The forces of evil had perhaps their best week in Washington since January 6th. Most often I choose the biggest political story of the week just ended as the subject of my Sunday article. This week I have a three-way tie and therefore it will be Sunday on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this week. I will cover them in the order they occurred. Today’s subject will be a vote in the Senate.
American democracy finds itself in an abusive (and adversarial) relationship with the Republican Party. That is a monumental problem. The first step in solving a problem is to realize that it exists. I spent ten years on the Board of an organization that helped people deal with abusive relationships. The key to solving that issue is also straight forward.
Perhaps I’ve stumbled upon a new theme for Sunday articles. Today I want to write of the biggest political outrage of the week just passed – and there were plenty of candidates. Sadly, this one received little press.
Over the weekend West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin made his clearest statement yet that he will not go along with eliminating or amending the filibuster. Furthermore, and in my mind more disturbing, he indicated that he was not in favor of strictly partisan legislation. Juxtapose those stances with Mitch McConnell openly playing obstructer in chief and you have what cricket fans would call a sticky wicket; in American political parlance – a mess.
All the above leaves us with a few questions to ponder. Let’s take a look at a few. Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
These days if you say Joe in political circles the initial assumption is that you are speaking of President Joe Biden. Recently many would contend that there is a more powerful Joe in DC; Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Many progressives are mistakenly directing their anger toward him. I’d like to take a look at the two Joes today concentrating on Joe Manchin.