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Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there, Joe Biden belatedly turned to the issue of voting rights, to explain why he is having such difficulty winning passage of the party’s priority legislation.

“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘Why doesn’t Biden get this done?'”

“Well, because Biden only has a majority of, effectively, four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends.”

Biden was referring to Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

“But we’re not giving up,” Biden hastily added.”Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed For the People Act to protect our democracy. The Senate will take it up later this month, and I’m going to fight like heck with every tool at my disposal for its passage.

“To signify the importance of our efforts, today I’m asking Vice President Harris to help … lead them. … With her leadership and your support, we’re going to overcome again, I promise you. But it’s going to take a hell of a lot of work.”

Thus did Biden designate Kamala Harris as his field commander in winning Senate passage of a voting rights bill that would cancel out many GOP victories in state legislatures in enacting voting reforms.

Sunday, Harris, who is also Biden’s point person on the border crisis, will be in Guatemala to learn what causes Latin American peoples of color to leave the land they were born in and travel 1,000 miles for a chance to live, work and raise their families in a nation established by and for white supremacists.

But when she returns, Harris will face a showdown — with Joe Manchin.

For Manchin, who has the decisive Democratic vote in the Senate, not only opposes elements of the Democrats’ voting rights bill. He has declared that ending the Senate filibuster would “be to destroy our government,” and he will never cast a vote to kill it.

In April, Manchin was emphatic in The Washington Post, “There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster.”

Yet, as long as that filibuster exists, 60 Senate votes are needed to pass major legislation. And if the filibuster is not eliminated, Democratic voting rights proposals don’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted.

Hence, if Manchin is telling the truth and holds his ground, Harris is headed for a fruitless and failed assignment this June that will reveal her to be a leader without clout in the Senate whence she came.

Thus, in publicly handing Harris the portfolio on both the Democrats’ voting rights bill and border crisis, Biden may have set up his vice president for a great fall and a major humiliation. Yet, Harris is said to have asked Biden for the assignment.

ORDER IT NOW

As for Manchin, he is sitting in the catbird seat in the Democratic Party. He holds the whip hand over both Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Biden. For if the West Virginian refuses to bend or break on the filibuster, then not only will the voting rights bill fail in the Senate, so, too, could gun control, D.C. statehood, climate change, and immigration legislation.

All could suffer the same fate as the Jan. 6 Commission.

The Washington Post reports Senate staffers are saying that there is “panic” in the Democratic caucus that Manchin will stand his ground and refuse to kill the filibuster, no matter the pressure the party puts on him.

Recognition by the White House of the leverage Manchin and Sinema wield was evident in press secretary Jen Psaki’s effort to soften Biden’s crack about “the two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends.”

Psaki brushed aside any suggestion that Biden was being caustic about the two senators saying, “I don’t think he was intending to convey anything other than a little bit of commentary on TV punditry.”

But the issues and stakes involved are becoming evident to everyone.

A coalition of progressive groups, on Thursday, called on Schumer to hold a Senate vote to kill the filibuster. More than 100 groups sent a letter to the majority leader arguing that the Republican senators who blocked a bill to create a commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack showed, “it is clearer than ever that the filibuster needs to be eliminated.”

The groups added: “We call on you and the Senate Democratic caucus to eliminate the filibuster as a weapon that Sen. McConnell can use to block efforts to defend and strengthen our democracy and make our government work for the American people.”

If Joe Manchin holds his ground this June, he will prevail, the filibuster will survive, the For the People Act will die a deserved death, and Joe will become legend in West Virginia.

And if Manchin stands his ground, the big loser is Kamala Harris.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2021 Creators.com.

 
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  1. Trinity says:

    The epic showdown AGAIN in Washington, just more of the same theater, people. Does anyone still fall for this shit. Seriously, what is an EYE-talian guy doing representing the state of West Virginia? hehe. The ole rogue “cuckservative” demshevik fighting the good fight. haha. I guess they figured we can’t have the loser republiCANTs fighting the good fight anymore so now we have the independent thinking democrat who is walking that aisle for America and the people. LMAO. “Democracy?”

