Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

My name is Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire; I own a Manchin …

Are you like me? Have you had just about enough of Joe Manchin? 

Last Sunday he wrote an op-ed declaring his opposition to the For the People Act, which would regulate election standards across the country, and in the same breath he repeated his opposition to doing away with the filibuster. In effect, he has just announced that he’s joining the Republican filibuster. He persists in the pipe dream that ten Republican senators will emerge to help push through the FPA, along with an infrastructure bill. Everyone but Joe Manchin knows that these ten Republicans do not exist. This has been driven home time and again. He’s been there to witness it. He knows the truth. 

And that means that he’s good with the outcomes we’ll be getting. For whatever reason—to placate his biggest donors, to lay the foundation for his reelection in a red state, to pump up his own ego as a power broker—he can live with the country we’re going to get. And that’s a country in which one party, the GOP, will eliminate the opposition party from contention in many if not most states. His refusal to end election-subverting practices, which we’ll be seeing in full bloom in 2024, is actually a brick in the wall of autocracy. He has to see that. 

But he’s fine with it. And he’s also not worried about what future generations will think about him, apparently. Maybe because he believes, like former Attorney General Bill Barr, that history is written by the winners, and he’s pretty sure he’s going to land on the winning side of this thing. 

As for the rest of us? Enjoy your cake. 

By the way, the appeals of a number of civil rights leaders on Tuesday were not enough to persuade Joe to change his mind. The same way the appeals of Officer Sicknick’s mother had no effect on Republicans re: the January 6 commission. Make of it what you will.

•  A federal judge has overturned California’s assault-rifle ban. He says the AR-15 is not unlike a Swiss Army knife. God help us. 

•  Trump threw a rally last weekend and spouted his usual lies. Many people seem to believe these lies, but most people believe that he had put his pants on backwards that night. 

•  It looks like Biden’s infrastructure plan is going to fizzle. In the search for bipartisanship, Biden’s negotiating team was willing to drop the price tag by $1 trillion; the GOP bumped their offer up by only $150 billion. In short, in today’s Washington there’s no such thing as bipartisanship because the GOP exists only to block any Democratic president’s agenda. 

•  And vis-a-vis Manchin, word has it that his biggest donor is the nationwide law firm, Greenberg Traurig, which has ties to Rudi Giuliani and might have been involved with the semi-defunct social media site, Parler. I put this out there to suggest that Manchin’s motives are almost certainly not philosophical (“I Heart Bipartisanship”) but rather financial. Money talks, democracy walks … away. 

6 comments on “My name is Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire; I own a Manchin …

  1. pinklightsabre
    June 9, 2021

    So annoying. I’m starting to feel that way about Merrick Garland too. And worrying more about coming months with no one stopping the spread of the lies. False air of legitimacy, all that. Thanks for this Kevin

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 9, 2021

      Yeah, Garland is starting to give me the jeebies. It’s troubling to know that so many motives and explanations are deep under the surface. Thanks, Bill!

      • pinklightsabre
        June 9, 2021

        My wife wonders if they just genuinely don’t get it and live in some world where they think there’s still decency and order.

      • Kevin Brennan
        June 9, 2021

        Shades of Chamberlain …

  2. Marie A Bailey
    June 10, 2021

    A friend sent me a image from Andy Borowitz, showing a photo of Manchin and Susan Collins with the headline: Susan Collins Sad That Joe Manchin Has Replaced Her as Most Annoying Senator. That pretty well captures it for me 😉

    I’m fed up with Manchin. There is no chance of bipartisanship with the Republicans in Congress because THEY don’t want bipartisanship. How many years and presidents do we have to go through before people get this through their heads? When Obama was first elected, McConnell flat out said that he would ensure that none of Obama’s policies and programs would see the light of day. Biden’s only recourse for any substantial policy changes will probably have to be executive order.

    I’m starting to wonder if Manchin’s whole purpose in being a Democrat is to thwart our democracy.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 11, 2021

      It’s all so infuriating, and in a way it reveals a weak spot in our system: that one man can block necessary steps to preserve the damn system!

      I’m starting to think that a certain group of so-called leaders have decided it’s time to put the brakes on this democracy thing and move toward full-blown oligarchic capitalism.

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