The bad news for liberals arrived on the front page of the May 18 Washington Post under the mild-mannered headline “Hopes dim for Democrats’ bills on election oversight.” That’s a nicer headline than “It’s Toast.”
Mike DeBonis began by reporting that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has approached the For the People Act that would federalize elections with the motto “Failure is not an option.” DeBonis wasn’t as dainty as the headline writer: “But failure is very much an option — it is, in fact, the most likely one.”
There is one central figure in this bill’s demise. Inside, The Post headline was “Manchin seen as key to election bill’s passage.” Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Senate Democrat who has not co-sponsored the bill and “has expressed serious misgivings” about it. One part of that is Manchin doesn’t want “any type of voting legislation without Republican buy-in.”
Naturally, that night, all the network evening-news programs avoided this front-page Washington Post death notice — and the dissenting voice at the story’s heart. It’s not like they ignored Congress. ABC, CBS and NBC all found time to report on how radical Rep. Rashida Tlaib, speaking to President Biden on the tarmac of the Detroit airport, pressed Biden to stick it to Israel.
On CBS, Ed O’Keefe relayed that “one of the biggest critics of his response, Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who has family in the West Bank, told the president that Palestinian human rights are not a bargaining chip and must be protected.”
This is where you can sense that the only dissent liberal media outlets seem to enjoy comes from the left of their so-called “mainstream.” Manchin isn’t their idea of a hero. They also don’t want to disparage him as a villain … since he could always switch parties and upset their whole 50-50 apple cart.
Consider a contrast. In July 2017, then-ailing Sen. John McCain was glorified by journalists for walking onto the Senate floor and dramatically putting a thumbs-down on repealing Obamacare. "He had just derailed the fevered Republican effort to undo the Obama-era health care law," wrote New York Times reporter Carl Hulse. "It was a stunning moment that will be long remembered in the Senate, a flash of the maverick John McCain, unafraid of going his own way despite the pleas of his fellow Republicans."
How they love "maverick" Republicans! On MSNBC, disgraced anchor Brian Williams gushed: "Much was made of that moment, a moment of moral courage, a man staring down his own mortality yet again, not the first time in his life. But let's also talk about the courage of Murkowski of Alaska and Collins of Maine, because without those two women, there is no moment like that for John McCain.
My question to you: Is that kind of courage, for people cheering them on, going to be contagious?"
Two months ago, The New York Times disparaged Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for giving the same thumbs-down gesture on a Democratic bill that would hike the minimum wage. Williams disdained Sinema as a flip-flopper, saying: "seven years ago, she posted this on social media: 'A full- time minimum wage earner makes less than $16,000 a year. This one's a no-brainer, tell Congress to raise the wage.' That's proof that the view is different from the cheap seats."
McCain ran his last Senate race, in 2016, on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that flop didn't dampen Bri-Wi's enthusiasm.
Like most Democrats, journalists aren't happy when their "blue wave" doesn't crest. Their grand power grabs are failing, from voting laws to Supreme Court expansion. Republicans should be pleased as much as the media are disappointed.
7 thoughts on “Manchin Is Not the Media’s McCain”
Go Manchin, Go Hooray
I only hope there are a few more sane democrats left. What happened to “what’s best for our country”?
McCain. Was a real scum bag his military buddies tell a different story about him .They referred to McCain as a (song bird ) now you know what that means … then he gave us his thumb down on the obuma health care . He didn’t die soon enough . Screw him he was a rhino from the very beginning and should never have been permitted to run as rep candidate for pres of our great country.
I agree, Jane Fonda should be lying next to him.
Manchin has also said he will always be a Democrat, whatever that means in today’s radical version of the party. One of his objections to the federalization of all election rules is that Manchin used to be West Virginia’s Secretary of State in charge of elections. No politico ever wants to give up power. He could just as easily be the 50th vote on any number of other issues and does not face re-election until 2024 in heavily Republican West Virginia, so he knows he needs to stay supportive of Second Amendment rights and other issues near and dear to his constituency.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, A FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF ELECTIONS IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL!
CONSTITUTIONALLY, THERE ARE NO FEDERAL ELECTIONS!
ALL ELECTIONS, EVEN THAT OF PRESIDENT, ARE INDIVIDUAL STATE ELECTIONS!
A SIMPLE CONGRESSIONAL VOTE WILL NOT CHANGE THAT, ONLY A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT CAN CHANGE THAT!
TO ALL THAT IS CONCERN REGARDING THIS BIDEN-MADMAN ACTING AS PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES AND HIS ADMINISTRATION THAT IS EMBARRASSING ALL OF THE UNITED CITIZENS IN AMERICA. HOW FOOLISH WE HAVE LET THIS GONE SO LONG AND WITH ALL OF THE CORUPTION THAT HAS UNFOLDED THAT IS COMING OUT AND STATED NOW IN NEWS.
WE (THE PEOPLE OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS OF AMERICA) HAVE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ASAP BEFORE WE LOSE OUR FREEDOM AND OUR COUNTRY. I HOPE YOU GET THIS DONE ASAP AS EVEN MICROSOFT IS AFTER ME JUST USING MY COMPUTER ORDERING ITEMS FROM MACY’S AS I HAD A MALPRACTICE SURGERY IN WISCONSIN LEFT TO DIE BUT CLEVELAND CLINICS AND NOW MERCY HELPED ME FOR YEARS BUT FOUND OUT ABOUT MY PRIOR LIFE AND WILL NOT HELP ME NOW. EVERYONE IS SO CROOKED THAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHO TO TRUST, BUT WE HAVE TO FIRST START WITH OUR FREEDOM IN OUR COUNTRY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE ONLY NATION WITH FREEDOM BEFORE OR IF THEY HAVE ALREADY TAKEN AWAY SOME OUR PRECIOUS FREEDOM. THERE ARE SOME SMART PEOPLE IN THE SENATE SO THEY CAN START OR HAVE TRUMP’S SUPPORTERS START; OF COURSE, THEY ARE SCARED AS I’M TOO, BUT WE HAVE TO BE BULLDOZERS AND PLOW THEM DOWN.
PLEASE HELP SOME WAY. I WOULD BUT I’M TRYING TO KEEP ALIVE AS THEY CUT MY VAGUS NERVE AND I’M IN CHRONIC PAIN. GOD SPEED. AMEN. GOD WILL HELP US!
MARILYN OF JANESVILLE
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