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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D-Crosshairs) wrote an op-ed in the West Virginia Gazette to reiterate all we have already heard: He does not support H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People” Act, he does not support the elimination of the filibuster, and he and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-In Trouble) support a bipartisan effort to rework the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

It went over as expected, with the legacy media like MesSNBC, left-leaning journalists, and Democrats of all stripes melting down.

Sens. @Sen_JoeManchin and @kyrstensinema both cosponsored the For the People Act just two years ago.

The bill is bipartisan—supported by more than 75% of their constituents.

So why flip flop now? When democracy needs them most? Democratic leaders must turn up the pressure.

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 9, 2021

Manchin’s op-ed was all over the place, and he needs to brush up on the difference between a Constitutional republic and “democracy”, but he made some cogent points, and one was a rim shot.

“Unfortunately, we now are witnessing that the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized. Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage.”

Could not have said it better myself.

But despite this consistent, and mostly reasoned laying out of evidence to support his case, it didn’t stop detractors from dumping on Manchin, as well as Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-No Effs).

The Nation‘s latest headline: “How Kyrsten Sinema Sold Out: The origin story of the Senate’s newest super villain” lets us know that somebody clearly needs to take a Valium.

Sinema, along with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, is poised to be a deciding vote on all legislation the Biden administration asks Congress to enact, giving her and her right-leaning colleagues the ability to obstruct the entire Democratic agenda. Unless Senate Democrats do away with the filibuster, a long-standing Senate rule requiring a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation, it’s hard to see a path forward for many Democratic priorities, including major investment in

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