The Senator from West Virginia dropped a bombshell on Democrats within the Senate who wish to use reconciliation to get across the limits of the filibuster with a 50-50 break up within the Senate. He wrote this tonight within the Washington Submit:
The filibuster is a essential device to defending that enter and our democratic type of authorities. That’s the reason I’ve stated it earlier than and can say it once more to take away any shred of doubt: There isn’t any circumstance by which I’ll vote to eradicate or weaken the filibuster. The time has come to finish these political video games, and to usher a brand new period of bipartisanship the place we discover widespread floor on the main coverage debates dealing with our nation.
And on reconciliation…
Sadly, our leaders within the Senate fail to understand what goes round comes round. We must always all be alarmed at how the price range reconciliation course of is being utilized by each events to stifle debate across the main points dealing with our nation in the present day. Legislating was by no means alleged to be straightforward. It’s onerous work to handle the wants of each rural and concrete communities in a single piece of laws, however it’s the work we have been elected to do.
I merely don’t consider price range reconciliation ought to substitute common order within the Senate. How is that good for the way forward for this nation? Senate Democrats should keep away from the temptation to desert our Republican colleagues on necessary nationwide points. Republicans, nevertheless, have a duty to cease saying no, and take part find actual compromise with Democrats.
He didn’t come proper out and say he’ll oppose using reconciliation to go laws to get round using the filibuster, however I believe that was his level. If he holds true on this precept and Republicans don’t budge, then you’ll be able to kiss goodbye any reconciliation efforts by Schumer to ram Biden’s agenda down our throats.
That is still to be seen after all, however you higher consider this op-ed is sending shockwaves via the Democratic celebration proper now. Reconciliation was their solely hope and it appears to be like like Manchin goes to torpedo it. And so they hate him for it.
Joe Manchin is a narcissist and an egomaniac. It is cliche and embarrassing. https://t.co/IkewJ4EZVY
— Fred (@WaywardWinifred) April 8, 2021
Joe Manchin has a alternative between the reforming the filibuster and the brand new Jim Crow. He’s selecting Jim Crow.
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) April 8, 2021
Joe Manchin is a nationwide shame.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 8, 2021
Joe Manchin within the Washington Submit:
“I’ll vote to uphold the filibuster—a Jim Crow period device utilized by racists to guard white supremacy.” https://t.co/xISboT71Bp
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) April 8, 2021
Keep in mind, Democrats are already sending Al Sharpton to West Virginia to proclaim time and again that Joe Manchin is a racist. That is their solely recourse to get him out of their manner and you’ll ensure that Sharpton will likely be taking part in the Jim Crow card as a lot as he can.