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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Shelley beats Manchin

Readers can be forgiven if they overlook West Virginia's second senator, Shelley Moore Capito, who in 2014 became the state's first woman elected to the Senate, as well as the first Republican in 56 years.

The Moore and Manchin families have a friendship that goes back 50 years when her father, Arch, as governor, appointed Manchin's uncle as director of the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Program.

A. James Manchin had a lot of fun with the job and actually accomplished something as he got people to remove 100,000 automobiles and many appliances from the hills. In the old days, you just threw things away by dumping them over the hill. His success helped him defeat the Republican incumbent secretary of state in the next election.

But ours is no longer a friendly time in politics.

Capito just shivved Joe Manchin after he shivved the state.

Shelley Moore Capito announced last week that as the most tenured Republican (ranking member) on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (a plum assignment) that she introduced the Simplify Timelines and Assure Regulatory Transparency act, which would streamline the federal  permitting process to build pipelines and such.

You know, the very thing Chuck Schumer promised Manchin in exchange for selling West Virginia out by voting for the Green New Deal. They don't call it that. They call it the Inflation Reduction Act. But it is a tree-hugger act that a state that is 75% forested (West Virginia) really does not need.

What we need are jobs and cheap energy.

Now Schumer cannot deliver the Democrat votes needed to fulfill his promise to Manchin. Oh well, they just will get Republicans to vote for the streamlining.

Wrong. By coming up with their own bill, Republicans are dictating the terms. 

Capito's bill quickly got 46 sponsors. In other words, the Republican Caucus picked her to lead the charge. Good choice. She's a team player.

She said, "Since our calls for action and offers to see legislative text from the permitting ‘deal’ remain unheeded, Republicans are introducing this legislation today to deliver solutions to the roadblocks, delays, and postponements of key infrastructure projects across the country.

"The START Act would provide regulatory certainty to states, expedite permitting and review processes, codify substantive environmental regulatory reforms, and expedite permitting of the critically important Mountain Valley Pipeline. Republicans are unified in working to deliver needed permitting reform, and this legislation is a blueprint for how we can help communities benefit from being able to finally get critical projects across the finish line." 

Well, this has Manchin in a tizzy.

He whined to Politico, "Something you’ve always wanted, and you get 80 percent of something, and you’re gonna let the perfect be the enemy of the good? It’s a shame that basically the politics is trumping policy that we’ve all wanted for the last 10 or 12 years."

Actually, it is terrific politics. Perfect. Republicans are not going to be patsies to the socialist party. Manchin is not a moderate. He's just a socialist in moderate clothing.

And having Capito as the lead sponsor of their bill sends a message. This literally is not her father's party. 

32 comments:

  1. Often the perfect is the enemy of the good when there's money involved.

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  2. I am good with anything that kneecaps Manchin. Today, I like Caputo.

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  3. They will kiss and make-up sooner rather than later. They have to since they are both important members of the uni-party.

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  4. Wonderful. Yet another legacy politician. These seats are not your family's property.

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    1. She was elected by the voters.

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    2. But she was financed and promoted by the uniparty. If you aren't part of the club they will do everything to stop you. See Palin, Sarah if you don't understand.

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    3. Maybe she is waking up ! These people have to wake up sometime and come to their senses. Everyone is a liar and when they can't live with themselves anymore they make the right decision!!

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    4. That’s the best comment I’ve read today!

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  5. So far, so good. Manchin deserves this and more. But let's see if it sticks because Republicans do manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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    1. We will see. I hope it sticks, but Republicans do run away from success too ofter.

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    2. Can't remember the last time Republicans stood together and saw a victory through to the finish line!

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  6. Forget what politicians SAY, watch what they DO, and remember N0 one who seeks power over others is to be trusted.

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  7. Yada, yada, yada... It's all Kabuki theater. I don't believe one word she's saying. This was worked out behind closed doors for some sound bites to show how the RINO/Uniparty establishment is looking out for the little people. What a crock.

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  8. Something you’ve always wanted, and you get 80 percent of something, and you’re gonna let the perfect be the enemy of the good?
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    so what is the perfect here? so what is the good here?

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  9. Don't know her, don't trust her. She is a politician. Oh it sounds good, but let's see what becomes of this in 3 months. Mannequinchin is an asshole and sellout. They can all eat a huge....Dick does not like these people. Don, hit that button!!!

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  10. gotta be tuff for manchin right now, taking fire from both sides. maybe the next time he ll think about his state and the nation before cutting backroom deals with the criminally insane.

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  11. This is how stupid the Republicans are so Democrat Joe manchin is going to get his way after all he's not going to pay a price with the West Virginia voters for screwing them if the Republicans played the game like Democrats they would make Joe Mansion go back to West Virginia and explain why there's no deal. Don't give him a republican deal to crow about back home!
    Make him a pariah and turn that seat into a Republican senator

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  12. Shelley Moore is a Mitch McConnell rhino they're only doing this because the Deep State wants this to go through and Schumer has lost Progressive Democrat Senator votes so they need an excuse to make Republicans put this through as they're nothing but controlled opposition

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  13. IDGAF about political posturing.. just do what's right!

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  14. I don't trust the republicans either. Blunt, Murkowski, Romney etc. are all snakes. And Mitch will find a way to help his friend Chucky out of this jam.

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  15. Manchin can't have it both ways. He says he's a Democrat but then pretends to be "reasonable and commonsense" in an effort to get what he wants from the Dems by threatening to not vote party line. Now he feels shafted because people called his bluff. For once and for all, Manchin is not a "leans right" Democrat, he's a freaking corrupt Democrat willing to screw either side to get what he wants. He isn't a socialist Democrat like most of his peers so that makes him seem "almost normal". He's a Democrat, and therefore corrupt.

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  16. Repeal the 17th Amendment.

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  17. I like the Capito move. The Republicans need to do something or Trump will start a new and powerful party amd leave them in the ditch. Great little observation here Don!

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