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In 1859, Abraham Lincoln related the tale of an Eastern monarch who charged his wise men with discovering words that would everywhere and always be true.

The wise men went away and returned to present the monarch with this six-word sentence: “And this, too, shall pass away.”

So, the question: How long will Sen. Joe Manchin’s hour of power last before it, too, passes away?

What will Manchin make of it? And what will his legacy be?

For, at present, Manchin is the man in the arena, the indispensable senator as far as Democrats are concerned. He alone can make or break virtually the entire agenda that progressives had anticipated whistling through both houses in the first session of the 117th Congress.

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer must meet Manchin’s demands or see their initiatives fail, one by one, in the U.S. Senate.

What has given this moderate Democrat from West Virginia such an opportunity to write himself into the history books?

It is the unique political circumstances of 2021.

For as long as the 50-50 Republican-Democrat balance holds in the Senate, Manchin’s power to decide the fate of the Democratic agenda is unrivaled and extraordinary.

For if Manchin votes against a liberal initiative, he can kill it simply by denying it a Democratic majority. And even if a piece of legislation is supported by a slim Senate majority, Manchin can kill it by refusing to strip Senate Republicans of the right to filibuster it, to talk it to death.

The only way Democrats can be assured of victory in a Senate vote is by persuading Manchin to not only vote for the bill but also vote to strip the Senate GOP of their filibuster rights.

And this last thing Manchin has pledged he will never do.

Outraged Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill are frustrated at Manchin’s stance, denouncing him as a self-centered obstructionist.

But that hardly seems the case.

Manchin is putting his remarkable but temporary power behind his principles, and Senate practice and tradition, and voting both his own and his constituents’ convictions.

He is placing his belief in bipartisan support on major legislation ahead of any particular piece of Democratic legislation. He is refusing to provide his 50th vote in the Senate to bring about an outcome that he believes would further contribute to the division of the country.

Manchin made clear his intentions this month when he declared that not only will he vote against the House-passed For the People Act, but he will also vote against ending a Republican filibuster designed to kill it.

Manchin is thus setting up a high hurdle for Chuck Schumer: You must round up 10 Republican votes to achieve passage of our agenda items, or those items probably ought not to become law.

We must not use our temporary majority, Manchin is saying, to destroy what the Senate has historically been.

Black leaders have accused Manchin of using what former President Barack Obama calls a “Jim Crow relic” — the filibuster — to kill the Democrats’ top political priority in Congress this year.

But Manchin’s position seems historically sound and wise.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, after Selma, Alabama, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, signed by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson, just days after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, were all subjected to Senate filibusters. And all overcame the hurdle, even when the requirement for shutting off debate was 67 votes, or two-thirds of the Senate.

Bipartisanship was then considered a necessity for the passage of major legislation.

Is it too much to ask, before we enact a voting rights law that would strip the 50 states of their constitutional powers to set the rules and regulations for elections within their borders, that significant sectors of both parties in Congress should support it?

In March, the Rev. Al Sharpton threatened to charge Manchin with “supporting racism” if he refused to help kill the filibuster for the For the People Act.

“The pressure that we are going to put on (Sen. Kyrsten) Sinema and Manchin is calling (the filibuster) racist and saying that they are, in effect, supporting racism. … Why would they be wedded to something that has those results? Their voters need to know that.”

Does this sentiment not prove Manchin’s point?

If the senator, who has consistently voted for his party’s agenda, can be charged with racism for standing on principle and tradition, does that not suggest that Manchin is right about the poisoned character of our politics?

Indeed, George Washington himself is said to have told Thomas Jefferson that the framers created the Senate to “cool” House legislation, as a saucer was used to cool hot tea.

No. History is not going to condemn Joe Manchin for voting his conscience and convictions in the face of the abuse he is receiving.

History is more likely to judge Manchin’s actions as meeting standards that former President John F. Kennedy set for senators in “Profiles in Courage.”

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

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  1. History is more likely to judge Manchin’s actions as meeting standards that former President John F. Kennedy set for senators in “Profiles in Courage.”

    We know what happened to Kennedy.

    • Replies: @anon
  2. Once again, inept recucklicans are at the mercy of a single shitlib.

