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.
“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,