President Donald Trump won West Virginia by 40 points. Democrat Joe Manchin realizes this, so while he makes a lot of bad decisions he still sometimes does the right thing. One such time is right now, as he is vigorously defending the filibuster — the only thing standing between us and mob rule in government — against his fellow Democrats. Naturally, this doesn’t make him very popular with his peers, but Manchin refuses so budge. So Democrats are breaking out the big guns in the form of Al Sharpton.
Sharpton doesn’t receive much love in West Virginia, but as a favorite Democrat weapon he says he plans to had to West Virginia so he can try to convince the state’s citizens that Joe Manchin is a racist. Sound ridiculous? Yes. Will he swing many opinions in a state with that heavy of Republican support? Probably not. But the media circus will allow Manchin to be tried in the court of MSNBC and found guilty.
Politico reports that Sharpton hopes to mobilize Democrats to primary Manchin and Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who also supports the filibuster:
Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, said in an interview that he and others have begun talks to hold town halls and rallies in the home states of senators such as Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who have said they oppose scrapping the filibuster.
“The pressure that we are going to put on Sinema and Manchin is calling [the filibuster] racist and saying that they are, in effect, supporting racism,” Sharpton said. “Why would they be wedded to something that has those results? Their voters need to know that.”…
“Many of us, and certainly all of us in the civil rights leadership, are committed to policies and laws and causes, not to people’s political careers. We’re not into that. We want to change the country,” Sharpton said. “And if there is not feasible evidence that we’re doing that, it is not in our concern to be aggressively involved.”
Sharpton does not explain why the filibuster is “racist,” but this is an example of how Democrats work. If anyone displeases them — even one of their own — they point a shaking finger and cry “racism” until the person either submits or is destroyed.
Ironically, if Democrats successfully primary Manchin and Sinema, it opens both states up to successful Republican challenges to their seats — challenges that can help us reclaim the Senate in 2024. This is going to get interesting.