The Democrats were overjoyed when Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their special elections in January. With the control of the Senate, the opportunity arose to aggressively enforce Joe Biden's political goals.
But Joe Manchin (and Kyrsten Sinema) created obstacles to these goals. This weekend the West Virginia Senator said he would vote against the For the People Act.
Manchin's actions worry many democratic lawmakers. That list includes longtime South Carolina MP Jim Clyburn. Clyburn stormed Manchin during an appearance on CNN Monday night.
The Democrat told host Erin Burnett: "I think Senator Manchin needs to look carefully at what he's saying here. He's not talking about voting against For the People. He talks about denying other Democratic senators the opportunity to vote on a very critical issue. "
“I would say Senator Manchin that you have told us what you are for and against. How about if you put forward the law that you would like to see passed? Let us see your bill on the right to vote and uphold the integrity of our democracy. We are playing a very dangerous game here. If I hadn't studied history all my life, maybe I wouldn't think the way I think and feel the way I feel. The fact that these are the largest empires in the world has perished due to decadence and the many avoidance of problems. It's a whole theory that Nero played his violin when Rome was on fire. But what we have is a modern fiddling around in the Senate and this democracy is on fire. "
Watch, South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn lights into Joe Machin. pic.twitter.com/lReTZmfJ00
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) June 8, 2021
Manchin has apparently been planning for months to cope with a democratic bill. He is sure that he will continue to draw heat to make this the subject of which he will raise his flag.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.