JUST NOW: whoa.— John Berman (@JohnBerman) June 7, 2021
“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell…Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy.”
Dem Rep @JamaalBowmanNY on @Sen_JoeManchin on voting rights and the fillibuster.@NewDaypic.twitter.com/PYBiMo8l0o
As David Shor pointed out, the best shot that Democrats had of clinging to power in Congress in the 2022 midterms was to radically change the game by passing HR 1 or adding new states to change the balance of power in the Senate which tilts toward sparsely populated rural states.
“The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner.
During my time as West Virginia’s secretary of state, I was determined to protect this right and ensure our elections are fair, accessible and secure. Not to benefit my party but all the people of West Virginia. For example, as secretary of state I took specific actions to establish early voting for the first time in West Virginia in order to provide expanded options for those whose work or family schedule made it difficult for them to vote on Election Day. Throughout my tenure in politics, I have been guided by this simple philosophy — our party labels can’t prevent us from doing what is right.
Unfortunately, we now are witnessing that the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized. Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage. …”
Sen. Joe Manchin has finally crushed the hopes of progressive activists. It was always going to happen, but now the infighting between the progressives and the moderates has finally begun.
“Representative Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.) on Monday accused Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) of “doing everything in his power to stop democracy” and claimed that the moderate Democrat has become the “new Mitch McConnell.”
Bowman’s comments come after Manchin came out against Democrats’ sweeping voter rights legislation in an essay for the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday. …
“Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship, he is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist, just like they’ve been since the beginning of Biden’s presidency,” he added. …”
HR 1 isn’t happening. The filibuster isn’t going anywhere. The Senate parliamentarian has also ruled that Joe Biden really only has one shot of getting anything through the Senate via budget reconciliation. In light of these three political realities, we can conclude that the Republicans will likely succeed in their effort to overhaul state election laws while Joe Biden’s agenda stalls in the Senate.
The only real question is whether a slimmed down bipartisan infrastructure bill will pass the Senate before the 2022 midterms, OR, whether the Democrats will pass some enormous bill through reconciliation that combines the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. The Democrats will also put Stephen Breyer under enormous pressure to retire while they retain control of the Senate.
Note: At the time of Joe Biden’s Joint Address, we expected Joe would peak in the spring and decline in the summer like Obama and Trump before him. Joe’s high approval rating is due to the normal honeymoon period, COVID and the relief package which cleared Congress in March.