A video of a Zoom call hosted by centrist group No Labels showed Sen. Manchin in conference with numerous big donors, shedding light on his political agenda. A group called The Intercept obtained the video showing that the West Virginia senator is in a position where he could put pressure on moderate Republican senators to influence voting on legislation.
Although the video shows Manchin looking to round up GOP votes for the Jan 6 congressional investigation commission, he argued that the GOP’s refusal to investigate the Jan. 6 putsch, is enabling the left’s argument that bipartisanship is impossible. Manchin argued that if Republicans won’t even agree to investigate a threat to their own lives, it only emboldens the far left, which was how he referred to his fellow Democratic lawmakers.
Manchin has turned himself into one of the most powerful figures in American politics today but it is darkly amusing to see what he does with that power. He has been accused of using his position to solicit corrupt favors from the opposition, which in his case is the GOP.
GOP Senator McConnell Thwarts Manchin’s Attempt to Use The GOP
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refuses to become a willing party to Manchin’s political manipulations. He publicly made it clear that the GOP does not and will not support Sen. Manchin’s proposed amendments to bills put forward by the Democratic. The latter purports that he is promoting bipartisan agreements in Congress.
The West Virginia senator seems to enjoy the fact that he is able to destabilize the Democratic Party’s powers as the majority party. As it is, and with the filibuster rule still in place, the Democrats need at least 10 GOP votes in order to pass a senate legislation.
Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat prefers to keep the filibuster rule in place, which the oppositionists are using to oppose much of President Biden’s agenda.
Manchin Does a Turnabout with His Stance on Voting Rights Bill
In an op-ed he published recently, Manchin declared that he will oppose the “For the People Act,” the comprehensive voting rights bill being pushed for by the Democrats’ The article containing the declaration appeared shortly after Senator Manchin received campaign donations from influential pro-business lobbyists, particularly the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The op-ed and the donation cannot be regarded as not linked, since the group has not made any political contributions to Manchin’s campaign funds for nearly a decade.
After being exposed by the Zoom video obtained by “The Intercept”, the latest action from Sen. Manchin is apparently aimed at trying to save face. He is now proposing amendments to the For the People Act , which in effect, are in support of the major voting rights being pushed for by his fellow Democrats.