Joe Manchin has clearly decided he’s the actual President of the United States. He can’t get behind Biden’s two trillion dollar infrastructure package (American Jobs Plan) because raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% is just a bridge too far ( pun intended). He can’t get behind a $15 an hour minimum wage because it’s not responsible and reasonable. And he can’t get behind even filibuster reform, apparently, because it’s a ” critical tool to uphold our democratic form of government” whatever the hell that means.
Never mind that two thirds of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Never mind that two thirds of American voters support the American Jobs Plan. And never mind that a slight majority of American voters support filibuster reform in order to pass much needed legislation. And never mind that Manchin’s unrooted obstinacy threatens to impede much needed legislation but also his own party’s prospects in the 2022 mid-terms.
No, President Manchin knows best. He wants everyone in the Senate to get along and talk with each other, confident that he, alone, can bring Republicans on board some of Biden’s policy proposals, even as Perry Bacon Jr of FiveThirtyEight writes:
The evidence is considerable that the overwhelming majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill aren’t going to support any major policy initiatives backed by a Democratic president. So Manchin’s view of his GOP colleagues seems somewhat untethered from reality.
Bernie Sanders recently stated he has no problem going to West Virginia to pressure Manchin to get with the program. At this point I’d be happy to pay for his flight ticket and lodgings.