Let’s just say the Democrat Civil War over Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill isn’t going well.
Both the progressives and moderates have been fighting over this bill. Moderates are refusing to pay the high price and want the bipartisan bill on infrastructure passed first. The progressives want the huge price tag and more, and they’re willing to hold the infrastructure bill hostage to do it.
The situation got even worse after leftist activists began harassing both Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), with activists even following Sinema into the ladies’ room at Arizona State University, where she teaches, and filming while she was in there.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reportedly refused to sign aboard a letter condemning the harassment of Sinema — unless it also included some language in there criticizing her for her position on the bill. Talk about small and petty. How can you not support your fellow senator when she’s harassed. There should be some care for the women.
Sanders did not stop there, however. He birddogged Manchin in West Virginia today with an opinion piece in the West Virginia Gazette-Mail. This was basically an effort on Sanders’ part to get West Virginians to pressure Manchin.
He began his usual spiel about how to attack the rich and evil. He then pointed out Manchin.
Every poll supports this bill. Yet, the political problem we face is that in a 50-50 Senate we need every Democratic senator to vote “yes.” We now have only 48. Two Democratic senators are still in opposition: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va).
It is an important moment in American modern history. This is a moment of historic significance to help the Vermont, West Virginia and other working families and make policy that works for everyone, not just for the few.
Except that Sanders isn’t from West Virginia and doesn’t have the first idea about what they think. It could also be possible that if you attempt to subvert a senator from his home state, this might make Sanders more disoriented and less likely to do the things you desire.
Manchin’s response just eviscerates Sanders.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) October 15, 2021
“This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state,” Manchin said. “Millions of jobs are open, supply chains are strained and unavoidable inflation taxes are draining workers’ hard-earned wages as the price of gasoline and groceries continues to climb. Senator Sanders’ answer is to throw more money on an already over-heated economy while 52 other senators have grave concerns about this approach. Let me be very clear: Congress must exercise caution when approving additional spending. I won’t vote for recklessly expanding government programs. No op-ed from a self-declared Independent socialist is going to change that.”
Oh, my, that’s something, especially that ending, pointedly calling him a socialist, and pointing out that Sanders isn’t even a Democrat. But also reminding him that it’s the 52 senators objecting who are the majority, not Sanders and his progressives. I’m thinking that Joe Manchin might just know a little more about what West Virginians might want than does Bernie Sanders. He knows he’s in an energy state, something Sanders doesn’t understand.
Manchin’s statement not only skewered Sanders, but also suggested that he may have killed part of their climate agenda by saying he wouldn’t support the plan they propose to encourage people away from fossil fuels. That’s infuriating those on the left, but the Republicans and folks who care about not destroying our energy independence would likely embrace that position. That’s great news, assuming it holds.
But once again, the progressives just can’t stop shooting themselves in the foot with their tactics, which only harden the moderates all the more.