Schumer Suffers Crushing Defeat on Filibuster, as Manchin and Sinema Stand Firm – Opinion

I’m not sure what Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thought he was going to get by pushing a vote on the Democratic effort to federalize elections (which they call ‘voting rights’) and on the filibuster.

Schumer knew that he was likely to get a “no” on the filibuster from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). They’ve only been holding fast on the subject for months. Both also were very firm on the subject in speeches — Sinema earlier in the week and Manchin earlier on Wednesday. It wasn’t happening, they said.

Schumer nevertheless decided to make an electoral suicide and got the victory tonight.

Here’s the vote.

Sinema, Manchin, and Sinema voted in favor of the Republicans for the continuation filibuster.

These are just a few of the reactions that the news has elicited from politicians.

Schumer doesn’t seem to get that he just lost, and that’s it.

Joe Biden also lived in fantasy land.

Bernie Sanders, I-VT (perhaps the most vehement) was perhaps the furiousest. This is lunacy parade. Sanders said, “We can’t get our principles.” Even though everyone has the right to vote and the Democrats’ bills aren’t about that at all.

It’s a very good day when this kind of mania doesn’t prevail, and sanity prevails. Democrats don’t even get how this will help them because they are going to lose the Senate and be in the minority after the November election. You will then see them flip again, discussing the importance of the filibuster.

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