This news item may have slid under the radar before but it is still of major interest to both sides of the ongoing presidential transition conversation. Joe Manchin sat down for an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News. For the life of us, we have zero idea what he was actually trying to accomplish. There are a few potential strategies at play here.
He said that he would not allow Kamala Harris to push the Senate into any radical plans. If there is a 50/50 tiebreaker and she can press the button for a Green New Deal or socialism? Many are concerned that she will take the opportunity to push Biden’s radical agenda. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III is making his position clear.
This man will not be the 50th vote. There are all sorts of progressive ideas floating in the air right now, whether we are talking about eliminating the legislative filibuster or expanding the size of the Supreme Court.
The Democrats are also hyper-focused on the possibility of winning back the Senate. There are going to be two January runoff elections in Georgia that the GOP has a close eye on.
Manchin is also trying to interfere with the latest GOP talking points bout the dangers that are associated with a united Democratic front.
“I commit to you tonight, and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching. I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now because when they talk about whether it be packing the courts, or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” he said.
“I will not vote to pack the courts … and I will not vote to end the filibuster,” Manchin continued. He also said that the radical Democrat proposals, such as Medicare For All and defunding the police, were non-starters. They have not received any support from members of the Senate Democratic Conference.
The potential strategies here are as follows. Manchin could be the Democrat who is forced to counter all of the GOP messaging in Georgia during the weeks leading up to the runoff. He is also being used as a human shield. The more moderate members of the party want to know that they are not going to be throwing their weight behind progressive policies if the Senate runoff in Georgia goes their way.
Manchin may also be looking to hand the GOP an olive branch of sorts. This is his way of letting them know that they have nothing to worry about.
Even if Biden and Harris are looking to push some progressive policies through, the GOP can still stand in their way. It is possible that Manchin is trying to get everyone to work together so that a new era of bipartisanship can begin.
The final potential scenario should scare the Democrats a lot. Manchin might be signaling that he is willing to switch parties if all of the radical policies keep being brought up. Maybe he is firing a shot across the bow of Pelosi and Schumer? They cannot continue to keep controlling the messaging and the agenda like this.
We can’t read Manchin’s mind and we are sure that all of these ideas have figured into his thought process. If we had to guess? The second scenario is the most likely one. The third scenario is more in play than people may think, however. If you notice, Manchin was not willing to rule out that distinct possibility.
NRSC senior advisor Matt Whitlock isn’t buying any of it. “Yes everyone should trust Joe Manchin, who voted against Judge Barrett, voted for impeachment, voted to block COVID relief several times, and voted against tax cuts. Nobody should trust Joe Manchin,” he said. Meanwhile, his own party is already getting annoyed with him.
Yes everyone should trust Joe Manchin, who voted against Judge Barrett, voted for impeachment, voted to block COVID relief several times, and voted against tax cuts.
Nobody should trust Joe Manchin. https://t.co/Hktkr6E3PK
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 10, 2020
“Stop worrying about progressives, this might be the reason we don’t win the Senate races in Georgia. Good grief,” said Ilhan Omar.
Stop worrying about progressives, this might be the reason we don’t win the Senate races in Georgia.
Good grief 🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/r45ibpRs7K
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 10, 2020
We cannot wait to see how this one plays out. Mitch McConnell on line one, please.