    Cue: Showdown by ELO

  2. If Joe Manchin holds his ground this June, he will prevail, the filibuster will survive, the For the People Act will die a deserved death, and Joe will become legend in West By God Virginia.

    FIFY

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  3. Peepads choosing Kneepads for her skin color has been a boon and blessing. She is universally disliked.

  4. KenH says:

    Sinema is on record as supporting the atrocious “voting rights” act that codifies Democrat election theft tactics, but insists she wants to preserve the filibuster so it should be interesting to see how this plays out.

    More than 100 groups sent a letter to the majority leader

    Probably the same groups who urged Democrats to use the filibuster to stop Trump’s “white supremacist” agenda. Democrats used the filibuster against Trump and the Republicans around 300 times which is why hardly anything got done while Trump was president. But now that Democrats have a tie breaker with Kamoolie the filibuster is “relic of the Jim Crow era”.

    If the filibuster is preserved then look for Jewish AG Merrick Garland to start initiating lawsuits against swing states with Republican legislatures to reverse some the election integrity measures they instituted after the 2020 election.

  5. JimDandy says:

    “Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there”

    What exactly was the “racial atrocity” you speak of, Pat?

    • Agree: Realist
    • Thanks: Trinity
    • Replies: @PJ London
    , @Rich
  6. Realist says:

    Democratic Showdown: Kamala vs. Manchin

    Oooh, the drama.

    The only showdown that matters is The American people vs. The Deep State.

    • Agree: Trinity
  7. Johan says:

    People Act to protect our democracy

    Don’t you get tired of this, all parties left and right are constantly whining about the lack of democracy, that is should be protected etc, or however they formulate it, they all have their own party political reasons for it…
    Is there a painter whoever painted the scenery of ‘the people for the people’ slaughtering each other? holding flags in the air ‘protect democracy!’. Or perhaps we should have a play on stage, watching the comical slaughtering and fighting, while furnished with a pleasant seat and something to drink.
    The play would be called ‘The Peoples Act’, scene one: The Fighting and Slaughtering, scene two: More Fighting and Slaughtering, scene three: ‘Save our Democracy’ Additional Fighting and Slaughtering, etc.

  8. The Jews will probably send BLM/Antifa to harass Manchin and his family at home. His local police will take a knee in response.

    • Replies: @Currahee
    , @anon
  9. @Trinity

    The epic showdown AGAIN in Washington, just more of the same theater, people. Does anyone still fall for this shit.

    Sadly, yes. 140,000,000+ in the last Most Important Election Ever.

    Channeling dissent into participatory assent with Red+Blue politics is the Establishment’s secret sauce.

    • Agree: WorkingClass
  10. PJ London says:
    @JimDandy

    Learn your history!
    +70 armed blacks started a scuffle with a few whites. A shot was fired (no one knows by whom, no one knows if any one was hit) everyone responded and some whites were killed by gunfire.
    The whites (including the National guard) got pissed and decided enough was enough.
    In the end more blacks than whites were killed. More black houses and businesses were destroyed than white houses etc.
    So they started shit, got clobbered and thus they were “Massacred”.
    The current blacks who can’t read and therefore know nothing, want to start a war as “The New Black Panthers” and have armed themselves and are shouting and marching and stuff.
    Apparently they want a repeat or a rematch or something.
    Stupid idiots.

  11. Mr. Ed says:

    @JimDandy:

    Buchanan’s done; he just doesn’t know it; stick a fork, etc.

  12. @Trinity

    Actually, Italians have a fair amount of representation in West Virginia. Many of them came to this country to work in the coal mines. The northern part of the state in particular has a lot of them (and isn’t too far from Pittsburgh, which is heavily Italian). In addition, one of WV’s most noteworthy (or notorious) cuisine items is the pepperoni roll, which was obviously influenced by Italians.

  13. I’m not too worried about Manchin. There is really nothing the Dems can do to him. If he has to resign, it’s pretty much automatic that his successor will be a Republican. I’m much more worried about Rand Paul, and the very real threats of violence towards him. The Dems control the governorship of Kentucky, so that would give the Dems control of the Senate is something were to happen to him. I wouldn’t put it past the power-mad Dems. And I’m sure they’d have the backing of the MIC, who has no lost love for the Paul clan and their noninterventionist ways.

