Tuesday Night Open Thread: In the Short Term, We’re Pretty Much Stuck With Manchin

He’d rather be the most powerful — or at least, the most visible — Democratic Senator than the least powerful Republican one. His current term doesn’t end until 2025, he’s worth an estimated five million dollars, and if he wants to spend his days fighting to keep his constituents poor, stupid, and desperate, well…

At the start of the 116th Congress, Manchin was the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and a member of the Senate committees on Armed Services, Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans…

Sure, it would be easier (for some values of ‘easy’) if President Biden could just have the Secret Service drag Manchin into the back room, show him a photo of his wife / grandkids / dog with a laser target superimposed, and dictate an I have suddenly changed my mind about BBB, which is the kindest, warmest, most generous bill I have ever met statement for him to sign. But we don’t do stuff like that, because we’re Democrats. Let us not forget that a refusal to resort to action-movie authoritarian tactics is *why* we’re Democrats.

And then there’s the GOP Death Cult alternative to Manchin:

Not as immediately satisfying as painting my face and hoisting the Jolly Roger, but I’ll settle.

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