Chuck Schumer was worried that he wouldn’t be able to pass his radical agenda.
But a key senator decided to stop pretending to be a moderate.
These five words made Chuck Schumer’s wildest dreams come true.
The Senate was designed to keep America stable and not rubber-stamp every bill Congress sends them unless there is a broad amount of support.
Currently, the Senate is exactly even but the Democrats are trying to pass radical measures through Congress without bipartisan support.
But despite claiming to be a moderate who wants to work things out in a bipartisan way, Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is willing to provide his key vote to help them pass their measures.
In a CNN interview on “State of the Union” with Dana Bash, Manchin said “I am not a roadblock,” claiming that he’s just trying to keep the system working.
Bash started out by noting that many other Democrats see Manchin as an obstacle in passing their agenda, which they are trying to push through before the midterm elections.
“So they believe that you’re one of the main roadblocks on getting those goals accomplished. How do you respond to that?” Bash asked.
“I’m not a roadblock at all,” Manchin pushed back, saying that the best way to keep a majority is to govern well. “The best politics is good government. I can’t believe that people believe that if you just do it my way, that will give us the momentum to get through the next election.
“We won’t give this system a chance to work,” Manchin continued. “I am not going to be part of blowing up this Senate of ours or basically this democracy of ours or the republic that we have … The House was designed to be hot as a fire cracker, we were designed to cool off, and that’s the founding fathers. It was a brilliant, brilliant strategy they looked at, so why can’t we try to make this work?”
There are already signs that Manchin is shifting his views on the filibuster.
Back in March, he said in an interview with Fox News:
“The filibuster should be painful,” Manchin said. “It really should be painful. And we’ve made it more comfortable over the years, not intentionally, [maybe] it just evolved into that. Maybe it has to be more painful. Maybe you have to stand there. There’s things we can talk about.”
The Democrats would need to remove the filibuster in order for them to pass their more controversial bills like adding D.C. as an additional state.
While Manchin claims that he’s trying to preserve the system, he’s completely willing to undermine it.
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