Say what you will about Joe Manchin, but he’s right sometimes. The West Virginia Democrat Senator might not vote the right way the majority of the time, but he occasionally has moments of clarity that lead him to do the right thing. And with Democrats’ “For the People” election bill, Manchin says he’s set to do the right thing.
“It’s the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country, and I’m not supporting that because I think it would divide us more. I don’t want to be in a country that’s divided any further,” Manchin said on Fox News Sunday. “I think there’s a lot of great things in that piece of legislation, but there’s an awful lot of things that basically don’t pertain directly to voting.”
But what’s so wrong with the bill that Manchin feels it necessary to cross the aisle? A lot. Fox News breaks it down:
The bill, also known as S1, is the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation and covers many aspects of the voting process, including requiring states to automatically register eligible voters and offer same-day voter registration.
The measure also requires states to offer 15 days of early voting and allows no-excuse absentee balloting, which 14 states would have to implement. The states that already allow it would have to conform to S.1’s standards.
“Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants? I have always said, ‘If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’ And I cannot explain strictly partisan election reform or blowing up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed explaining his opposition.
Democrats are trying to overhaul the voting system in ways that will make it unrecognizable. It’s good to see that some of the party are willing to reach out across the aisle and do what’s right for Americans.
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.
Joe Manchin may have voted to impeach Trump, but he isn’t entirely crazy. In what he calls a stance against “extremism” in the Democrat Party, Manchin announced he will fight the Democrats’ plans to do away with the legislative filibuster and push through whatever nonsensical and wasteful bills they want.
“If I haven’t said it very plain, maybe Sen. McConnell hasn’t understood, I want to basically say it for you. That I will not vote in this Congress, that’s two years, right? I will not vote” to change the filibuster, the West Virginia Democrat said in an interview earlier this week. “And I hope with that guarantee in place he will work in a much more amicable way.”
Manchin’s commitment to at least a level playing field in legislating did not go unnoticed. Pro-Life group Susan B. Anthony List thanked Manchin for refusing to kill the filibuster. Activists lined courthouses in three West Virginia cities, beginning in Charleston and ending in Wheeling.
Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs for the organization, says that the filibuster is the only thing stopping Democrats from a full-on pro-abortion agenda. “And yet we have Joe Manchin courageous enough to stand up to his own party and say he’s going to do the right thing and I tell you the people of West Virginia agree with him,” she says.
“This is so significant in saving babies that have not yet been born,” Musgrave adds. “This is a strong pro-life state and he’s representing those values very well when he retains the filibuster.”
The filibuster requires 60 “yea” votes and prevents the Democrats from using their majority to do whatever they want with no support from people who represent everyday Americans. Watch a report on Manchin’s shocking decision to do the right thing below: