It’s strictly politics, Sonny
Joe Manchin, like Fredo’s younger brother, was proving tough in the negotiations over the $3.5 Trillion spending blowout. You can’t talk reason with the man!
So Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, fired an op ed into Manchin’s hometown newspaper accusing the West Virginia Democrat of being the property of greedy corporate plutocrats. In his HOME! Where his wife sleeps! Where their children play with their toys!
Most people would say if you are trying to persuade someone to vote on your side you don’t trash talk them. But Bernie, like all progressives, would rather threaten than persuade. The self-righteous Woke are, after all, commissars of the cancel culture.
“Bernie Sanders shows Democrats how to deal with Joe Manchin,” John Nichols boasts via the pages of The Nation. It’s the Frankie Five Angels approach. “Let’s hit him now while we got the muscle.”
(We do believe John’s sycophancy is sincere. Our old comrade is too ethical to serve on the Vermont socialist’s paid PR staff. Instead, he gives it away for free.)
Quick, more free stuff!
“Manchin couldn’t handle the truth,” Nichols scolds. Colonel Nathan Jessup could not have said it better. But we see Manchin is still standing.
The longterm strategy of progressives is to push more “Free Stuff” (won’t cost you a dime) to make everyone dependent on Big Gummint. By doubling down on the New Deal and the Great Society, Democrats finally are going to “lift children out of poverty,” Nichols promises. (Even Strachi promised to keep it out of the schools. “I don’t want it sold to children! That’s an infamia.”)
→ Socialists actually believe that robbing Peter takes Pauline out of poverty.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Nichols tiptoes past the inconvenient truth that Bernie Sanders chairs the Senate budget committee for one reason. Coming out of a state that Donald Trump won by 39 points, that reason’s name is Joe Manchin.