    The Uniparty likes cutting it close.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  3. Rich says:

    I still don’t believe the two dems elected to the senate in Georgia won their seats without massive fraud. It’s impossible that the Whites in that state, surrounded as they are by massive black crime, would have voted that way. And the corruption in Arizona would indicate that the dem victory there was also fraudulent. There are also serious questions about Biden’s legitimacy, which calls the entire federal government into question. This is how it works in banana republics.

    Still, Manchin is Pale-skinned, so’s the girl from Arizona, so are a whole bunch of other dem senators. You’d think they would care about the country their grandkids are going to inherit. Somebody has to stand up and stop this nonsense.

  4. @Sick of Orcs

    The Uniparty likes cutting it close.

    That’s also how each is the Most Important Election Ever.

    But when the true constituents need another bailout or war, Red+Blue rise above the partisan bickering and enact, for example, the CARES Act (96-0 in the world’s greatest deliberative body).

    • Replies: @Trinity
  5. Trinity says:

    Alcoholism, sex addiction, pedophilia, lying, stealing, backstabbing, traitorous behavior, drug addiction, “cuckoldery” to Israel, Jews, Blacks and every nonwhite, stabbing Whites in the back, all these things exist in Washington, but one thing that surely doesn’t is courage. Courage DOES NOT EXIST with the clowns in Washington, probably hasn’t existed in over 100 years because if it did, those clowns wouldn’t have sold out White Americans, the people WHO BUILT THIS NATION.

    • Replies: @rgl
  6. Trinity says:
    @Greta Handel

    The Uniparty all speaks with the same tongue when it comes to Israel/Jews. They also all speak with the same tongue when it comes to kissing Black ass.

    Things they don’t speak about are White Genocide in Europe, America, South Africa, or how they suck up to a foreign lobby and foreign nation in the Middle East. The only that ever spoke on how Israel controls Washington was the late Jim Traficant and he was blackballed for doing so, “courage” in Washington, don’t make me laugh.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs
  7. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:

    1 “Ever since I’ve been in this position, and when I was governor, we made a point –we just didn’t get involved. It’s so convoluted, I don’t understand. To get into something you don’t understand and your daughter being in this type of industry – it was best I stayed away. My daughter is my daughter with unconditional love, and she’s the most amazing person that I know. She’s so compassionate and generous in how she’s always lived her life.”

    —Senator Joe Manchin to Bloomberg News in September 2016. His daughter Heather Manchin Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, had raised the price of EpiPens by almost 500% since 2009.

    2 Gayle Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said on Saturday that she is “flattered” China sanctioned her as the U.S. has criticized Beijing’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.

    “I feel flattered to be recognized by Communist China for calling out genocidal crimes against religious and ethnic minorities in the country,” Gayle Manchin told Reuters in a statement.


    There you go . Load of crap this family and him carry around – all out of getting profiled in courage where the challenge to the family he faces face is flattery .

  8. Rurik says:

    the Rev. Al Sharpton threatened to charge Manchin with “supporting racism” if he refused to help kill the filibuster for the For the People Act.

    “The pressure that we are going to put on (Sen. Kyrsten) Sinema and Manchin is calling (the filibuster) racist and saying that they are, in effect, supporting racism. … Why would they be wedded to something that has those results? Their voters need to know that.”

    Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are a threat to Black Americans

    David A. Love

    OPINION: Black voters who elected Democrats to do something deserve better, and White moderate Dems seeking bipartisanship with white nationalists are a threat to our health and safety.

    U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) stand in the way of justice, freedom and democracy, and pose a threat to the lives of Black people.

    Manchin and Sinema have made it clear they refuse to join fellow Democrats in removing the filibuster, a Senate rule that is found nowhere in the Constitution and requires 60 votes to pass a bill. White supremacist lawmakers once used the tool to uphold slavery, kill anti-lynching legislation and block civil rights. The filibuster cements white minority rule for Republicans and is a procedural roadblock to passing crucial legislation to protect Black Americans.

