Democrats were downright giddy after getting a pseudo-majority in the Senate.
But there was just one problem: the whole concept of democracy.
In order for Democrats to have their way, they need to eliminate the filibuster. This rule long gave the minority party a voice in the Senate.
Democrats want it gone, so they can rule with an iron fist. Only one Democrat appears to be standing in their way.
So, they are trying to get him to flip.
Some Democrats believe that by making this about Manchin’s legacy — Does he want to stand in the way of major voting-rights legislation? — they can overcome his entrenched opposition.
Manchin would be more powerful if Democrats got rid of the filibuster. You’d need 50 votes — he would get to decide everything. With 60, the current threshold for most legislation, he’s less powerful.
Joe Manchin has strongly opposed the elimination of the filibuster. In one episode, he even got forceful with a reporter who asked him about it.
But in recent days, he appears to be weakening. Even as he says he wants the filibuster, he wants it to be “harder,” perhaps suggesting he doesn’t really want it to be used.
Now reports suggest Democrats are trying to threaten and bribe Manchin into cracking.
It seems they are claiming standing up for the minority party would hurt his “legacy.” As if supporting a radical, economy-destroying agenda would be a great legacy.
Reports also suggest that Democrats are trying to tempt Manchin, claiming that without the filibuster, he’d be more “powerful.”
If that isn’t a modern-day Snake in the Garden lie, I don’t know what is. Manchin should be smart enough to know that—if Democrats get him to cave in this case—they’ll get him to cave every other time.
What “power” would he wield if he just does whatever Schumer wants? That’s the goal, after all. Without the filibuster, it is expected that all Democrats vote in line with crazy old Chuck’s agenda.
Considering Manchin comes from deeply red, Trump-support West Virginia, it’s a miracle he still has his job in the first place. If he embraces the toxic policies of the radical left, he can kiss re-election goodbye.
But his track record isn’t great. During Trump’s time in office, he almost always voted with his party.
Will he do that once again?
- Democrats are trying to force Manchin to flip on the filibuster.
- They are threatening him and tempting him with empty promises.
- Manchin has vowed to uphold the filibuster—despite wavering on the methods.