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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:18 PM

The Rude Pundit: The Sinking of the Bipartisanship Manchin


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The Sinking of the Bipartisanship Manchin


It's a pretty great joke that Senator Joe Manchin, putative Democrat, has pulled on the country and, especially, on the people of his state, West Virginia. It's honestly irrelevant at this point whether Manchin actually believes the shit he's shoveling about the need "to seek bipartisan compromise no matter how difficult and to develop the political bonds that end divisions and help unite the country we love," as he wrote in his laughably dumb opinion piece for the Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper (motto: "We're trying so damn hard to save you idiots, but you keep voting for the people who poison our goddamn water and keep you hooked on opioids. Did you even read our reporting? Fuck.".

But what matters is that he has created a lovely myth about Democrats and Republicans working together that makes absolutely no sense on a basic logical level. That's the joke. All over the country, Republicans, without the votes of Democrats, are making it harder, sometimes ludicrously so, for Democrats to vote, especially non-white Democrats. They are doing that to assure Republican (and, let's be honest, white) control of not just the states, but of the federal government, especially the presidency. Manchin says that he opposes the For the People Act, which, while not the greatest piece of legislation, would restore some semblance of sanity to the nation's voting laws, despite cosponsoring it in 2019. And he says that it's because Republicans oppose it that he can't support it. You got that?

However, and continue to follow this shitstream of consciousness here, but he will support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (which essentially unfucks what John Roberts' Supreme Court fucked by ripping the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act) because one Republican, Lisa Murkowski, supports it, and that he thinks he can get more Republicans on board, which, of course, he hasn't and he won't, at least not 10 of those depraved fucks. And why would they vote for it? They benefit from the extravagantly fucked new laws being masturbated into full release by the nutzoid state legislatures. It's like telling the Nazis in 1941, "Hey, we won't defend our allies if you don't say it's cool to do so." It's fucking embarrassingly laughable.

But Manchin doesn't give a fuck. He's reached that lazy point in his late career where he's had his lips pressed to corporate asses for so long that he can't breathe without Wall Street farts in his face. The man is rich, and his chances of getting reelected again are spiraling into the Trumpian paradise that West Virginia is. There's no sense in acting like he can somehow make Republicans give up their complete intransigence, which they've had since Barack Obama was elected. So it's just what he fucking knows. And it sure smells kind of racist.

It's so goddamned frustrating because we can sit here and say, "Well, why can't leadership lean on him? Why can't he be stripped of committee assignments? Why are Democrats so feckless?" And the answer is that we fucking need Manchin, galling as that is, because without him, Republicans control the Senate, and that way lies madness. I could go a long fucking time without hearing Lindsey Graham squawking about how unfair it is to help poor people and migrants or holding Hunter Biden/Burisma hearings from now until 2024 as the chair of a committee, like it's Benghazi times Monica Lewinsky levels of outrage.

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Reply The Rude Pundit: The Sinking of the Bipartisanship Manchin (Original post)
babylonsister Jun 2021 OP
budkin Jun 2021 #1
Nevilledog Jun 2021 #2
Me. Jun 2021 #3
TheRickles Jun 2021 #4
monkeyman1 Jun 2021 #5
monkeyman1 Jun 2021 #6
moondust Jun 2021 #7
ladym55 Jun 2021 #8
dameatball Jun 2021 #9
dalton99a Jun 2021 #10
BobTheSubgenius Jun 2021 #11
Blue Owl Jun 2021 #12

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:22 PM

1. Excellent article

Pulls no punches. I like it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:26 PM

2. I 💗 him

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:11 PM

3. Every Time I See His Name

I also think about his daughter raising the price of epi pens to a level most people who needed them couldn't afford. THank heavens it has gone generic now or so I believe.

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Response to Me. (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:28 PM

4. And there's one other family member working the system.

This article from WaPo is from 2016:
"The House committee almost certainly will ask Bresch about a story published Tuesday by USA Today, which raised questions about the role her mother, Gayle Manchin, played in helping to boost sales at Mylan when she served as head of the National Association of State Boards of Education. The story said Manchin "spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.""

Looks like Mrs. Manchin (Joe's wife) is also abusing her power.

From the WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/21/what-to-expect-when-congress-takes-on-epipen-maker-mylan/

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:49 PM

5. Machin (aka) republican mole, kock brother's mouth piece & moscow mitch stooge !!

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Response to monkeyman1 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:54 PM

6. ooop's - my bad !! misspelled koch for kock !!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:18 PM

7. He can't see the forest for the trees.

He's too close to too many Republicans in the Senate to judge them objectively and see the bigger picture.

That's the most generous interpretation I have for him. Of course it may be worse than that if there's a Koch Brothers or other corrupt connection.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:21 PM

8. Rude and Charlie Pierce nail it

Joe Manchin is a totally owned corporate subsidiary. He is Mr. Dark Money. That should be the headline everywhere. I'm tired of looking at his dishonest face and tired of all the M$M breathless coverage of his "bipartisanship."

Thing is that his constituents WANT what he refuses to vote for --- by a large margin. And ol' Joe figures he'll be fine even as the entire national government system collapses into a kleptocracy.

We REALLY needed to get more Senate seats in 2020 so we weren't relying on this bozo and his good pal, Kyrsten Sinema.

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Response to ladym55 (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:46 PM

9. Yep. For a while I wondered about his end game. Maybe it's just not that complicated.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:02 PM

10. Kick

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:43 PM

11. Have I mentioned lately that I really, REALLY enjoy TRP's writing?

Well, I do. Both parts of his name are appropriate. He is a Pundit in the best sense of the word, and the Rude part is not gratuitous...or, at least, not overly so. More Punditry!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:47 AM

12. K&R

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