    • Replies: @Wade Hampton
  9. Manchin won reelection in 2018 by only 3 points, while Trump and Capitol won WV by almost 40 points. Manchin has no political future in WV if he caves to the mainstream Democrats. He is 73 and ought to retire in 2024.

  10. rgl says:

    It sure sucks to be you, huh?

    • Agree: Wade Hampton
    • Replies: @Trinity
  11. I’m sure Manchin being from deeply red and conservative West Virginia has something to do with it; if Manchin retires he will certainly be replaced by a Republican; Perhaps Manchin also wants to stop further attempts by Democrats at election fraud; the ”For The People Act” would allow Dems to strike down the laws being enacted to stop their Election fraud; why are blacks always complaining; there is no way to stop someone who is eligible to vote from voting; Manchin knows if he wants to stay in office he had better not vote to kill the Filibuster and allow Democrats to carry out their radical agenda.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @GazaPlanet
  12. Trinity says:

    Yea, but it sucks even more to be you.

  13. KenH says:

    Joe Munchkin’s holding the line for now but I wonder if only because he’s up for re-election in 2022? If the Dems hold the Senate in 2022 will see if he’ll still support the filibuster.

    The Democrats are no longer an American party and are now a party run by radical Jewish billionaires who foment hatred of white people and seek our genocide despite their guffaws and denials. Unless Joe Munchkin becomes an independent or a Republican then he’s still part of the problem.

  14. “Joe Manchin: Racist or Profile in Courage?”

    Why can’t he be both?

    Just kidding. Manchin is a colostomy bag, just like every other elected Democrat. He is trying to survive the massive Red Wave that is coming over the next decade. He won’t survive though, but he will do his best to extract as much cash between now and the 2024 election as possible, just like Bernie Sanders and every other of those congress weasels.

  15. @Rurik

    Is it racist to post this?

  16. @Max Maxwell

    Democrats are proud cheaters, if someone tries to prevent their systematic voting fraud, that is RACISM. Starting with an old consent decree based on”disparate impact” – ie black areas are able to get away with it because it’s racist to examine black areas.

    “Voting Rights” literally means they get to break election laws, they’re proud of it, they bring their felons out on stage. The Democratic Party is a wholly illegitimate organization with NO LEGITIMACY in public office. The Republican Party kowtows to them!

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  17. Nothing courageous at all about Manchin. He realized years ago that towing the Democrat party line would quickly get him unelected in West Virginia.

    • Thanks: Trinity
  18. gottlieb says:

    Gosh dog whistles do get the dogs barking. The US is a for-profit fascist state supported by the Kabuki politics of ‘conflict’ that is the monopoly two party system which march in goose-step to billionaires and weapons manufacturers. There is no war but class war.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  19. Mr. Buchanan, politicians in the U.S Congress are neither “racist” or “profiles in courage” types. This might have been true one day but that day is long gone. What the U.S. now has and anyone who is paying attention, knows it, is a Uni-party, whose duties are assigned by the U.S. elite in such a way that one group, say the Democrats are the “radical party” and Republicans, let’s say, are the conservative party fighting tooth and nail against those radical democrats. But, does it seem to most Americans that the Republican party, is accomplishing anything. Of course not, BECAUSE, it’s all a dog and pony show for the American public so they believe they actually have a say in how the nation is run. Good luck with that idea. This is why businessman Trump, was hated intensely by that uni-party. He was threatening the status quo and that is never going to be allowed by an elite who see the American people as the enemy of their plans.

  20. Observe how the left, Pelosi, Biden, Schumer, etc. treat a fellow Democrat. There is no room for debate. Joe Manchin is being dragged through the mud because he refused to agree to a toxic and criminal attitude towards the American citizen public, so utterly abused by this administration in the short time it has been in power. If this were a serious nation with serious voters, democrats and rino’s would be tar and feathered out of Washington D.C., not instead, prosecuting American citizens for being angry and visiting the people’s house and being called domestic terrorists by these criminal democrats and rino’s. Obviously the election was stolen and they know that tens of millions know it was stolen. /PEACE

  21. Daniel H says:

    Joe Manchin: Racist or Profile in Courage

    What’s wrong with both?

  22. Trinity says:

    Joe Manchin: Dog or Pony Show

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