Senate Republicans furious with Democrats Joe Manchin and chuck schumer announced a partisan tax and spending deal Wednesday night, just hours after the GOP provided the votes for a giant semiconductor subsidy bill. The Republicans got played, okay, but the fault is theirs.
Mr. Manchin is a Democratic politician who likes to spend and has no particular problem with higher taxes. He is also a negotiator to the core. Republicans believed that by backing giant infrastructure bills and computer chips, West Virginia could stop a partisan spending bill. GOP senators now look like tourists who paid LaGuardia $300 for a taxi to their Manhattan hotel.