It was interesting to see the reactions of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, to Chuck Schumer’s crazy attack on Republicans. This despite him being able vote for a temporary debt limit rise.
Manchin, who was standing behind Schumer while he spoke, made classic faces. Manchin even ran out and walked away from him, before calling him out to the reporters. He also reportedly told Schumer that his remarks attacking Republicans were “f**king stupid.”
Manchin wasn’t digging Schumer’s victory lap. He gets up and departs. pic.twitter.com/Yd3z4zUC11
— SCUBA MIKE🤿 (@mescubamike) October 8, 2021
It looks like Schumer is about to drop the other shoe, proving Manchin wrong.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has now written Joe Biden a formal letter saying that he will not sign aboard another extension in the future, given Schumer’s nasty rant and because he was very concerned “that another reckless spending bill will hurt America.”
Yesterday night, Republicans filled in the Senate’s leadership void that had been causing problems since January. If your all-Democratic government becomes a new crisis, I won’t be able to provide this assistance again. [….]
Amazingly, even though Republicans helped Americans out of his crisis, Senator Schumer continued to compound his mistakes.
In a strange spectacle last night, Senator Schumer broke into a tirade that was so angry and partisan that even Democratic Senators felt embarrassed for him. The entire episode exemplified and expanded a pattern in Senator Schumer’s angry incompetence.
This childish behaviour only made it more difficult for the Republican members to facilitate this short-term solution. This has further poisoned our well.
I am writing to make it clear that in light of Senator Schumer’s hysterics and my grave concerns about the ways that another vast, reckless, partisan spending bill would hurt Americans and help China, I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement. The time and tools they claim they lack to deal with the debt ceiling via standalone reconciliation are now available to your lieutenants at Capitol Hill. They can’t invent another crisis or ask me for help.
McConnell also did this because he believed it would relieve pressure from the filibuster. They can’t use the debt limit and ‘saving the country’ as an excuse to do in the filibuster. It also removed the argument that Democrats didn’t have time to work out reconciliation to lift the debt limit. They no longer have this excuse. Some Republicans were still unhappy and didn’t even want to give them that, including Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
But Schumer’s actions then united them against him, with even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who had gone along with the procedural vote, ripping Schumer for his nastiness — showing even when you reach out to them, Democrats will still try to stomp on you.
The bigger issue is: Democrats still find themselves in an impasse, but they are able to take a bit longer to get out of it. The Democrats now realize that Republicans are not going to save them.