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.
Reportedly Sen. Sinema telling people that “many” Dems besides her and Manchin were opposed to BBB but too afraid to say so.
Makes the Dem Party look like an organized crime cartel is what it does.
Maybe this is “the Emperor has no clothes” moment that will stick a fork in Creepy Joe.
Can’t wait to see 2022 including when all the gender studies and sociology majors and third-rate law school grads get their student loan monthly bills resumed after Biden campaigned on wiping out student loans.
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Why hasn’t Mitch McConnell offered Manchin some incentives (i.e., anything he wants) to switch parties? He’s clearly more in tune with Republican policies than Democrat ones, and becoming a Republican would put him among the vast majority of voters in the state he represents.
It’s been an ongoing delight to watch the implosion of the Democrat party headed by a senile old stumblebum manipulated by a cadre of fanatical left-wing ideologues. Every day that passes exposes the panoply of lies Biden and his minions told during the campaign, beginning with the carefully crafted lie that he was a centrist and would propose policies that would garner support from both parties. Now we’re poised to enter another series of lockdowns because of a virus that was supposed to be magically vanquished by Biden’s policy of vaccines and boosters and masking and social distancing into the foreseeable future and beyond. Maybe this will spark a real backlash–one strong enough to put an end to Obama’s third term long before 2024. The anniversary of Jan. 6th is fast approaching; let’s do it right this time!
Problem is, too many of our Republican … friends (for they ARE our friends) would kvetch that Joe Manchin is not pure enough to be a Republican — that being fealty to Trump’s Big Lie about a stolen election.
I’d say he’s at lest as pure as Romney, Sasse, Collins, et al. And a reliable RINO vote is as good as that of the purest Republican of all (whoever that might be).
I bet that offer has been made and to Sinema and a few others.
Thing is, Manchin is sitting probably right where he wants to be right now. He holds a lot of power and don’t forget he is basically a slightly liberal Democrat. (Which makes him a Nazi in the eyes of the far left of course.)
Manchin has high approval ratings in his State. He has no real reason to switch parties.
Sinema is in a somewhat similar position.
NOW, should the Dems lose Congress in a bloodbath in 10 1/2 months, maybe that’s when Manchin (and others) switch parties.
Sit back and enjoy the show!
Right now the howls and cries of lefty progressives are quite a thing to behold, LOL! Waiting for AOC or her ilk to rage-quit Congress or check into a nuthouse.
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“He has no real reason to switch parties.” That’s why Mitch should give him one … or more. Maybe the torrent of vituperation directed at him by the fanatical leftists in his party will be enough to push him over the line.
That would’ve happened by now with all the hatred and some of the not-so-veiled threats being hurled at him — and Sinema too. (I’m sure Merrick Garland and his feds are all over this including Raggedy Jen’s “Fatal Attraction” statement yesterday).
Methinks Manchin and Sinema may perk right up in a year if McConnell resumes his gig as Senate Majority Leader.
Bingo! We have a winner!
“The anniversary of Jan. 6th is fast approaching; let’s do it right this time!”
It seems sedition is always promoted by chicken hawks and the old student deferment crowd.
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Gosh, how many have been charged with Sedition!
Zero? Really? How come.
Loved your “schadenboner” reference! What, exactly, were those 719 charged after January 6 trying to do? Please don’t tell me “sight seeing.” What was their objective in breaking down doors, busting glass, and battering police?
Been thinking the same thing, Gary. Manchin doesn’t fit the profile of today’s Democratic party.
Speaking of Biden, did you hear his doomsday message? Talk about sowing fear & panic.
“But it’s here now, and it’s spreading, and it’s going to increase … We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated – for themselves, their families and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm,” he added. “But there’s good news: If you’re vaccinated, and you have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death.”
A few months ago Biden said, in record, that “you won’t get the virus if you get the vaccine”. Of course around the same time he was declaring victory over the virus and still telling student loan borrowers he’d forgive a big chunk of their loans.
Then the Afghanistan disaster happened, the student loan forgiveness promise went into the trash heap, the virus roared back, and $3 trillion Bill Back Binger aka “Free Money, No Worky” went down in flames.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the squad have no clue of what is actually written in the U.S. Constitution, a sacred document that they have sworn an oath to uphold. AOC’s comment about the number of her constituents in New York City versus West Virginia, besides not knowing West Virginia having twice as many residents as her district, is just plain ignorant as to why the House of Representatives has 435 members and why the Senate has 100 members. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was deadlocked on what to do about the makeup of the Congress. They came up with the Great Compromise where the House membership would be based on each member roughly representing the same number of constituents while the Senate would have 2 members per state to basically allow the smaller population states from being dominated by the larger states. The Squad is ticked that New York and California isn’t the tail that wags the dog of the other 48 states because of this compromise. In the 1970’s, I learned this in 8th Grade when my class studied the Constitution and in depth as a high school senior in a class titled American Government. My guess is that many of the younger Democrats were never taught what is written in the our Constitution and would prefer a “benevolent dictatorship” run by regressive Democrats who think they know better to that of our Republic as it is laid out in the Constitution.
Granted these are not the better angels of my nature but I currently enjoy surfing the Leftist forums to revel in the angst, recriminations, accusations, name calling, blame casting, projection, depression, fear, doom, hopelessness … well, you get the gist of my thrust.
A line I read in Althouse right after Trump’s election,
“My schadenboner is harder than Chinese arithmetic.”
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Have you been in a car dealership lately? They are already NOT selling cars. That idiot thinks they are committing “unfettered” capitalism, when they’re actually selling from an empty wagon.
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