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And it's back to no, according to yesterday's interview with West Virginia MetroNews Radio. Jennifer Psaki was just too mean.
Manchin said he would not say "the real reason" talks failed.
But when asked what that was, he said: "The bottom line is ... it's staff. It's staff purely. ... It's not the president. It's staff. And they drove some things and put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable."
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one of the major critics of the bill due to concerns over increased spending and inflation. Organizers say Manchin told them in a meeting he is not hearing directly from West Virginians about how the Child Tax Credit has helped them.
JoAnna Vance, West Virginia recovery fellow for the American Friends Service Committee of West Virginia, said she has gathered more than 150 stories showing how the credit has helped residents pay for groceries and utility bills.
"Some people that I talked to, I'm so happy for them," Vance remarked. "They got to move out to of their parents' house with their kids because of the Child Tax Credit. They got a car. But then if the Child Tax Credit isn't extended, then how are they going to pay for their house? How are they going to pay for their car?"
During the interview on Monday, Manchin said he told Schumer in July that he would only support $1.5 trillion in spending, or up to $1.75 trillion with improved tax reform elements.
The current proposal is too close to the initial one, he said. Every time Manchin and the White House took something out, the bill went back to the House of Representatives and "they put everything back in," he said.
As we work through the text of the legislation I would hope all of us will continue to deal in good faith and do what is right for the future of the American people.— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) October 28, 2021
Nor could it have anything to do with the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year he earns from Enersystems, a purveyor of "coarse gob", an especially polluting kind of coal (the ash is full of mercury). I mean that would be downright corrupt, and besides he's plenty rich already.
No, it's really the inexcusable Psaki. Josh Marshall nailed it down yesterday: when Psaki was drafting the White House statement of last week, the one where President Biden announced his confidence that he and Manchin were making progress and would be able to finalize a deal, Manchin wanted her to add that Biden was making progress with Kyrsten Sinema too, because the statement as drafted make it look as if he, Manchin, was the only obstacle to the bill, though in fact he, Manchin really was the only obstacle, and Psaki didn't do it.
That's the reason Manchin decided to blow up the whole thing:
In other words, in what was actually a positive and cordial statement, Biden pointed to Manchin by name, kinda sorta implicitly saying that Manchin was the hold up but that he was optimistic they’d get to a deal. This apparently set Manchin off and led him to torpedo the negotiations and basically the President’s whole domestic agenda.... The level of pettiness on display here may be difficult to comprehend or believe. But as far as it goes I do believe it.
Matty had an outstandingly stupid take:
Basic persuasion is like basic parenting: don’t reward bad behavior with attention.— Anat Shenker-Osorio (@anatosaurus) December 20, 2021
LOL Matt https://t.co/yjzKg5RZnh The coalition worked together to make a fabulous dinner with five pies and Manchin is the drunk uncle threatening to pee on the turkey.— Condemn That Shit ASAP (@Yastreblyansky) December 21, 2021
Cross-posted at The Rectification of Names.