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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Manchin ready to auction off the filibuster

Ten days ago, Joe Manchin stood up for the filibuster. He wrote an op-ed in the local paper that drew national attention. He was a profile in courage, which is a senator who is willing to stand up to his party's bosses. I even called him that.

But that was then. This is now.

Instead of supporting the filibuster, Manchin now is saying let's make a deal. While they called Byrd the lion of the Senate, Manchin is the Wayne Brady (or if you prefer, Monty Hall) of the Senate.

Manchin did a Zoom call with donors and officials with No Labels, the group that seeks to work out deals between Democrats and Republicans.

The Intercept, a lefty site that opposes compromise, reported, "Manchin urged big-money donors with No Labels to talk to Sen. Roy Blunt about flipping his vote on the commission in order to save the filibuster."

60 votes to end a filibuster?

He's willing to drop that to 55.

In his own words, Manchin said, "I looked back . . . when it went from 67 votes to 60 votes, and also what was happening, what made them think that it needed to change. So I’m open to looking at it, I’m just not open to getting rid of the filibuster, that’s all."

Manchin also said, "Right now, 60 is where I planted my flag, but as long as they know that I’m going to protect this filibuster, we’re looking at good solutions.

"I think, basically, it should be [that] 41 people have to force the issue versus the 60 that we need in the affirmative. So find 41 in the negative. . . . I think one little change that could be made right now is basically anyone who wants to filibuster ought to be required to go to the floor and basically state your objection and why you’re filibustering and also state what you think needs to change that’d fix it, so you would support it. To me, that’s pretty constructive."

Why stop at 55?

Six days ago, Salena Zito wrote, "Joe Manchin's West Virginia values: 'No' means 'no.'"

When she said Manchin was a man of his words, that's true; except when Manchin makes a promise, he leaves out a few words.

For example, when he said he would vote to repeal Obamacare, he left out the part where he would vote to repeal only if his vote did not matter. This is why Manchin failed to cross party lines and vote to repeal when McCain reneged on his word and voted against a repeal in 2017.

Democrats are desperate. They barely hold the House and only control the Senate with the support of the vice president. Their majority is an illusion. Technically there are 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats in the Senate, with independents Angus King and Bernie Sanders voting with the Democrats.

The desperation stems from the realization that Republicans likely will regain the House or the Senate (or both) in next year's midterm election.

Democrats are frustrated because Obama frittered away their best opportunity in 2009 and 2010 when they controlled the House and the White House, and had a filibuster-proof Senate. 

But Democrats took no action on climate change, immigration, or reparations. Democrats even ignored gay marriage.

They realize now that the only way they can get what they want is to bulldoze the filibuster. Now Manchin is willing to drive that bulldozer.

35 comments:

  1. Its to keep the pressure off. Voting yes means he is ending his term in the Senate, and doing so just so Mitch can reinstate it in 18 months.

    Not worth the loss of money it would cost him and his daughter - because trust me, Mitch knows how money flows, and he would have to stop the flow to Manchin's daughter to keep his majority leader spot, as Trump will pretty much be able to force Mitch to act on this issue.

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    1. Opposite parties, Jeffery.

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    2. If the democrats end the filibuster to enact their communist policies mcconnel should only re-establish the filibuster after dismantling everthing the democrats EVER did, sending the illegals home and enacting all of President Trump's initiatives.
      Make them pay for their short sightedness like he did with judicial nominations extending it to SCOTUS.

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    3. Still seeing Jeffrey under every rock, Ed?

      SMH.

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    4. The thing I hate about politics is politics.

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  2. I should note - reinstate the filibuster right after he kills multiple government agencies and reverses every single bill passed by the Senate in these two years.

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  3. Rule of thumb: Never trust a Democrat.

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    1. Don't trust republicans either. We got hosed by Ryan, hosed by Collins, hosed by Mittens, hosed by cocaine Mitch. Need I go on?

