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Joe Manchin’s Outrageous Blind-Spot

Joe Manchin had a moment of outrage when Bernie Sanders recently penned an opinion piece about the Biden agenda in a local West Virginia newspaper. I could say some negative things about Bernie, like, he probably cost Hillary Clinton the election in 2016 but I will give him credit for trying to move the ball forward for Working Class people. Some of policy initiatives in Biden’s agenda are like the ones that contribute to high standards of quality of life in many other countries. I’m pretty sure that if you took the party affiliation labels off these initiatives, there would be plenty of West Virginians who would support them.

But Manchin seems to not understand what century we’re in and what our expectations are trending towards. So, he’s threatening to REGRESS in his support of some elements of the bill in retaliation for Bernie Sanders bringing his foreign ass to West Virginia and showing the voters what their options are.

Yes, yes, it’s BERNIE who is throwing his weight around and telling West Virginians what is good for them. Its the libtards who don’t understand what West Virginians value and are forcing their coastal elitism down their throats.

Hmmm…

Here’s how *I* see it.

Joe Manchin is ignoring the hopes and dreams of a more future oriented, fairer, more environmentally conscious electorate that overwhelmingly voted Biden and the Democrats into office.

The senate Democrats represent 40 million more people than senate Republicans. They are the majority and they want this agenda to pass. That majority cares deeply about climate change and child care and infrastructure and moving forward. Those are the values of the majority of the people who are represented in the Senate.

It seems to me that Joe Manchin is the one going into all of those states and telling the majority what they can or cannot have based on a small but vocal minority of voters in West Virginia. Joe Manchin is the one threatening to make all those large majority states into passive bystanders whose votes are irrelevant because of a bunch of Luddite coal miners and their owners who still want to make their fortune in fossil fuels.

It’s not like Republicans have anything to offer West Virginians except hardship and lies. But Joe Manchin refuses to lead them.

How dare he come into California or New York or even Pennsylvania and dictate to all of us who voted for doing *something* for godssakes that what we want and how we want to pay for it is inappropriate.

How dare he tell all of these large Democratic states that gave him the power to make real change that HE isn’t going to do it.

My patience with Manchin, and his protege Kirsten Sinema, is wearing very thin. It’s about where my patience is with vaccine refusers. You know, I don’t have to have any respect for your opinion if your actions are wholly disrespectful of the wellbeing of other people in the country or the world.

Joe Manchin has made a lot of good progress with the voting rights bill. He was able to strike some important compromises that would protect the rights of all voters, including Republicans. But his holding out like some Fox News addled libertarian with a contrarian streak is screwing the majority in the biggest states of the union whose intentions were made very clear in November 2020.

He has a lot of nerve, arrogance and hubris to be lecturing Bernie Sanders right now. Joe would be doing himself a favor by STFU and not insulting the rest of the Democratic caucus.