A progressive temper tantrum.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki is not the only one hacking up a fur ball this morning over Joe Manchin’s apostasy. (The Dispatch reports Manchin refused to take a call from the White House after dropping his bunker buster on Fox News Sunday.) Here’s a sampling of New York Times subscribers venting on line the day of:
“He’s no Democrat.”
“Let’s get rid of him.”
“Democrats MUST primary Joe Manchin.”
In a state that went for Trump by 39 percentage points, where 60% approve of the job Manchin is doing compared to 32% for Biden, where opposition to Build Back Better is two to one! Maybe more class warfare would help?
“Manchin never supported BBB, because the wealthy want a desperate working class.” (Why a desperate working class benefits liberals like Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates is a mystery akin to the Virgin Birth.)
Innumeracy seems to be endemic to Democrats. A.O.C. claims “the idea that Joe Manchin says that he can’t explain this back home to his people is a farce… because I represent more or just as many or more people than Joe Manchin does — perhaps more.” As in all congressional districts, A.O.C. represents some 650,000; Manchin is one of two senators representing a population of 1.8 million.
A likely Squad voter asks: “How can a country of 330 million people have one guy making or breaking major decisions?” At last count, a majority of 51 senators oppose BBB. A civics class no-show wailed: “We lose the last vestiges of democracy because of one man’s greed?”
You know you are a progressive if you think you can tax America to prosperity: “Wouldn’t the best way to help people in an inflationary world is provide them with benefits?”
Only Biden’s BBB lay between Americans and a Bob Cratchit Christmas, says a reader with the handle “Billionscosttoomuch:” “Great, now the rest of the country can be poor, with bad health and no jobs just like West Virginia.”
We all gonna die!
No one does doom and gloom like a good Leftist. Referring to the global climate change funding in BBB, this cassandra wailed: “There is no plan B for the planet.”
New York Times readers know best what West Virginians need: “Manchin is voting against the better interest of his constituents.”
The winner winner of our virtual chicken dinner is this guy:
“Our only hope is to organize: sitting in car dealerships so there can be no business until fossil fuel cars are replaced; striking; and obstructing capitalists’ profits until politicians have no choice but obey.”
Picture it, thousands of Madison progressives sitting in showrooms at Kaiser Ford, Don Miller Jeep, Zimbrick Buick, Bergstrom Chevva-lay — munching the dealer’s free popcorn, punching the buttons on single-serve Keurig coffee machines, riffling through threadbare copies of Road & Track. Sniffling through their face masks, they check their smart phones for signs that Manchin has cried “Uncle.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: More proof that progressives don’t have jobs that require real work.