Yes, Manchin knocked bunch a bunch of beers on his houseboat last night, woke up this morning and drove his Maserati to the tv studios, and opened his piehole. It’s more of the bad faith bullshit, and I don’t know how much of it he will walk back or if he even will, or he is just setting the stage for his colleagues and the WH to shit on him so he can peace out and join the Republicans or go Independent. I don’t know, and I don’t really care any more, the man is dead to me. But I am getting a little insulted by this bullshit:
“I’ve always said, ‘If I can’t go back home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’”
That is how Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) explained his announcement Sunday that he “cannot vote” for the hallmark of his party’s agenda, a transformational $2 trillion measure that would overhaul health care, education, climate initiatives, immigration and the tax code.
Look, if Joe is too fucking stupid or incompetent to explain what is in the bill to West Virginia Voters, let’s just have Sen. Sanders or someone else hold a series of televised townhalls explaining what is in it. Cable news would jump all over it for the drama, and it would give Dems an opportunity to directly tell the American people what is in it. Right now, the media has failed and is focusing on the horse race aspects, and the Republicans have been given a free pass.
I don’t know why this is so hard for Joe to explain. I’d think it would be pretty easy to explain extending the child tax credit, black lung benefits, lowering prescription drug prices, expanding medicare, providing home health care for the elderly, and so on to West Virginians. Especially considering that West Virginians are some of the poorest, sickest, and oldest Americans, as well as having a large community of miners with black lung.
Maybe Joe is just dumber than we all though, but this sorta seems like an easy sell to me.