  14. Rich says:
    @JimDandy

    It’s estimated that up to 50 Whites may have been murdered in cold blood by rampaging blacks back in 1921.

    • Replies: @Farenheit
  15. Currahee says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    Not necessary; just meet Joe’s price.

  16. Farenheit says:
    @Rich

    and how many were murdered in cold blood in 2020??

  17. Trump and Capitol carried WV by roughly 40 points in their last election, while Manchin carried WV by only 3 points. No wonder he acts the way he does. If he voted the way Biden, Harris, and the progressives want him to, he would lose reelection. Of course, he is 73 years old, and maybe he should retire in 2024.

  18. Forward thinking Democrats know there is a high possibility that the Dems could lose one or both houses of Congress and that they will not forever be in the majority; so killing the Filibuster could backfire on them; if they were to succeed and enact their radical agenda; most Americans dont want illegal aliens rewarded with citizenship; or to be disarmed by gun control laws in a violent dangerous society; or want to pay carbon taxes for the ”climate change” hoax; there are danger signs for Biden; food and gas prices are rising; cyber criminals have attacked and shut down our energy and food sectors; Biden keeps insisting on Federal unemployment benefits even though the ”pandemic” is mostly over and there is a labor shortage and HELP WANTED and WE’RE HIRING signs everywhere; the crisis on the Southern border is becoming a major political problem and Kamala Harris is becoming a huge embarrassment to Democrats; Biden has the relatively high approval ratings all new Presidents have early in their presidencies as the American public typically gives new Presidents the benefit of the doubt; but his honeymoon will end. I’m beginning to suspect that Biden secretly hates Harris and is setting her up to go down in flames in 2024.

  19. @KenH

    I look for Garland to be stretching a rope, with a lot of similar in line behind the sniveling Khazar rat.

  20. Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there.

    Do you think Biden will come to Blair Mountain, W.Va. this summer for the 100th anniversary of the miners’ march to Logan? Since that was mostly a working class Euro-American fight I doubt it.

    I not only emailed Sen. Manchin about the For the (Colored) People Act, I emailed him to vote NO on Chipman for head of ATF.

  21. @Max Maxwell

    I’m beginning to suspect that Biden secretly hates Harris…

    TRANSLATION: Biden knows Harris.

  22. MarkinLA says:
    @KenH

    This “voting rights” bill takes the power away from state legislators in violation of the Constitution. Of course, what does the Constitution mean when you have Roberts as Chief Justice?

  23. northeast says:

    There are at least 5 or 6 Democratic senators who don’t want the filibuster ended. Manchin and Sinema are the 2 senators designated to take the heat.

  24. @WorkingClass

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why a White male democrat stays in a dysfunctional racist party which HATES men of his pigment. If Manchin wanted to be a real hero to the good people of West Virginia (an overwhelmingly White state), he would tell Biden-Harris-Schumer to go f**k themselves and switch parties, putting an end to the democrats plan to wreck the Constitution. Maybe Senator Sinema would join him.

    • Replies: @USA1943
  25. @Max Maxwell

    Regarding his Incompetent anchor-baby VP, you give senile Old Joe too much credit.

  26. @Max Maxwell

    Biden keeps insisting on Federal unemployment benefits even though the ”pandemic” is mostly over and there is a labor shortage and HELP WANTED and WE’RE HIRING signs everywhere;

    There are plenty of major issues to critique Biden for, this is not one of them.
    If there were statistics gleaned from legit empirical evidence, showing that unemployment payments were the major or significant factor, you would be hearing the Chamber of Commerce shills repeating it ad-nauseum,.. everywhere.

    “I keep hearing this thing, from,.. umm, business owners / investors etc.. all over the place”

    is instead the entire story-line – which is self-reinforcing anecdotal opinion, not unbiased statistical scrutiny.

