We can’t allow the elected folks to be democratic!

On Sunday, the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin announced in an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that he opposes the For the People Act. He also opposes ending the filibuster.

An op-ed in the most prominent state newspaper is about as non-negotiable a position a senator can assert.

It was a direct thumb-in-your-eye response to President Biden’s thinly veiled criticism of Manchin last Tuesday in Tulsa, where Biden explained why he was having difficulty getting passage of what was supposed to be his highest priority – new voting rights legislation that would supersede a raft of new voter suppression laws in Republican-dominated states, using Trump’s baseless claim of voter fraud as pretext.

“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘Why doesn’t Biden get this done?’” Biden asked rhetorically in Tulsa. “Well, because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House, and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends. But we’re not giving up.”

Everyone knew he was referring to Manchin, as well as Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, another Democratic holdout.

Democracy isn’t a method of allowing the elected, and their voters, to have a say. Don’t be ridiculous. Democracy means that Democrats win, right?

8 thoughts on “We can’t allow the elected folks to be democratic!”

  1. “Trump’s baseless claim of voter fraud” Was little Reich one of those who said that the lab leak hypothesis was a lie, a racist conspiracy? If so, can I assume that he’s now reversed course for no reason known to the public?

  2. Always astounded by the blatant double-speak. Stopping voter fraud = “voter suppression”.

    And does anyone believe that Trump’s claims of voter fraud are baseless? Weren’t there polls showing that even 30% of Democrats thought there was fraud?

  3. I like the recent allegations about those Georgia ballots that show flaws of a kind attributable to photocopiers

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ Always astounded by the blatant double-speak. Stopping voter fraud = “voter suppression”.”

    Better that 10 voter frauds are committed than 1 vote and is suppressed (as long as the fraudulent vote is for me, not thee).

  5. Dennis, One of Joe's Neanderthals

    What makes this so much fun is that Biden has no leverage over Manchin. WV went for Trump 2-1, every state office of note is held by a Republican, and all other members of WV’s congressional delegation are Republican. He could switch parties tomorrow and all it would do is make him more popular than he already is. Note that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hasn’t said a word… He knows he can’t muscle Manchin, so he’s keeping quiet.

    I think what is really up Reich’s ass is the fact that most, if not all, of Biden’s agenda is falling by the wayside. The voting bill is dead, his infrastructure bill is, if not dead, barely breathing, and his tax bill is DOA. The filibuster will not be ended. Note that statehood for Washington DC has disappeared as an issue. And the backdrop of all this is a massive border crisis of Biden’s making, Putin getting aggressive, continuing calls by progressives for police defunding and Harris’ disastrous South America tour.

    Robert Reich is a fool, but he isn’t stupid. He sees what a lot of us see… A combination of events that going to have vulnerable Democrats start bucking the President and their party on key issues. The elections of 2022 aren’t far away, and things aren’t looking good at the moment. Polling shows significant dissatisfaction with both Biden and Democrats in general.

  6. Dennis, Tiresome Denizen of Central Ohio

    Without Manchin, then, the For the People Act is probably dead, unless Biden can convince one Republican senator to join Senate Democrats in supporting it – like, say, Utah’s Mitt Romney, who has publicly rebuked Trump for lying about the 2020 election and has something of a reputation for being an institutionalist who cares about American democracy.

    I am old enough to remember when people like Robert Reich thought Mitt Romney was a soulless financial manipulator who killed dogs and happily allowed his businesses to give innocent citizens cancer via pollution.

  7. Biden won the election fair and square and should get to govern. As long as he does not oppress people, or abuse human rights, then he should have the right to rule the USA.

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