Manchin infuriates critics as he pulls the rug out from under Biden
As President Joe Biden is overseas working with foreign leaders to mend fences ripped apart by his predecessor while trying to position the United States as the leader in the climate change fight for the future of the planet, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) decided to inject himself into the news cycle, not by issuing a tweet or a statement or even a remark to a reporter, but by holding a press conference.
Here's how Reuters summed it up:
In blow to Biden, Joe Manchin will not commit to backing $1.75 trillion spending bill http://reut.rs/3BzVaPR\u00a0pic.twitter.com/zH2bGDRzZL— Reuters (@Reuters) 1635792619
To be clear, as NBC News' Senior Capitol Hill Correspondent Garrett Haake notes, Manchin has already had more control over this than anyone:
The framework that Manchin is now trashing was one he negotiated more directly with the White House than probably any other single Senator.https://twitter.com/burgessev/status/1455235335957450761\u00a0\u2026— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake) 1635790583
Many on the left are furious.
Here's Talking Points Memo founder, editor, and publisher Josh Marshall unleashing his fury:
man, fuck this guy. that's really all i got at this point.— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1635790203
Some noted political leaders are supposed to conduct themselves with decorum and not draw attention to challenges the President of the United States faces when he or she is out of the country doing the people's business. The mirror side of "politics stops at the water's edge." Manchin, who has held various elected offices for nearly 40 years – since 1982 – knows this.
So does historian and Politico magazine contributor Joshua Zeitz, replying to Marshall:
There was a time, when you and I were young (which wasn't that long ago!) when a member of the opposition party wouldn't dare do this to a president when he was abroad on a diplomatic trip. Let alone his own party.
— Joshua Zeitz (@JoshuaMZeitz) November 1, 2021
SiriusXM Progress host of the Signorile Show, Michelangelo Signorile says Manchin is "embarrassing" and "undermining" Biden:
I think it\u2019s now abundantly clear that Joe Manchin is the one \u201cembarrassing\u201d President Biden while he\u2019s out of the country.\n\nNot House progressives.\n\nActually, he\u2019s undermining the president while out of the country.— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile) 1635790558
In response, some noted Manchin "waited til Biden was at Climate Summit to sabotage Biden's agenda and Climate commitments," and "is "moving the goalposts at every turn."
CNN White House Correspondent John Harwood observes that "Manchin used his press conference to vent about House failure to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill that the House was on track to pass before he held his press conference."
Popular Information founder Judd Legum also implies Manchin is undermining both bills on purpose:
Manchin couldn't be any clearer that he is prepared to kill the reconciliation bill. \n\nAs long as he holds that position, there will not be enough votes in the house to pass the infrastructure bill.https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1455236410928156673\u00a0\u2026— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum) 1635790609
Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman states the obvious:
After that Manchin presser, it is safe to say that a Tuesday infrastructure vote in the House is not likely. Let\u2019s just say that as a baseline.— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman) 1635790275
Harwood sums up his thoughts:
more than anything else, Manchin really stuck it to Biden there— John Harwood (@John Harwood) 1635793266
And CNN's Keith Boykin sums it all up:
Live video of Joe Manchin helping Joe Biden kick the winning field goal.pic.twitter.com/xTcyeThPma— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1635791976
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