Pelosi Dismisses Manchin’s Objections, Urges Senate to Act to Defend Election Integrity

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged the Senate to approve a bill that would constitute the largest expansions of voter protections yet, dismissing the objections of Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), who vowed not to vote for the measure on partisan grounds and highlighted problems with the Democrats‘ ability to pass major legislation with a razor-thin majority. read more

Jaime Harrison Chides Joe Manchin Over Voter Rights: “We Can’t Leave This to the Whims of Mitch McConnell”

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At one point, it looked like Jaime Harrison could take out Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. But in the long run, Graham retained his seat and now Harrison serves Democrats as the chair of the DNC.

During a Sunday appearance on MSNBC, Harrison was asked about Joe Manchin’s lack of support for the For The People Act. He chided the West Virginia Democrat for making Mitch McConnell more powerful with his vote. read more

“If You’re Afraid of Trump Get Out of Office” Dem. Sen. Jon Tester Rips GOP Colleagues Opposed to 1/6 Investigation

Following the events of January 6th, Republicans signaled a willingness to understand how the insurrection happened. Terrified of Trump, though, most of them have changed their minds on that matter.

Mitch McConnell understands that a commission will be very bad politically for Republicans. So he is urging them to vote against the bill. And that Republican resistance has driven some Democrats nut, specifically Montana’s Jon Tester. read more

Manchin Criticizes McConnell Over 1/6 Commission

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) has criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for what he perceives as politicization of a bill to create a commission to investigate the Capitol riot of January 6, which took place after former President Donald Trump urged his supporters to overturn the electoral certification of then-President-elect Joe Biden‘s win. read more

WATCH: Joy Reid Blasts Joe Manchin For Thinking He’s In Control of the Snate

January’s Georgia run-off represented a major moment for the Democratic party. The wins of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock gave the party control of the White House, Senate and House.

An elated Joe Biden was ready to make good on a number of his biggest promises. But as he has attempted to do so, there has been some push-back from people within his own party. And the biggest obstacle has been Joe Manchin. MSNBC’s Joy Reid took the West Virginia senator to task during a Monday interview with Pete Buttigieg. read more

Chris Hayes Blasts Joe Manchin For Meddling With the Wildly Popular Stimulus Plan

Not all Democratic lawmakers are on equal footing. Those in blue states could be reelected in perpetuity regardless of what decisions they make. But those who serve in red states have to be much more careful about their choices.

This is certainly true of Joe Manchin. Manchin has continued to be elected in West Virginia despite the fact that the state went for Donald Trump by nearly 40 points.

The current stimulus package, though, is wildly popular with both Republicans and Democrats. Still Manchin pushed to limit the people who would be eligible for a $1,400 check. And that drew a strong rebuke from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

The host began, “The public understands this bill will help a lot of people who really need it. all of this said, why on Earth would you take steps to make it less effective and less popular? And yet today that is exactly what Senate Democrats were insisting on.”

Hayes continued:

“Around 12 million fewer adults and 5 million fewer kids would get the stimulus payments under the new Biden Senate compromise, according to preliminary estimates. A lot of those adults are voters who will now get less in direct cash assistance from President Biden than they did from Donald Trump. Why would Democratic Senators, like Joe Manchin, and Jean Shaheen push for this to happen? Cut Joe Manchin a ton of slack. The guy got re-elected in West Virginia, trumpiest state in the union. But explain this one to me?” read more

Opinion: COVID Relief Fiasco Reveals McConnellism Rivals Trumpism In Disregard for Americans’ Welfare

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Americans have been living under a political system arguably best characterized as a tyranny of the minority for some time.  Certainly, for the past four years the nation has suffered the insidious rule of a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million tallies in the 2016 election, just as the nation was hornswoggled into a devastatingly costly war—in human, financial, and geopolitical terms—and financial disaster from 2000 to 2008 by the Bush-Cheney regime, which also sneaked into office having lost the popular vote.  And even when the majority vote was able to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it had to do so in the context of still-existent gerrymandered districting that meant in many cases, in down-ballot races, Republican candidates could win local elections in states that still featured an overwhelming Democratic electorate. read more

Republican-Led Senate Passes Motion Committing to Peaceful Transition of Power

The Republican-controlled Senate passed a resolution on committing to a peaceful transition of power after the November presidential election, though the measure was introduced by a Democrat.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who is often considered the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, proposed the resolution following President Donald Trump comment’s refusing to commit to leaving office.

The resolution “

reaffirms its commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States” and “intends that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.” read more

Kavanaugh’s Fate Totally Depends on Collins and Murkowski

Just like with last year’s vote on Obamacare, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will all come down to Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Two GOP senators must vote against Kavanaugh for his confirmation to fail, and these two women senators are the only ones in their party ever to vote against the wishes of Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.

As we reported last night, several moderate Republicans remain undecided on Kavanaugh. But we can’t expect Jeff Flake to buck the party line, and Bob Corker has already announced he will vote yes on Kavanaugh.

Flake talks a good game but he has never had the political courage to back up his words with actions. Therefore if Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination is to be defeated it will have to be done by Collins and Murkowski.

Many people believe that so-called “red-state Democrats” are also undecided on Kavanaugh but that isn’t really true. They want to appear undecided so they can go back home and tell their constituents that they are bi-partisan and don’t always follow the Democratic party line.

However, they only vote against the Democratic party line when it is safe to do so.

A case in point is Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He votes with Democrats just 70% of the time. But never does he cast the DECIDING vote against Democrats.

In other words, he will vote with Republicans only if it is clear that a bill will pass anyway and his vote is essentially meaningless. And then he goes back to West Virginia and publicizes how he voted with the Republicans, increasing his popularity. This is why his Democratic Senate seat is safe this year in the state that voted for Donald Trump by a wider margin than any other state.

It was widely reported that Manchin huddled last night with Collins, Murkowski and Flake. This was good publicity for him in an election year. It made it seem like the four senators were all undecided, as if their votes on Kavanaugh could go either way.

The truth is that Manchin, like most other red-state Democrats (the exceptions being Claire McCaskill and Doug Jones), is waiting to see how Republicans vote before announcing where he stands on Kavanaugh.

This means he’s waiting to see what Collins and Murkowski do before saying which way he will vote.

What’s interesting is that Lisa Murkowski tends to look to Susan Collins for guidance in these situations. If Collins decides to go against Kavanaugh, it’s a good bet that Murkowski will also. (This is especially true since Murkowski is already getting a lot of pressure from Native Alaskans to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.)

What will Susan Collins do? read more