    Every region is different, and you cannot compare the potential employment / wage opportunities in a coastal, tourist beach destination with the Great Plains / Rust Belt. That acknowledged, the ‘Help Wanted’ signs are almost entirely found at Fast Food franchised ‘restaurants’, or for other low wage kitchen help / FoH help, in my region. These businesses run on an antique model that begins in earnest only in the 1970’s, in which H.S. Teens worked part-time for pocket cash, in non-career jobs, usually managed by the family who own that location.

    Fast forward to 2021, and that model is now applied by voracious frachisee’s who may never see the inside of one of their locations, seeking out full time adult staff. This preys on those futilely attempting to support themselves on service jobs post-betrayal by the NAFTA scum in the corrupt two party system, who made a pact with the Global Chamber of Commerce outsourcers, who are notably also the main promoters of the’ unemployment complaint outrage’.

    The wages offered in 2021 are COMPLETELY unchanged from the mid-80’s, in which 10 bucks an hour for a H.S. Part time worker would have been largely considered unimpressive, at a time of lower inflation / prices, when those teen workers did not need to put a roof over their heads with that cash.

    These franchises are overheated due to imported 3rd work workers who flooded them with cheap labor, and I am personally aware of restaurant owners renting ‘crash apartments’ where a dozen or more latin american workers rotate in sleeping shifts, and pay the business owner for the ‘housing’, since they can not afford to live on that salary.

    Finding ‘a Job’ is not the same as finding a job that an adult can support themselves or a family on. My challenge to anyone who conflates the two is, let me see you take the ‘Help Wanted’ sign job for 10 bucks an hour, and service your monthly mortgage/rent, existing expenses, and let me know how that works out.

    I never took a single cent of unemployment cash, during Covid, but I can tell you that the empirical evidence disproves the chamber claims of lack of interest among Job Seekers. You get updates from sites like Indeed.com that tell you EXACTLY – amongst other things – HOW MANY PEOPLE applied for advertised openings, and in my experience, it was very rare to have less than 40 people apply for a single opening, and commonly more than 100 applicants were noted.

    None of these advertised opening were attempting to get adults to work for $10/hr or as Part-Time or ‘1099’ in the year 2021, however, which seems to be the actual unifying factor in lack of interest.

    Global Capital – minus Business Ethics – is just as predatory as any other coercive enterprise or system.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  27. anon[114] • Disclaimer says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    ISIS/BLM/Antifa might last 10 seconds.

  28. USA1943 says:
    @follyofwar

    Most of the White Men in the Pervert/LGBT Groups are Democrats, Others have been there so long and just stay there, this will change fast if they are in a White District The Whites will vote them out once they realize this is not the JFK Democrats, and if they are in a Black or Hispanic District, they will be challenged by someone who is the majority race in the District who will use the Race Card and the people will vote along Racial lines. AOC ran against a White Man who had been there for Decades, She used the race card like she always does, saying a Spanish District should not be represented by White Men and she won, being an Incumbent was not an advantage as people voteed for The unknown with zero credentials AOC.

  29. Resartus says:

    being an Incumbent was not an advantage as people voteed for The unknown with zero credentials AOC.

    Doesn’t make a difference, when less than 10% of the Voters come out for the Primary…
    Which is how AOC got the Dem nod in 2018……

    In Nov, in a district where a Feral Rat with a (D) beside it’s name would win,
    no other party stands a chance…..

  30. Kamala vs. Manchin is about the same as saying people with a knowledge of “bottle rockets” vs. Wernher von Braun.

  31. @Trial by Wombat

    The wages offered in 2021 are COMPLETELY unchanged from the mid-80’s, in which 10 bucks an hour for a H.S. Part time worker would have been largely considered unimpressive, at a time of lower inflation / prices, when those teen workers did not need to put a roof over their heads with that cash.

    As a high school student in the mid 1980’s, who had a union part time job in the grocery industry, you are way off. I started at $3.35, minimum wage at the time, a little over $7 in today’s money. After raises, I got to $4, $10 in today’s money. $10 in 1985 money would be worth $24 today. The only way a 1985 part time employed HS student was making $10/hr was if he was working for daddy.

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