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Democrat Senator Manchin Says He Won’t Vote to Pack Court, Defund Police, or End the Filibuster

Democrat Senator Manchin Says He Won’t Vote to Pack Court, Defund Police, or End the Filibuster

Don’t get too excited though

Politicians, man.

Democrat Senator from West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin said he won’t vote to pack courts, end the filibuster, or defund the police, which could complicate a Democrat agenda on those particular issues.


But before we get too excited, it’s worth remembering 1) he’s a politician 2) he also voted to impeach Trump 3) this is perfectly on message, given the complaints of Congressional Democrats who lamented that extreme messaging was hurting them at the ballot box and 4) he’s a politician in a state getting redder by the day.

Good luck trying to please both sides of the fence, Sen. Manchin. You’re gonna need it!


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“Let me be clear: I will not vote to pack the courts & I will not vote to end the filibuster.”

Nice try, Pinocchio.

It would be more relevant after the special election. Now people have fewer reasons to vote for the GOP Senators in Georgia.

    CDR D in reply to RodFC. | November 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Exactly. He’s a politician, and this could be a deliberate feint to get R voters in GA to get lazy. Schumer could well have told him to do this.

      Dr P in reply to CDR D. | November 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

      It is self serving, regardless of whether he is truthful

      – because it makes it more likely the dems win
      – takes some of the fear out of voting dem

      – it makes him more powerful
      – by definition if the dems win, he has a stronger hand
      – but by being the most conservative dem
      – he is a swing voter and has to be bought off for other things

      – even if the dems lose
      – the GOP majority is slim
      – and will often need his vote

    JHogan in reply to RodFC. | November 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    That was the real reason he made the statement. He’s trying to influence the voting in Georgia.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to RodFC. | November 10, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    True — if anybody trusts what he’s saying. How did he vote in the impeachment trial though?

    txvet2 in reply to RodFC. | November 10, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    It’s unlikely that more than a relative handful of people in Georgia have ever even heard of Manchin, much less are aware of this particular lie.

Did he have sex with that woman?

I was thinking similar things. Is he about to switch sides to become a Republican? No? Then he condones the fraud in this election and everything else is just window dressing.

    Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to irv. | November 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I agree; Manchin is not going to become a Republican. However, I’d like to see Romney become one.

Antifundamentalist | November 10, 2020 at 9:52 am

Seeing will be believing. But if he does manage to do the right thing, then I will applaud that.

Yeah let’s wait and see.

Senator Manchin is up for re-election in 2024 when he will be 77 years old. His state has turned deep red. He might be able to squeak out one more term as d but not if he embraced a radical d agenda.

Then again, will he want to run at age 77? Others do. Being a US Senator is a good gig. People are deferential, they address you as Senator, you get a paid for staff and a nice office Etc.

So if he wants additional political career past his current term he can’t go full d/progressive weirdo. The question then is does he want an additional term in the Senate? Would he gamble on getting a nomination as Sec of x in a d administration post 2024? Lots of perks for cabinet positions as well….

Rod hit the nail on the head. To the extent any conservative Democrat in Georgia would hesitate to vote for a Democrat, lest Chuck Schumer ram through court packing etc., Joe Manchin’s statement says “Don’t worry, the Democrats will never go full Che on you, I won’t let them.” Whether he will stick to those guns if the Senate is 50/50 and the entire Democratic caucus is down on him for his critical vote, I have sincere doubts. He did vote for impeachment, when he had nothing to lose by voting “no” on that.

Unspoken… “So all you moderates and independents in Georgia shouldn’t be afraid to vote for two more Dem Senators”.

Anyone who thinks Manchin is a moderate is a fool. A true moderate would not make such a statement at this time for the transparently dishonest purpose of influencing the vote in another state.

Did he vote to convict the President in the impeachment trial?

That’s a far more trustworthy gauge of his reliability than what he’s saying now.

Another first order weasel.

He is a Democrat trying to appeal to the middle.
Always has been.
What he actually does is not necessarily what he says…

Manchin is a committed liberal that’s just smarter about it than most of the rest.

He will never, EVER be the deciding vote in our favor.

On Kavanaugh, he played the ‘deliberating’ game, until he was ABSOLUTELY SURE his vote didn’t matter before being given PERMISSION to vote against The Party.

On impeachment, exactly the same thing. He talked some good bullshit about ‘considering the evidence’, but the microsecond Mitt ‘The Bitch’ Romney gave them the coveted ‘bipartisan’ label, his permission was revoked and he was ordered to vote with The Party. Which he did with zero protest.

Manchin is a liberal. Never, EVER make the mistake of believing he will help conservatives when it actually matters.

Liar, liar pants on fire.

Joe Manchin has a reputation to uphold. As a lying sack of shit.

There is no such thing as a moderate Democrat or an honest Democrat.

His daughter is CEO of the Big Pharma company that makes Epi-Pens. Which they have raised the price of some 500 percent. Expensive to start out with.

Funny how big politician’s kids get these jobs?

He is Swamp, through and through.

in 2024, I will contribute to whoever runs against him.