Don’t Fall for Joe Manchin’s Pledge Not to Vote for “Crazy Stuff”
In an appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report” on Monday, moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin sought to allay fears that he would support the progressive agenda.
To make his point, Manchin reminded viewers he had voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October 2018 following a bitter Senate battle that sharply divided the nation. While Republicans were pleased with his choice, Manchin’s decision was likely more opportunistic than altruistic. He was facing a tough fight for reelection the following month in the bright red state of West Virginia where President Trump had won two years earlier by a margin of 42 percent.
So why did Manchin feel it was necessary to tell Fox News’ viewers that he would not vote for “crazy stuff” like packing the Supreme court or ending the filibuster?”
As we all know, two senate seats, currently occupied by Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, will be decided by runoff races on January 5. (I posted about these special elections here.)
Although both Perdue and Loeffler are expected to hold onto their seats, anything can happen. Republicans currently control 50 seats. If they lose one, they will still hold a slim majority. If both seats are lost, the majority will go to whichever party wins the presidency.
In a 50-50 Senate, ties are broken by the vice president. If Biden is declared the winner and the Democrats take these two seats, there would be nothing to stop them from enacting their radical agenda. In addition to a stacked Supreme Court, statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to provide the Party with four new Democratic senators, the elimination of the 60-vote rule, and every other item on their liberal fantasy list could become a reality.
Manchin told Brett Baier, “50-50 means there’s a tie. But if one senator does not vote on the Democratic side, there is no tie and there is no bill. So I commit to you tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that.”
Several days ago, it was rumored that current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would try to convince Manchin to switch party affiliation.
When Baier asked him about this, Manchin replied, “I’m a proud moderate conservative Democrat. Maybe there’s not many of us left, but I can tell you what this country wants is moderation.”
In other remarks, Manchin said, “Whatever the message was, it was wrong for this many people to be split, for us not to be able to have a message that didn’t scare the bejeezus out of people…And when you’re talking about the Green New Deal and all this socialism, that’s not who we are as a Democratic Party…We’ve been tagged if you’ve got a D by your name, you must be for all the crazy stuff and I’m not.”
Many conservatives question the motives behind Manchin’s comments.
Dan Bongino addressed the subject on his Tuesday podcast and concluded: “Joe Manchin is a weak phony…He takes a few “principled” decisions, but whenever they [Democrats] need him to be their crony, Joe Manchin falls right in line. This guy Manchin is the duke of [email protected]#$%. The duke…Here’s what’s going on behind the scenes. The Democrats are desperate to take control of the Senate, because they want to enact the most progressive…nonsense you’ve ever seen.”
At the same time, “Chuck Schumer is terrified of being primaried by AOC in New York,” said Dan. “So, he’s catering to the progressive left saying, ‘You don’t need AOC, I’ll be your progressive monarch here, and I’ll push all this stuff through. Just give me the opportunity.'”
Dan continues: “He [Schumer] tells Manchin…go out and dance on Fox News and take the edge off the Georgia races and let people know (a wink and a nod), you will not stand for this Joe. If we [Democrats] win those two seats and it’s 50-50, you will not stand for this progressive agenda.”
“Do you think that was some principled move yesterday on Fox?” Dan asks. “Joe Manchin – standing up for what’s right.”
Imagining the gist of Manchin’s conversation with Schumer ahead of his appearance on Fox, Dan said:
So the craziest stuff you guys want to do, like pack the Supreme Court and end the filibuster, I’m going to stand against the two craziest things, but when you need me for the Green New Deal, (another wink and a nod) I’ll be there for you buddy.
Manchin’s role will be to put voters at ease.
‘I’m Joe Manchin. I am the wall, the obstacle, the bulwark against these crazy liberals. I’m a sane Democrat. So don’t worry about voting for Democrats in Georgia, because even if we win, I will stop the nonsense.’
Summing up, Dan tells viewers, “Manchin’s a fraud. Schumer’s a fraud. And that was done intentionally yesterday…Don’t fall for it.”
(Relevant portion begins at 28:45.)