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Joe Manchin Wrecks ‘Build Back Better,’ Ruins Christmas for Democrats

Posted on | December 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Joe Manchin Wrecks ‘Build Back Better,’ Ruins Christmas for Democrats

Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth in impotent fury at the West Virginia senator who refused to let them join in any reindeer games:

The White House accused Sen. Joe Manchin III of a double-cross on President Biden’s mammoth social welfare and climate change legislation.
In a fiery statement, White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki rebuked the West Virginia Democrat for making an “inexplicable reversal” days after pledging support for the $1.75 trillion social welfare bill.
“On Tuesday of this week, Senator Manchin came to the White House and submitted — to the president, in person, directly — a written outline for a Build Back Better bill that was the same size and scope as the President’s framework, and covered many of the same priorities,” Ms. Psaki said. “While that framework was missing key priorities, we believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.”
The statement was released to the public shortly after Mr. Manchin told “Fox News Sunday” he had struggled for months over whether to support the bill but ultimately could not.
“I’ve always said this, but if I can’t go home and explain to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it,” said Mr. Manchin. “And I cannot vote to continue this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there … This is a no.” . . .
“Senator Manchin pledged repeatedly to negotiate on finalizing that framework ‘in good faith,’” Ms. Psaki said. “If his comments on Fox and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the president and the senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate.”

Oh, he breached his “commitments,” did he? What about Joe Biden’s “commitments”? Wasn’t the basic thrust of his election campaign that he was a moderate? And yet Biden has (or rather, his handlers have) spent most of the past year attempting to ram through a radical policy agenda dictated by the AOC/Bernie Sanders wing of the party.

Like spoiled children denied a treat, Democrats are now stomping their feet and screeching uncontrollably as they vent their rage at Manchin.

AOC is as ignorant of geography and demographics as is she is of everything else, and it apparently has not occurred to her that whatever the relative size of their constituencies, she and Joe Manchin represent very different kinds of people with very different interests. Like, how many bisexual cat ladies are there in West Virginia, compared to NY-14? And I’m pretty sure there are very few coal miners in the Bronx.

And then there was this pleasant celebrity emission:

Unlike AOC, at least Bette Midler got some facts right: The population of Brooklyn (2.6 million) is larger than West Virginia, but does anyone really believe there is less illiteracy, poverty and drug addiction in Brooklyn than in West Virginia? Last time I checked, Bette Midler had sold her $50 million Fifth Avenue penthouse and was living in bucolic Dutchess County, so I don’t why she’s choosing Brooklyn as her reference point, except that a lot of liberals live there. She later apologized for insulting West Virginians, but not for hating Manchin, who has become a Trump-like scapegoat figure in the minds of liberals who can’t seem to understand why they couldn’t ram their $2 trillion scam through the Senate. Political failure always leads to this kind of hunt for scapegoats; whenever Republicans lose an election, the party establishment starts lashing out at “evangelicals” and other right-wing “extremists” whom they blame for the defeat. Democrats never blame their own “extremists,” however, because that would be racist. So instead Democrats now explain their failure by turning Manchin into a demonized representative of all those STUPID REDNECK HILLBILLIES they hate so much.

Merry Freaking Christmas, losers.



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