Always Upsetting Everything

Why does Joe Manchin the conservative West Virginia Democrat still believe that bipartisanship cooperation is possible?  Is he living in some idealistic world where Trump was never the president and Republicans were not totally into conspiracy theories?  He always seems to be voting against something that the rest of his party supports and with the Senate being equally split between the two parties, he is needed as the 50th vote.  Without Manchin, Democrats don’t have a working majority and even with Manchin on their side, they still need Vice President Kamala Harris to break any tie votes.  In this increasingly polarized Senate, where every issue seems to be split down the middle, he needs to take the blame for nothing ever getting done.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

11 thoughts on “Always Upsetting Everything

  1. He’s a jerk. We have seen that trying to be “reasonable” and “accommodate” the Republican politicians is a LOSING strategy. All they do is grab more and more, in hopes of increasing their appeal to the wackos on the far right, so we have to adjust OUR behavior accordingly!

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  2. If bipartisanship is no longer possible then we should probably start stockpiling our supplies. I believe the last time that happened was in the early 1860s.

    I do remember a time when there were very liberal Republicans and very conservative Democrats. Bipartisanship was a thing. Today everyone marches in lockstep with their party leadership for fear of being defunded in the next election. The loss of bipartisanship is what created this mess, a take-no-prisoners hatefest on both sides of the aisle.

    Liz Cheney and Joe Mansion are as close to heroes as we have in Congress. It takes real courage to swim against the political current.

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    1. I think we are better off with Joe Manchin being the Senator from West Virginia rather than a Republican and that Liz Cheney has a lot of courage to stick up with the truth instead of bending to the Big Lie.

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  3. The Koch brothers (or at least Charles, the surviving brother) are big financial contributors to Manchin. He is a Democrat in name only, but if the Dems put too much pressure on him, he could switch parties, which would give the Republicans a majority in the Senate and return Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. And that would be very bad.

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