Joe Manchin is not a Democrat. He was elected to the Senate on the Democratic ticket, but he’s not a Democrat or in favor of democracy.
I’ve always said this, Bret, if I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for and I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t,” Manchin, a key centrist, told host Bret Baier on “Fox News Sunday.nbcnews.com
He talks to FOX news to make this announcement, where it will get to the people he wants to signal to. Republicans. If he was a Democrat he would have talked to media outlets that don’t explicitly serve Trumpists. He wants the Trumpists to know that he’s one of them, a little winking aside to those people he wants to keep on his side.
FOX trumpets that it is the most-watched network on cable television. Who has cable television anymore? Rachel Maddow is leaving MSNBC, not because she has changed her mind about the veracity of the message she delivers, but because she thinks she can reach more people somewhere else. Cable television is dead. Old media. Cable network measurements are like noting the dimensions of dinosaur bones. Important for history, but not really relevant to the here and now.
Joe Manchin is just another one of those dinosaurs. Outdated. Ready for the museum. Only relevant because of the fiction that is party control of the United States Senate. The ossified controls that were placed on that legislative body back in the day when communication across the country took weeks or months have grown constricting and self-defeating in an age where we can know in minutes what the population thinks about any given subject. We just need our paid representatives to do the thing we want, or explain to us why they aren’t doing it. Majority and Minority party leadership in the Senate is as meaningless as the Filibuster, which was a mistake back when Aaron Burr committed it by eliminating the ability to move the prior question. Only now do we understand just how destructive these rules are.
Joe Manchin is against securing the vote for everyone. He doesn’t want the federal government to set down minimal guidelines that guarantee the vote for everyone. The vote is the only way we can effectively communicate with our paid representatives in government other than by bribing them with campaign contributions. He panders to the wealthy who control our government, rather than stand up for the people who should control our government through the vote.
Joe Manchin is against everything the Democrats currently stand for aside from keeping the government functioning. He voted for the extension to the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling shouldn’t even be a thing because it only serves the fiction that the spending of the federal government can be controlled by threatening to guillotine the entire economy through a default on bonds. This is not an effective way to govern, and yet that is what we have been reduced to since the days when Newt Gingrich threw a wrench in the legislative works and did everything he could to keep Bill Clinton from being an effective President.
Joe Manchin wants to keep the government functioning to do…? What? Nothing the Democrats want to do. Consequently Joe Manchin is not a Democrat and thusly the Democrats do not control the Senate, have not controlled the Senate at any point since the 2020 election. Case closed. In 2022 we should send a clear message and put enough Democrats into legislative office that we can get the legislation that we want passed and presented to the President for his signature. That is the only way forward in the short term.