and tough but he is not vindictive. He does not expend energy to do any (real) harm to his political or even personal enemies. This cannot be said of Romney, nor certainly his new friends in the Gutter Party and its dumpster media. Home at last.

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    2. I know I'm in the minority, but I think we should be thanking Romney for his vote to convict. It changed nothing, but it made it impossible for Manchin, Jones (ala.) and other so-called "moderate" democrats to cross-over and vote with the President. Now they are stuck on Schumer and Pelosi. They can't claim to be 'reasonable' or 'centerist' now. So thanks, Mitt, for taking one for the team.

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  4. The amazing thing is that Trump carried WVa by huge numbers. Then, they turn around and re-elect Manchin. After that, one wonders about the rumors of single branch family trees in that state.

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  5. Maybe when Joe acquires the $$$ to swap out his houseboat for an ocean-going yacht he will retire from politics to be the Scourge of the Seven Seas. There is nothing left in West Virginia for him. - Elric

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  6. What ticks me off is first Manchin voted to cancel the 2016 election. Then he turned around and said he could endorse Trump in 2020 (if Trump would just straighten up and fly right).

    Laura
    I don't like two-faced jackasses (or elephants--i.e., Romney).

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/13/joe-manchin-trump-reelection-impeachment-114679

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  7. There were no lawful subpoenas related to impeachment. Without a full house vote, they issued "Letter of Subpoena(s)" with no penalty under law, only a threatened presumption of guilt for non-compliance.

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  8. "...I took that oath very seriously throughout the entire process." >>> Are we to presume there are other duties as a U.S. Senator that he doesn't take seriously?. Whadda stiff!...Oh, Say hi to his 'Hunter-ess Biden' daughter the CEO of the insulin pen company, for the same reason Hunter got his board member job...pfffft!! ZBest (a real MBA holder) to her fake claim to be one, back in '07.

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