The one thing standing in the way of an out-of-control socialist Congress is the filibuster. To us normal people, we might not know what this thing is. It is a rule that lets the minority party in the Senate block a vote on a bill, unless 60 senators vote for it. In times past, a senator would talk for hours to ensure a normal vote wasn’t held.
With the Senate’s 50/50 split, the filibuster is key in helping Republicans block the Democrats’ worst plans, like their radical changes to our election systems, the “Equality” Act which would violate our religious rights, and Joe Biden’s disastrous immigration plans. The problem was, if enough Democrats voted to eliminate the filibuster, there’d be nothing stopping the left was destroying our country.
Sen. Joe Manchin was only one of two Democrats who vowed to protect the filibuster. He was adamant, on numerous occasions, that he would not vote to get rid of it. But suddenly, after just a short time, his views on the rule seem to be changing.
“The filibuster should be painful,” Manchin said. “It really should be painful. And we’ve made it more comfortable over the years, not intentionally, [maybe] it just evolved into that. Maybe it has to be more painful. Maybe you have to stand there. There’s things we can talk about.”…
“I’d make it harder to get rid of the filibuster,” Manchin claimed. “I’m supporting the filibuster. I’m going to continue to support the filibuster. I think it defines who we are as a Senate. I’ll make it harder to get rid of it, but it should be painful if you want to use it…
“Now, if you want to make it a little bit more painful, make him stand there and talk, I’m willing to look at any way we can,” Manchin said. [Source: Daily Wire]
Pundits are trying to spin Manchin’s comments whichever way suits them. It’s hard to tell what he means by making the filibuster “harder” to use. But it sounds like he wants to set a policy where it would be difficult for Republicans to use their rule, when they need it.
Manchin frequently finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He’s a moderate Democrats at a time when the party is lurching to the far left. But he can’t embrace Bernie Sanders’ style liberalism, when his home state went for Trump in both elections. He needs to find a middle ground that will make Democrats happy, but also West Virginia voters who can eject him any time they want.
So, it seems like he’s trying to have it both ways: support the filibuster, but make it “harder” to use. But his comments might mean he’s only a few weeks away from openly supporting its death. Without a filibuster, though, the radical left will pass every idiotic policy they want—upsetting Manchin’s supporters back him.
He better make his position clear, if he wants to keep his job.