Democrats sputter 'Jim Crow' and houseboat snark at Manchin

Democrats sputter 'Jim Crow' and houseboat snark at Manchin


Joe Manchin’s firm stance against Democrats’ sweeping election overhaul bill is turning simmering frustration among his fellow Democrats to a full boil, prompting accusations of upholding Jim Crow, comparisons to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and a swipe at his houseboat lifestyle choice.

The criticism stems from Manchin’s linchpin status in the Senate as one of the more conservative Democrats in the 50-member caucus. There are 50 Senate Republicans, meaning Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casts tiebreaking votes. It’s a position that leaves Manchin in a pivotal role in deciding what bills pass the Senate or even get considered.

The turning point in liberal criticism against Manchin was an op-ed from the West Virginia Democratic senator in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday.

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“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act,” Manchin said. “Furthermore,

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