If you’re counting on Joe Manchin to save the Republic… – Well, you might want to think again. For all his bluster and fake media coverage about being some sort of “moderate” Democrat, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has always been nothing but a reliable, down-the-line leftwinger who operates in what I like to call the Lloyd Bentsen mode of being a senator.
You might remember Lloyd Bentsen, the long-time Texas senator who ran for the vice presidency in 1988 as Michael Dukakis’s running mate. During his 22 years in the senate from 1971 through 1993, Bentsen was the quintessential Texas Democrat in Washington: He’d run for election like he was the second coming of John Wayne, assuring Texans he was watching out for them in the bad ol’ nation’s capital, and then, once safely re-elected for another 6 year term, would travel back out to the Swamp so he could pal around with Joe Biden and vote with Ted Kennedy 95% of the time.
That is the very essence of Joe Manchin, other than Ted Kennedy no longer being with us. But hey, that’s no problem for Manchin – he just always ends up doing whatever Chuck Schumer tells him to do instead. What Chuck Schumer is telling him to do right now is support the communist Democrat effort to get rid of the filibuster rule. Manchin famously came out in late January and told reporters that he was irrevocably opposed to taking that step off the cliff to destroy the American Republic, and was not open to negotiating about it. Remember that?
Yeah, I remember it, too, and what that was was a standard Joe Manchin lie. He was already negotiating away his stance, using it as a tool to get something else he wanted. And yesterday, we found out exactly what it was that Manchin was after.
It turns out that he was after a comfy new, high-paying federal job for his wife:
With a 50-50 split in the Senate, every vote counts, and @Sen_JoeManchin's vote has sometimes been elusive.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 26, 2021
From the story at the Washington Examiner:
President Joe Biden is keeping it within the family by picking the wife of a key Democratic senator whose vote he will need on a slew of items to lead a federal commission.
Biden announced Friday that he is nominating Gayle Conelly Manchin to become the co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership aimed at creating economic growth within the region and lead it to parity with the rest of the country.
If Manchin’s last name sounds familiar, that’s because she is married to Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a pivotal vote for Biden in Congress’s evenly divided Senate. And Gayle Manchin requires Senate approval for the post.
Biden tapping Manchin comes as he prepares for his next big legislative push: an infrastructure and jobs package speculated to cost up to $3 trillion. Joe Manchin has indicated Congress should pass the bill through regular order rather than via the reconciliation process. Reconciliation would allow Biden to clear the measure through the Senate with only 51 votes.
The average salary for an ARC employee in 2018 was $128,295 — 108.2% higher than that of the average government employee, according to OpenPayrolls.com. Another independent site that tracks federal salaries, GlassDoor.com, listed salaries with the economic-focused organization as high as $176,000.
So, will Joe Manchin sell out the American people for $176,000 a year? You’re damn right he will. Just sit back and watch.
There’s a new girl in town. – If you’re looking for a Democrat senator who might – might – provide the one vote in defiance of the communist takeover of the country via elimination of the filibuster rule, you might want to pay less attention to the bought-off Manchin and more to Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Unlike Manchin, Sinema has in her short time in the senate established a track record of actually following through on her promises/threats to oppose Democrat party orthodoxy as they all goose-step over the cliff together.
Sinema has repeatedly made clear that she opposes any efforts to end the filibuster, is not movable on the subject and in fact even supports rolling back Harry Reid’s previous reforms that ended the ability to filibuster judicial nominees, as reported by Vox.com:
That leaves Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who said last month that she’d even support strengthening the filibuster by rolling back previous reforms, as the primary Democratic holdout on filibuster reform. Because Democrats control exactly half of the Senate’s 100 seats plus the vice presidency, they will likely need every single member of their caucus to support filibuster reform in order for any filibuster reform to pass.
In fact, Sinema has already gone against Schumer and the communist Dems on one major key vote this year, theatrically casting a John McCain-like “thumbs down” vote on a minimum wage vote in February, a move that has garnered a lot of press attention in addition to the bleating from the Perpetual Outrage Mob on Twitter:
“She has a theory that picking fights with the left helps her,” said Emily Kirkland, executive director of Progress Arizona. “I think that is a real misreading of the moment.”
With a handbag slung over her shoulder, she appeared to make a pronounced demi-curtsy as she signaled a thumbs down for a minimum wage vote that was bound to attract attention. The echoes of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, who used a similar thumbs-down gesture to block a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, were inescapable.
“She wants to see herself as a maverick. When McCain did these things, he bucked his party because he voted for something that would potentially save lives,” said Tomas Robles, executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, a Latino advocacy group. “Her votes have been the exact opposite.”
Leftist Democrats like those quoted in the report above like to describe Sinema’s independent streak as cynical politics while praising Manchin’s inevitable capitulations to party orthodoxy. The truth, however, is that Sinema appears to be that rarist of rarities in Washington, DC: An actual thoughtful member of the Democrat Party, sort of a senate version of Tulsi Gabbard.
It will only take one such Democrat to save the Republic from a rapid descent into communist hell by preserving the filibuster rule. Now that Manchin’s been so obviously bought off, Kyrsten Sinema seems to now be the last woman standing.
It remains to be seen how long she can remain standing in the face of what will inevitably a withering assault coming her way from the radical left and the corrupt news media.
Perhaps fortunately, Sen. Sinema is divorced, and thus lacks a spouse looking for a high-paying federal job. So, we got that going for us.
That is all.
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