Joe Manchin is giving indications that he would not be willing to revise the filibuster rule in order to pass the American Voter Fraud Bill the Democrats have been trying desperately to pass in order to allow them to rig every election from now until the end of time. But, he stopped short of confirming that. What he said was that it would be very difficult for him to vote for it, but he did leave the door open.
In my opinion, he is very squishy on the subject and I believe he might vote for it in exchange for one or two concessions. And the Democrats might be amendable to that because f they can get enough of the bill passed to win in the Senate in 2022, they can pass the remainder of the bill after the midterms before the m2020 presidential election. If the Democrats can get the entire package passed, they will no longer have to worry about the voters deciding the election.
One of the provisions of the bill would make ballot harvesting legal in all 50 states and if you have been paying attention to the ballot harvesting scandal in Georgia, you can see how dangerous that would be. The only real hope we have of avoiding that is Kyrsten Sinema. She doesn’t get rattled by confrontation from her party and if she were forced to switch parties, she would do fine. This is especially true since Dem09crats in Arizona plan on putting up a primary opponent against her with their full support.
Manchin was asked about using the nuclear option to pass a new voting bill. He replied:
“[I’ve] always been for rules [changes] being done the way we’ve always done them, two-thirds of members voting, and any way you can do a rules change to where everyone is involved, and basically that’s a rule that usually will stay, that’s what we should be pursuing. [We’re] still having ongoing conversations as far as voting because I think the bedrock of democracy is making sure that you’re able to cast a vote. If you’re legal, of age, and a United States citizen, you should be able to cast a vote, and it should be counted accurately. So we’re talking about those things there.”
He has given himself plenty of room to maneuver. He could negotiate with Biden like he did on Build back better and this time he could surrender without losing face. Time will tell.