Bernie Sanders Carpet Bombs Joe Manchin as Democrat Backstabbing Intensifies – Opinion

RedState reported recently that Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia’s senator has pulled out all the stops for Democrats hoping to pass a new reconciliation bill. Progressives, including those at the White House, were planning on a slightly trimmed-down version of the “Build Back Better” agenda, still full of “climate” spending and tax increases. With last month’s inflation numbers reaching a staggering 9.1 percent, though, Manchin quickly changed course, recognizing the economic ruin on the horizon.

This decision sent his Democratic colleagues into fits and rage. The Sunday news broadcasts continue to show the crying, moaning and crying. CNN’s Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont made a speech attacking Manchin and his personal life.

Sen. Bernie Sanders accused Sen. Joe Manchin of “intentionally sabotaging” President Biden’s agenda after the West Virginia Democrat pulled his support from legislation that included initiatives to battle climate change and raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals.

“He has sabotaged the president’s agenda,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”

“If you check the record, six months ago, I made it clear that you have people like Manchin, Sinema to a lesser degree, who are intentionally sabotaging the president’s agenda, what the American people, what a majority of us in the Democratic caucus want. Nothing new about this,” he told host Martha Raddatz, referring to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Sanders is nothing if he isn’t delusionally confident in the supposed popularity of his quasi-communist views. Do a majority of the “American people” actually want inflationary spending on boondoggle green subsidies, coupled with corporate tax increases that will be passed on to consumers? That’s a ridiculous assertion and one that ignores that inflation continues to be the top concern of Americans.

The entire idea that Manchin and Sinema are “intentionally sabotaging” the president’s agenda belays the fact that their choices on spending and taxes are completely logical. If Democrat policies weren’t objectively harmful, they would garner more support. Manchin could easily become a Republican to ensure his re-election. That he remains a Democrat is proof enough that he’s at least attempting to operate in good faith. Why bother with clowns such as Sanders when you can deal with them?

The Vermont senator continued his attacks by accusing Manchin of being bought off by “fossil fuel money,” before taking direct shots at West Virginia itself.

“And the problem was that we continue to talk to Manchin like he was serious. He didn’t. This is a guy who is a major recipient of fossil fuel money, a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires,” Sanders said…

…“Look, that’s the same nonsense that Manchin has been talking about for a year,” Sanders said, calling West Virginia “one of the poorest states in this country.”

I’m just not sure what Sanders is hoping to accomplish here, and given his pathetic record of legislative governance despite being in the Senate for decades, perhaps the answer is “nothing.” Democrat socialists have no ability to perceive nuance in policy discussions. Instead they believe their position is always most popular across the board, regardless of evidence.

Sanders and his colleagues are displaying derangement with desperation. They won’t admit it, but they know Democrats are about to get wiped out by the red wave in November, with their dreams of a progressive utopia getting washed away in the process. This reconciliation bill is their last shot, not just until 2024, but well into the 2030s–given the electoral shifts happening and the Senate maps in future cycles.

Manchin has all the power, however. He doesn’t have to care what a geriatric socialist from Vermont thinks. His path can be followed, even if his party keeps attacking him. On the other side, the answer for those like Sanders will always be that they weren’t radical enough, which is bad news for Democrats going forward. Call it the “slamming one’s head into a brick wall” strategy.

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