The Manchin-Sinema Game by Kurt Schlichter for Town Hall
Pity Chuck Schumer, with AOC sniffing around for the scent of primary vulnerability while the Murder Turtle across the aisle is tenting his fingers, whispering “Excellent,” as the majority leader publicly nadlers himself. He’s got Nancy Pelosi jumping into the race for Most Senile Senior in the Dem leadership, alleged moderates terrified of 2022, the bro-betrothing weirdos of the progressive left, and a desiccated old freak in the White House who intervened and only made things worse. But Chucky’s real problem is the Wonder Twins, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who are driving him nuts with their stubborn refusal to commit ritual suicide to make the NY-SF axis happy.
And it’s only going to get worse. Pass the popcorn and cabernet, because this is gonna be fun.
For these two, this New Deal is No Deal, at least not as currently constituted. They are doing yeoman’s work taking the heat for a bunch of other senators who likewise have no desire to walk Pelosi’s plank next year by voting for the zillion-dollar printing press green-light that is the reconciliation infrastructure bill. Of course, this atrocity is only about infrastructure in the loose sense that every single thing in the Dems’ letter to Santa is “infrastructure.” Free money to deadbeats is infrastructure. Open borders is infrastructure. So, I guess, the middle fingers of Sinema and Manchin are infrastructure too.
Now that’s some infrastructure we can get behind.
Adding to the hilarity was Bernie Sanders, the cute n’ loveable curmudgeon who embraces an ideology that butchered 100 million people in the last century, and his attempt at socialist math. He railed on Twitter that those two senators should not be able to hold up what 48 senators want. You know, I did go to a California public school so my knowledge of math and civics is questionable, but doesn’t that mean that there are 52 senators against and only 48 for? I’ve been hearing a lot from the Dems about MUH DEMOCRACY lately, but I am pretty sure 48 does not beat 52. Oh well, forget it. Counting is probably a construct of the hegemonic paradigm imposed by white supremacy, patriarchy, and…I dunno…transphobia.
Still, for now, they are holding out. They have no desire to lose their elections by passing this inflation-bait fiasco, at least not at the $3.5 trillion number the commie girls in the House decreed was the compromise minimum. West Virginia, America’s sanest state, was something like Trump +39 last November, so runaway patriotic and pro-American the Dems didn’t even bother trying to cheat there. Yeah, sure, Manchin is looking to please Schumer.