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    2. It is the rare donk who breaks party ranks. It is the rare republican who holds the line with his constituents.

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    3. Your email reply to me calling Manchin the Monty Hall was hilarious. I didn't know it was that spot on. You nailed it, Don.

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    4. JeremyR, as I keep saying, the GOP is the "GO Along to GET Along with the Dems" Party.

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    5. Or a supposedly "conservative" SCOTUS Justice...

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  4. "Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."

    — Plato

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    1. So did I.

      It's all about his price. Every Dim has one.

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  7. All I can say is, "I told you so."

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  8. "Someone once said that politics is the second-oldest profession. I'm beginning to think it bears resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan

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  9. thought Kennedy was the lion of the Senate ...

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  10. Go ahead, eliminate the filibuster. They will deeply regret it later when the shoe is on the other foot.

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  11. These pathetic whore$ better hurry. The audits may well change balance of power.

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    1. If only... yes, it SHOULD happen... but the SCOTUS is now riddled with corruption and TREASON...

      So... little hope...

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  12. Joe has always been a spineless worm... but we are seeing a coalition forming of conservative states... FL, UT, ID, possibly AZ... supporting TX... add in the other Red southeast and Midwest states and we might have a breakaway Republic...

    The Marxist Dems are pushing this to the brink of Civil WAR.

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    1. the people may want that but pols wont break their rice bowls, pun intended!

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  13. The dems killed the filibuster for judges and it came back to haunt them when Republicans took back the Senate. The recount snowball is coming. There are reports that there are whole BOXES of blank ballots in AZ. It's not official, but there are so many irregularities it's very likely the recount will show that Mark Kelly didn't win his Senate seat. Then there is 2 seats in GA, and 1 in MI. That recounts will likely prove that stole.among how many more? Or is likely this year we could get back to a 55 Republican seat majority!

    They have stated it won't flip the presidency. Didn't see them say the Senate! Courts have replaced a started Congress person or senator when proven they didn't win..

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  14. 60 votes means it is a good idea, 55 means it is almost a good idea. That is if Congress every has a good idea.

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  15. Geez Don. Do you still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?

    Good Grief. He's a DEMOCRAT. There's no way he was going to go against his party. They were just haggling over the price. (you know the old joke; "we know what you are we're just haggling over price now"?)

    Yeah. You actually believed he was some sort of paragon and honorable and all that sort of stuff?

    Don. I'm amazed at you. Retirement has made your instincts rusty.

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    1. Ummmm...Don departed only briefly from his longtime and firm skepticism about Manchin in his column.

      He dared to hope, as generous hearts often do, that severe circumstances might have forced Manchin to actually stand on his words. They were strong words.

      I also dared fo hope. It appears that Manchin never takes a public stand without a hidden Clinton-style escape hatch.

      Don’s daring to hope doesn’t erase decades of discernment which is well established.

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    2. Ummmm...Don departed only briefly from his longtime and firm skepticism about Manchin in his column.

      He dared to hope, as generous hearts often do, that severe circumstances might have forced Manchin to actually stand on his words. They were strong words.

      I also dared fo hope. It appears that Manchin never takes a public stand without a hidden Clinton-style escape hatch.

      Don’s daring to hope doesn’t erase decades of discernment which is well established.

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    3. Ummmm...Don departed only briefly from his longtime and firm skepticism about Manchin in his column.

      He dared to hope, as generous hearts often do, that severe circumstances might have forced Manchin to actually stand on his words. They were strong words.

      I also dared fo hope. It appears that Manchin never takes a public stand without a hidden Clinton-style escape hatch.

      Don’s daring to hope doesn’t erase decades of discernment which is well established.

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  18. It's hard to blame manchin, a repub woulda folded long before this. But he's a blue devil in a red state, I'd hope they wouldn't forget. I live in WV now, the commercials about hb1 they play endlessly are actually quite good, if you haven't figured out the demo☭rats are satans little elves you could easily be swayed.

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