America Wins: Senate Filibuster Remains Intact As Manchin, Sinema Vote With Republicans
Mitch McConnell: “It’s pretty safe to say this is the biggest day in the history of the Senate”
Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer has officially lost the plot. There is no way on earth that Schumer honestly believes that “our democracy is under attack.” Treating the Democrat power grab to nationalize elections as some kind of race-based “voting rights” crisis is the sort of subterfuge and political lie the left spins best. But it is a lie.
Happily, the U.S. Senate is working as intended and on Wednesday shot down the radical left’s latest attempt to destroy it.
The first thing up was the vote on the Democrats’ federal takeover of elections. Senate rules require 60 votes to pass this bill. The vote failed largely along party lines 51-49.
With a 49-51 vote, Senate Democrats failed to break the GOP filibuster of voting legislation in order to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. https://t.co/zZ7SS0QMD5 pic.twitter.com/RRDewyvHal
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2022
Though all 50 Democrats supported the voting rights bill, all 50 Republicans held together in opposition, leaving Democrats 10 votes short of the 60 needed to break the filibuster. The final vote was 51 to 49, with Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, voting with opponents in a maneuver aimed at allowing the measure to be reconsidered later.
After that, a bid to change the filibuster rules to allow them to cram through their scheme to override Constitutional states’ rights regarding elections on a simple majority vote was shot down in short order.
The vote was 52-48, with both Sens. Manchin and Sinema voting against it, as they have been saying they will for months (and in Manchin’s case, years).
And there it is: the vote to change the filibuster rules for this legislation fails 52-48 pic.twitter.com/a1qXxHZPwP
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) January 20, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) then moved to reconsider the legislation to propose a rules change allowing for the bill’s advancement with a simple majority of 51 votes. The Senate rejected that maneuver 52 to 48, with two Democrats, Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), joining all 50 Republicans in opposition.
Presumably, Schumer fantasized that Manchin and Sinema, who both voted for the federal takeover of elections, would now vote to destroy the filibuster in order to get their way. They did not. Expectedly.
The late-evening vote amounted to a bitter but unsurprising finale for the Democratic voting rights effort on Capitol Hill, a campaign backed by top party leaders and pushed by key elements of its coalition even as Manchin and Sinema repeatedly made clear they would not weaken the 60-vote rule, defending it as a tool to protect minority-party rights and promote bipartisanship in U.S. democracy.
But Schumer and other top Democrats were determined to push forward with a floor confrontation regardless, even as it promised to expose bitter divisions inside their own party rather than amplify a GOP blockade that they have described as an existential threat to democracy.
Following the final nail in the Biden agenda’s coffin, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell astutely noted the import of protecting the filibuster no matter who is in the White House.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday defended the Senate’s rule and said that Republicans would continue their track record of upholding the legislative filibuster, which he called the “essence of the Senate,” the next time they’re in the majority. “It’s pretty safe to say this is the biggest day in the history of the Senate,” McConnell said. The Kentucky Republican, without naming them, congratulated Manchin and Sinema for their “courage” and bearing in mind “that in the very near future the shoe might be on the other foot.”
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Schumer is such an insufferable putz. There are few public figures as loathsome as him.
Spot on. His smarmy demeanor, bilious rancor of diction and the act of peering over his readers has turned my stomach for many, many moons.
Lots of Up votes for your comment.
One thing his stunt did reveal in BRIGHT-CAN’T-MISS-IT relief. Democrats mean NOT ONE WORD of their oaths of office (Article VI). Not. One. Word.
Crying Chuck better look over his shoulder for AOC. She has eyes on his seat.
Everyone, except the left, gets to go home and claim a W. Schumer probably doesn’t face a strong primary challenge….”Hey, I tried folks”. Sinenema…”I voted for voting right but maintaining the rules is more important to the country in the long term”.
Democrats who really though it was a bad idea, but still want a job, got to cast a vote that they knew wouldn’t change anything.
Republicans held firm and stopped a federal take over of elections, that likely would have faced serious Constitutional issues.
Don’t forget, Sinema represents a state that, except for mechanical chicanery, would be bright red… and I’m pretty sure she knows it.
Schumer is one of those people where, if I ever encountered him in person, it would take every fiber of my being to keep smacking them around. He just has it look about him that he needs it. He reminds me very much of a young man I went to high school with. I wanted to do the same thing to him.
Interestingly enough the kid from high school went on to be a federal judge. I encountered him at a couple of my high school reunions. The urge to smack him around was, if anything stronger.
Schumer is a Communist. Schumer was a Communist back in college and hasn’t changed since. He is devoted to the destruction of the United States of America. Period.
Interestingly enough, that’s why I haven’t bothered with most of my HS reunions.. I’m still friends with those who I was friends with back then and too many people who I want to smack otherwise there.
Aw, come on. He’s just a regular guy like the rest of us, taking his fun where he can get it, pulling the trigger over and over on a banned assault weapon and obviously hating every minute of it.
So the majority voted in a certain way eh. Can we expect a speech from China Joe along the lines of why is the majority allowed to dictate what happens in the country?
