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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:05 PM

 

A Democratic president is going to need to bully other Democrats [View all]



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“Damn right they will. You know why? We’re going to go to West Virginia,” Sanders responded, specifically singling out Manchin, who has been far chummier with Trump than he ever was with Barack Obama. “Your average politician sits around and he or she thinks, ‘Let’s see. If I do this, I’m going to have the big money interests putting 30-second ads against me. So I’d better not do it.’ But now they’re going to have to think, ‘If I don’t support an agenda that works for working people, I’m going to have President Sanders coming to my state and rallying working-class people.’”

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Even as he’s been allowed to essentially do whatever the hell he wants for the past ten years, however, Manchin has repeatedly spit in the face of the people who’ve coddled him, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Obama. No national Democrat has ever been able to wrangle Manchin into being a consistent vote for their agenda. No one’s ever really even tried; conventional wisdom in D.C. seems to hold that Manchin’s ideology or temperament is what’s keeping him in office, rather than the strength of his political machine, which helped elect billionaire coal boss Jim Justice as a Democratic governor the same year that the state went for Trump by 42 points. (Justice has since switched back to the GOP.)

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The Obama administration tried the nice way, even after Obama was given a broad mandate by voters in the 2008 election. The nice way spectacularly failed. The conservative wing of the Democratic Party killed some of Obama’s most ambitious plans on labor and the climate — Manchin infamously ran an ad in 2010 where he literally shot the cap and trade bill with a gun — and helped the GOP water down the things that actually passed, such as taking the public option out of Obamacare.

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But the biggest problems facing this country right now are not polarization, or incivility in Congress, or Democratic disunity. We have much bigger problems than that, such as that diabetics are dying from rationing insulin, that people are drowning in student debt, that the elimination of reproductive rights throughout the states continues to get worse, that California now appears to be perpetually both on fire and without electricity. And if the path to solving these many crises means ending the careers of some of the most craven people in Congress, then so be it.


https://theoutline.com/post/8170/bernie-sanders-joe-manchin-fall-in-line-fuckface?zd=1&zi=sa2m522o



That would be the "bully pulpit."
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Bernie Sanders

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