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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 06:59 AM

Opinion: Joe Manchin retreats to fantasyland and sticks America with the consequences

Opinion: Joe Manchin retreats to fantasyland and sticks America with the consequences

Opinion by Eugene Robinson
June 7, 2021 at 3:41 p.m. EDT

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) has the right to live in a make-believe wonderland if he so chooses. But his party and his nation will pay a terrible price for his hallucinations about the nature of today’s Republican Party. And even this sacrifice might not guarantee that Manchin can hold on to support back home.

Manchin’s declaration Sunday that he will vote against sweeping legislation to guarantee voting rights nationwide and that he “will not vote to weaken or eliminate” the Senate filibuster is a huge blow to President Biden’s hopes of enacting his ambitious agenda. There’s no way to spin this as anything other than awful.

Manchin’s decision is a catastrophe not just for this particular bill, though he has almost certainly doomed the legislation. A senior administration official told me Monday that “none of this is a surprise to those who have heard Manchin’s views” and that the White House will continue working to “make progress notwithstanding the difficult challenges in front of us, including a 50-vote Senate.” But thanks to Manchin’s decision, Biden doesn’t even have a 50-vote Senate for what many Democrats see as an existential fight against the GOP’s attempt to gain and keep power through voter suppression. The 49 Senate votes left after Manchin’s defection will take Biden and the Democrats precisely nowhere.


Opinion by Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In a three-decade career at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. Twitter https://twitter.com/Eugene_Robinson

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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 09:13 AM

1. Rev. Barber is leading a protest in WV this coming Monday, June 14

Manchin must be pressured to change his mind, or his life must become a living hell. Quislings who enable the resurrection of Jim Crow 2.0, and the dismantling of democracy, should not get to live comfortable lives.

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