West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin hasn’t been acting very much like a Democrat in recent weeks, and his party isn’t very happy about it. Manchin, who has decades in public service, is sometimes what voters have called a Democrat in Name Only.
This puts Schumer in the precarious position of not being trusted by either side and if you thought making Republicans angry was dangerous, just wait till you find out what happens when you upset a Democrat’s plan.
This issue was demonstrated clearly by Joe Manchin stood against the party’s left-wing stance and its leftist leader, Majority Leader Charles Schumer. The sparks flew after Schumer launched a pointed diatribe against Republicans on Thursday after the GOP senators temporally increased the debt ceiling as a stop-gap measure.
“Senate Republicans finally recognized that their obstruction was not going to work,” Schumer said. “I thank, very much thank, my Democratic colleagues for showing our unity in solving this Republican-manufactured crisis,” Schumer said according to the Independent Journal Review, going on to make a pointed jab at the Senate Minority Leader. “Despite immense opposition from [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell] and members of his conference, our caucus held together, and we have pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over,” the New York Democrat declared.
It only took about two minutes of this speech for Manchin to have enough. Manchin, who was seated behind the Democrat leader, was burying his head in his hands during Schumer’s seemingly unhinged rant. According to IJR, Manchin at one point stood and shook his head with frustration at his party leader’s speech, and after about two minutes he muttered something and left the chamber.
The West Virginia Democrat’s actions went viral thanks to its mirroring of so many Americans’ feelings. In their interview with the centric Democrat, the New York Post reported that Manchin spoke about his actions moments after he walked out of the Senate chamber.
“I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time,” Manchin said. “We have to de-weaponize. You can’t be playing politics. None of us can — on both sides. Civility is gone,” the senator concluded.
So what do Manchin’s actions mean for the Senate? First and foremost, it means that a precarious position is getting even more unstable. Democrats who seem so ready to leverage their power over the Senate seem to want to forget that they don’t actually have a majority in the upper house of Congress. Republicans, who have 50 members of the Senate are technically the majority. Democrats hold 48 seats and the house’s two Independents caucus with the leftist party, and that combined with a Democrat in the White House, handed the majority honor to the DNC.
The party of progressives have proceeded as if they are actually in the majority, both in the nation and in the Senate, and the truth is, that by polling, voting, and just about any other way to check the numbers, Democrats are in big trouble with the majority of American voters.
Furthermore, Manchin isn’t even the only Democrat senator who stands against the party. Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has joined in Manchin’s frustration and stands against some of the party’s more progressive pushes. Since both Manchin and Sinema come from traditionally Republican states, what some would call mollycoddling, others would call actually representing their constituents.
Some believe that the nation’s constitutional republic has been destroyed already, some believe that the fix is in and some believe that it will never be fixed. Who knows, maybe that’s true. But there’s also the distinct possibility that if Democrats did manufacture their voting majority through nefarious means, the defeatist attitude that many conservatives have is playing right into their hand.
The one and only thing that any of us can do is take our clue from the Democrat from West Virginia and do the right thing, regardless of who you’re supposed to make happy. And shake your head and leave when someone expects your support for their lies. Then, and only then, do we have a hope of standing in the footsteps of our founding and ending tyranny?