Let’s not forget this is a bipartisan effort. The MSM always loves it when its bipartisan.
Sorry, I’ve got to be that guy. Intact, not in tact.
I love that Senator Sinema wore a red dress, and am reminded of this phrase: Still she persisted.
She’s always in pink when I see her. As in pinko.
“God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.”
― Otto von Bismarck
Pray this continues.
Someone who is unmentioned we should all be thanking is Mitch McConnell.
He made the correct concessions to Joe Manchin and Sinema to win approval for continuing the filibuster and in return the filibuster has not been nuked, and he refused to nuke the filibuster when we had the senate and congress.
I don’t agree with him on everything (I would especially like to know why the military budget doubles every year and how that could be considered conservative) but he knows how the senate works and knows the senators well enough to get this result.
Not to mention keeping squishes on our side in line.
That beats having no filibuster to prevent Biden’s agenda becoming law.
Oh, bullshit. McConnell has been in the way, not in the moment.
Imagine ANY other top Republican in McConnell’s position: we’d be far, far ahead.
Anyone who doesn’t believe McConnell isn’t compromised because of his China $$$, I have a Biden I want to sell you.
First this “CHINA CHINA CHINA” stuff has got to end. China is evil, and it is one of the many political opponents we have in foreign policy. It also has nothing to do with the issue of the senate filibuster and besides the issue of free trade doesn’t have anything to do with any other issue within our borders either.
Proof Xi loves transgenderism or return to planet Earth a location Xi is irrelevant in our internal political battles with Democrats.
Second Mitch McConnell managed to keep every Republican senator including senators from blue states on our side, and managed to get Sinema and Manchin to support us. In addition by saying no to Trump when it was in our interest to get rid of the filibuster he kept it alive for when we need it which is now.
That is what I call a good leader for our side. Sorry he doesn’t make the noise you want whenever you want it made, but I would rather not have Biden’s agenda passed into law with Kamala Harris casting the tie vote.
AOC said that sexism is the only reason to perpetuate the Filly Buster.
You think about it: boy friend or not, she must be very sexually frustrated, if not frigid.
Can you imagine that clown in the sack? Ugh.
I appreciate that Schumer forced vulnerable Senate Dems up for reelection to vote for the destruction of the filibuster so the federal government could take over our elections in violation of the Constitution The ads just write themselves.
True, but I can’t help but feel like this was theater. Schumer is not stupid enough to pursue something he can’t pass and this will greatly help Sinema and Manchin establish their “moderate and reasonable” bonafides in their next election. Thus, all of the publicity.
We can only wonder WHAT the more important votes Sinema and Manchin will exchange for this grand illusion that they stood up for the good of their voters. pfffff.
Not going to help them much if the dems lose the senate.
True, Sinema and Manchin are Dems. It would not help them to lose two more.
But your point above is valid. It just feels like theater to me.
It is theater but good theater is meaningful.
Schumer fears being primaried by AOC from the Left the next time he is up for re-election. The purpose of this dog and pony show was to burnish his progressive credentials in the event of such an AOC attack, or even to forestall it. A bruising primary from AOC would cost Schumer a lot of time, effort, and money even if she’s unsuccessful in ousting him. He’s trying to kill that idea in its cradle.
It was theater, but it is designed to help Schumer fend off AOC in the upcoming June 28 primary – in which only Dem activists vote. That is all Schumer cares about.
AOC has made no mention of running against him. She’s more likely to run for the Senate in 2024, whether she primaries Gillibrand or it is an open seat because Gillibrand decides not to run again.
Wow. So this was so important to the democrats they even had
their whorethe V.P. show up just in case it turned out to be a 50-50 tie. Bet she was just fuming mad while she was announcing the results.
I believe that some of the believed they would win. Some of them cannot understand a world in which they do not get their own way all the time.
Dumb whore. You want to be accurate.
I hope the dems don’t figure out that chasing people into bathrooms with cameras in not the best way to negotiate
I think the professionals know this. But the amateur SJWs will never realize that anything else can possibly be important other than what they themselves want right here and right now.
If Dem activists kill Manchin and Sinema, the state law in both states require that the replacement senator be chosen by the State party apparatus of the same party as the departed senator – in other words the replacement will be a more loyal Democrat.
Send in the best to protect them:
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Chucky if he wasn’t already has turned into quite the Marxist like many of his comrades.
Not true in Arizona, as I read it. The appointed replacement has to be from the same party as the vacant senator, but the appointment is made by the current governor, who at the moment is a Republican.
You’re correct. Every state has its own rules with respect to Senate vacancies, and AZ is a “same party, governor appoints” state.
Some here may remember the mess in Massachusetts. When John Kerry ran for POTUS Mitt Romney was the governor and the Democrat legislature changed the Senate replacement rule the governor can choose whomever to temporary replacement and hold a special election. They changed the rule back a bunch of years later after the election of Senator Scott Brown.
I believe it to be inevitable that the filibuster will go. Eventually a few Republicans will “in the spirit of bipartisanship” vote to eliminate it, or the Democrats will have made a sufficiently successful vote fraud campaign.