The Problem Isn’t Joe Manchin. It’s Democrats’ Delusions.

Source: Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

“Is Democrat Joe Manchin really a ‘Jim Crow’ loving, ‘white supremacist’ and closet Republican? Or is he just someone who ‘doesn’t give a fuck about progressive backlash or caucus politics,’ as a source familiar with Manchin’s thinking put it, ‘Just West Virginia.’ Screaming about him may make Democrats feel good, but it’s not getting them anywhere, since the party’s problem is not that Manchin needs to confront reality, but that they do. … As Democrats react to Manchin’s announcement that he won’t support a party-line passage of a ‘sweeping’ election reform bill (and his reiteration that he would not nuke the filibuster), I feel the need to restate the obvious: Joe Biden didn’t win a progressive mandate, and America didn’t elect 50 Bernie Sanders clones to the U.S. Senate, let alone a filibuster-proof 60. Biden’s only real mandate was to not be Donald Trump.” (06/08/21)