Joe Manchin's big hopes for a bipartisan deal just went down in humiliating defeat

Joe Manchin's big hopes for a bipartisan deal just went down in humiliating defeat
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) // CBS News

Minutes ago Senate Republicans filibustered critical voting rights legislation – actually, filibustered debate on voting rights legislation. They refused to even allow debate on protecting the most important, most critical element of a democracy: the right and the ability to vote.

"If there is anything worthy of the Senate's attention, if there's any issue that merits debate on this floor, it is protecting our democracy from the forces that are trying to unravel it from the inside out," Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after Republicans blocked debate on the bill.

While Republicans absolutely should be and are being held accountable, many on social media are blaming Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for the failure to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

Why?

Back in May Sen. Manchin insisted he could get Republicans to come to the table, to act in good faith, to do the right thing when it counted.

He insisted the filibuster had to be protected at all costs, and he's steadfastly refused to budge on eliminating it. Even as Republicans in state after state after state enact anti-democratic legislation designed to make it harder and harder for people, especially minorities, to vote.

In short, he failed.

Not a single Republican crossed the aisle – much less ten to get the necessary 60 votes – not even to allow debate on protecting voting rights.

And now many are blaming Manchin.









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