Democrats got some bad news.
It could very well affect the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections.
Chuck Schumer got hit with this huge setback that made Republicans breathe easy.
Democrats are trying to move S.1.—what Republicans call the “Corrupt Politicians Act” through the Senate.
By designating it S.1., Chuck Schumer signaled that this is his top legislative priority.
Republicans argue this bill is a massive federal power grab by the Democrats to guarantee Republicans never win another election again.
This bill will gut the ability of states to enforce voter ID laws while at the same time opening the flood gates of mass aiming of unsolicited ballots to every voter in all 50 states.
The legislation would also mandate ballot harvesting in every state plus the District of Columbia.
Republicans claim this legislation will lead to massive fraud and a permanent Democrat Party ruling class.
But Democrats can only pass the bill by eliminating the filibuster.
That requires all 50 Democrats to unify so Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote.
Those hopes of nuking the filibuster and ramming the “Corrupt Politicians Act” through Congress on a party line vote were dashed when West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin indicated he supported another bill named after the deceased far-left Congressman John Lewis.
This legislation would reinstate a portion of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down which forced mainly Republican-run states in the South to seek Department of Justice approval to pass new election security measures.
“I believe Democrats and Republicans feel very strongly about protecting the ballot boxes allowing people to protect the right to vote, making it accessible, making it fair, and making it secure and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, if we apply that to all 50 states and territories, it’s something that can be done — it should be done,” Manchin said in an interview with ABC News. “It could be done bipartisan to start getting confidence back in our system.”
But Manchin made it clear supporting this law was just window dressing because he did not support gutting the filibuster to pass any bills relating to the Democrats’ desire to rig elections by making structural changes to election practices that made it impossible for Republicans to win.
“No matter what was brought up it was partisan vote, 9-9,” Manchin added. “This is one of the most — I think — important things that we can do to try to bring our country back together and if we do it in a partisan way, it’s not going to be successful I believe.”
Chuck Schumer and other Democrat senators running for re-election will now have to explain to a disappointed base why a Democrat majority – even if it is the barest majority possible—could not pass their top legislative priority.
And with Republicans needing to flip just one seat in the Senate to reclaim the majority, even a slightly demoralized Democrat base next year could lead to a change of power in the Senate.
“If you do it for one time you basically destroy the Senate as we know it,” Manchin said.
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