I have an embarrassing confession to make: I once kind of respected Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Don’t get me wrong, I always knew he was a flaky Democrat, and while it was fun to entertain him by switching parties and causing a meltdown on the left, those hopes were always inflated. Still, his stance over the past year against a reconciliation bill filled with green scams was commendable. Even in the face of intense pressure, including personal harassment and threats, Manchin stood firm – until he didn’t.
In a sudden turnaround, Manchin stabbed the Republicans in the back. Despite assurances that if the GOP voted for the CHIPS Act that the West Virginia senator would not support another eye-popping spending bill, Manchin came off the top rope to announce that he and Schumer had reached an agreement. What was in it? $400 billion in wasteful spending on “climate change” initiatives. It also includes corporate tax hikes that will exacerbate inflation.
For days, players in the political sphere racked their brains trying to figure out what made Manchin change his mind. A new Washington Post report gives us the answer, and in short, he’s a pathetic coward.
—Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 30, 2022
Here’s the money from the Post article.
“There are people in our party who say all kinds of terrible things about you, who believe that you have chained us for a year and that you are never going to come to an agreement because of your condition or because of your conflicts of interest. a source recalled, telling Coons. The comment appeared to reference long-standing concerns about Manchin’s ties to the coal industry.
Coons then told Manchin, “I can think of no better way for you to prove them all wrong than to sign a bold climate deal. Prove every reviewer wrong.
Manchin thought for a second, the source said., then replied, “That would be like hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth, wouldn’t it?”
You can’t do anything but shake your head at this snippet. Senator Chris Coons actually went to Manchin citing his “conflicts of interest” with the coal industry, something you would think would be insulting. Coons then basically told him that if he changed his mind about reconciliation, the very people who treated him like absolute garbage last year will love him. And Manchin, instead of preserving some of his own dignity, decided to just accept that. It was enough to change his mind to play with his ego for a few hours on a plane to Europe.
I wonder how Manchin feels about having his beta-esque reasoning to reverse out in the open now? Honestly, I don’t care. He deserves the contempt he has received and will continue to receive. Moreover, I sincerely hope that the extreme left will continue to pursue it. Unlike in the past, he won’t have Republicans on his side to defend him. It’s time to let Manchin suffer the consequences of his actions by enjoying his new friends.
Back to my first confession. I want to apologize for ever believing that Manchin could be considered anything other than the weasel he always was. I should have been better informed. I thought it was safe to take his word for it after he bombed “Build Back Better,” but that obviously wasn’t the case. Now it’s up to West Virginians to end this guy’s career. Enough is enough. He’s not moderated and he’s not your friend. He is just another Washington apparatchik operating as a pawn for the Democratic Party.