Delusions of Bipartisanship

Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“On Sunday, quirky West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin wrote an op-ed … declaring that he would not vote for the Democrats’ omnibus pro-democracy bill, H.R. 1, called the For the People Act. He also declared categorically, ‘Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.’ The New York Times print headline captured the gravity of the situation: ‘Breaking Ranks, Manchin Dooms Key Voting Bill.’ But as always with Manchin, things are a little more complicated than they seem. Take the case of the ‘key voting bill’ that Manchin has doomed. This refers to an 818-page behemoth wish list that includes every possible reformer’s dream, from public financing of elections and anti-gerrymander rules, to much tougher conflict-of-interest prohibitions, and a great deal more. In an ideal [sic] world, it would pass Congress overwhelmingly. But this is far from an ideal world.” (06/08/21)