That ‘era of unity’ the Democrats promised is looking more like a political bloodsport. And even Democrats are getting uncomfortable with Pelosi and Schumer’s bare-knuckled brutality.
With only the narrowest of margins in the House, and a 50-50 split in the House, you might expect Democrats would remember that control of all three bodies is NOT to be mistaken for an overwhelming mandate of confidence. The Senate, in particular, would have NO majority at all if it were not for Kamala holding the tiebreaking vote.
All other things being equal, had the Presidential election results tipped the other way, Republicans would now hold control of both the White House AND the Senate. That’s how close it is.
Kristin Sinema, for one, seems to have some sense of that and is showing signs she might be willing to break from strict party lines.
But after the entirely partisan vote on the $1.9 Trillion COVID(?) bailout plan — a vote that was cynically taken while a Republican Senator was attending his father-in-law’s funeral — Joe Manchin drew a line in the sand.
Don’t misunderstand the point we’re making here. Manchin is still every inch a Democrat. We have no illusions that he will agree with us on the major issues. But there is ONE thing he is doing that absolutely does deserve our recognition:
Joe Manchin realizes his party does not have the kind of mandate that would justify the kind of over-reach Pelosi and Schumer have been flaunting, and he is insisting that American representatives from the WHOLE country get to have their voice heard, and not just heavily urbanized costal blue states.
Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, as the bill is called, attention is turning to the next major Democrat legislative thrust, an infrastructure bill estimated at between $2 trillion and $4 trillion.
Manchin said in his interview on Axios that he will oppose the infrastructure package if greater efforts are not made to include Republicans views.
“I’m not going to do it through reconciliation,” a process that would require only a simple majority, like the American Rescue Plan did, Manchin said. “I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start trying,” he added.
Echoing his earlier position on the issue of getting rid of the Senate filibuster, the regulation that makes most bills subject to a 60-vote supermajority to pass, Manchin had words of caution for his Democrat colleagues.
“I would say this to my friends. You’ve got power … Don’t abuse it,” he told Axios. “And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing if you throw the filibuster out.” — EpochTimes
Joe Manchin has the insight and understanding that one party isn’t in power forever, that the pendulum eventually swings the other way.
He probably understands that if Democrats push their will ruthlessly when THEY get power, it would set a precedent that they would really hate when the power goes back into Republican hands.
That’s the difference in the approaches of the Pelosi/Schumer blow through every guardrail, firewall, or check-and-balance in the Constitutional processes that would limit their attempts to consolidate power in favor of a de facto permanent one-party state as opposed to a more fair-minded Joe Manchin who is a little more traditionally old-school and looking to keep some degree of civility so that when his side again finds itself in the minority, they won’t be reduced to a role of mere observers in a democratic process that is more for show than for function.
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