”The reality, I might argue, is that voting and election reform that’s achieved in a partisan method will all however guarantee partisan divisions proceed to deepen,” Manchin wrote, as Republicans in state after state cross viciously partisan, racist voter suppression legal guidelines. And Manchin wrote this to declare his opposition to a bill he cosponsored in 2019. When the For the Folks Act wasn’t going to get a vote as a result of then-Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell wouldn’t enable it, Manchin was for it. As soon as it was going to get a vote, he was in self-righteous opposition as if his very opposition didn’t present that he’s a dishonest hack.
It is a man who has informed us time and time once more that he values the traditions of the Senate—he’s simply not particularly considerate about which of them, apparently. Those used to maintain Black individuals from voting, just like the filibuster? Sure. Those the place the occasion in energy can really get its approach? Nope. Manchin watched McConnell twist and manipulate the “traditions” and “norms” of the Senate for years and now he desires us to imagine that he thinks comity and bipartisanship may be rescued.
Was this what he was on the lookout for?
As a result of if it was … Joe, honey, are you actually silly sufficient to suppose that’s going to matter within the 2024 marketing campaign? Donald Trump isn’t going to the mat for you, and Senate Republicans and the exact same darkish cash teams you’re defending by opposing the For the Folks Act are going to the mat to your Republican opponent. Regardless of the way you vote. The one query is the legacy you allow, and proper now, you’re going with enabling racist voter suppression as a legacy.
In the meantime, Trump continues pushing his Big Lie a few stolen 2020 election, and state-level Republicans are utilizing that mislead form their voter suppression efforts. And Joe Manchin is successfully signing his title to each little bit of that. By no means let that reality be obscured. By refusing to take motion to reform the filibuster after which finish gerrymandering and shield voting entry, Manchin is letting Republicans reshape voting rights on this nation.
Whether or not Manchin is simply that silly, simply that decided to money in after leaving the Senate, or simply that personally against voting rights, it doesn’t matter. He’s doing what he’s doing.