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Mavericks, Manchin, and the Media Mob

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Remember how giddy the liberal media mob was when Arizona Senator John McCain gave his famous “thumbs down” to kill Obamacare.  News networks sang McCain’s praises for weeks because he kept a big government program in place.  McCain was famous for standing up to his fellow Republicans on occasion, and he proudly embraced the “maverick” moniker along with never taking a single pork-barrel program for his state while serving in Congress.  Maverick aside, McCain’s long voting record was staunchly conservative. 

The media mob was equally giddy when GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney criticized Donald Trump, their own favorite target of scorn.

But when Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia stood up to fellow Democrats, declaring to be a “no” on Biden’s behemoth Build Back Better plan, the media mob sang a different tune.  There was an audible on-air “gasp” from several CNN commentators when the news broke live.  Theirs and other network personalities’ personal preference for socialist policies was exposed, their own sighs emblematic of the “loss” they felt in that instant.

Next up was a parade of angry progressives calling in to book time on the major networks to blast Manchin.  The media lapped it up, with some commentators seeming to join in the castigation of him.  Some of the criticism became personal.  Yet there wasn’t so much as even a cursory analysis as to why Manchin was a “no.”

It would not have been difficult for the media mob to even fake some fairness or give a semblance of equal time to studying Manchin’s “no” vote.  Inflation is at a 40-year high.  There are record deficits and debt. 

Perhaps the media could have noted some of the truly perverse special interest parts in Build Back Better, like expanding SALT (state and local tax) deductions, ironically the most anti-progressive provision in the bill.  That provision is a boon for rich homeowners in high tax blue states like Nancy Pelosi’s and Chuck Schumer’s.  It was clearly written with big Democrat donors in mind.

Then there are the subsidies for hiring journalists.  How about the big tax credits for buying an electric car, something only the wealthy can do?  And don’t forget the bonus if the car was made in a union plant, another goodie for a key, though dwindling, Democrat constituency.  There are food benefits for the summer months when kids are out of school.  Taxpayers would be right to ask, how have children eaten all these years without summer food benefits?  There’s $1 billion for salmon conservation.  The list goes on.

No, there hasn’t been serious mainstream media coverage of this massive bill for most of 2021.  Coverage has been focused on vague “save the planet” ideas and direct childcare payments to families, with little mention that the funds go to wealthy families too.  It was this fact that Joe Manchin often homed in on, stating how wasteful that was and how the payments created perverse incentives because of a lack of work requirements.  It makes you wonder, how did families ever manage before these payments?  And if the payments continue to drive prices up, how is anyone then better off?

Fellow Democrats and their media mob allies would be wise to try to understand Manchin’s concerns.  They are legitimate.  He has consistently cited the national debt and the precarious positions of Social Security and Medicare in interviews for over a decade. 

If Democrats continue badgering, and badgering is the very word Manchin used to describe leftist tactics against him, Manchin might very well do what GOP Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont did on May 24, 2001.  Jeffords left the GOP to become an Independent to caucus with the Democrats, throwing the 50-50 Senate control the other way.  In an instant, then-Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) became minority leader.

Will Manchin be a maverick and switch parties?  Maybe.  His home state went for Donald Trump at nearly 70% in 2020.  And don’t forget that fellow West Virginian and GOP Governor Jim Justice was once a Democrat too.  If he became an Independent or joined the GOP, Manchin’s best explanation to his former colleagues might very well be, “I didn’t leave the Democrat party.  The party left me.”

Jeff Szymanski works in political communications at AMAC, a senior benefits organization with nearly 2.4 million members.  He previously taught high school social studies for 15 years.


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Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago

Well communicated!!!!

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago

Today’s news is a combination of National Enquirer , and Madd magazines .

Garye
4 months ago

Right on point!
The propaganda media and useless democrats continue to lie,lie,lie!
Everything they say is a lie!

Karen
4 months ago

Thanks Mr. Manchin…..you have done a very brave thing and I hope you will consider coming over to our side. We ARE right, you know!

Shelley
4 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Let’s hope he doesn’t cave when the dems try pushing this garbage through again.

Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

Just goes to show how the media loves traitors and lock-steppers. Its pretty bad when a senator from West Virginia also votes in the best interests of Nevada… which is more credit then I give my two from here!

Garye
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Yes, we’ve got 2 losers in michigan also.
They just fall in line with Americas destruction and the democrat party’s lies!
No morals,no convctions,convictions, common sense, truly SWAMP creatures!
Both should be ashamed!

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Sensationalism promotes journalism , and vice versa ☆

PJ Thom
4 months ago

Amen for Mr. Manchin. He saved our country, for now. I am very proud of him for going against the corrupt swamp.

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  PJ Thom

Yes he saved America !

Larry W.
4 months ago

I think Senator Manchin right now is thinking “should I stay or should I go”.

Barb304
4 months ago

I couldn’t care less what the media says about Sen. Manchin. I’m proud of him for standing up for our country. The BBB is not good for us. Way too much money being thrown around in DC ever since Biden was elected. Sen. Manchin had no intent to OK the bill early on due to the amnesty that was included. Had the Demon Craps removed it from the bill there’s a slight chance it may have passed. IMO, the Demons are imploding and may soon be gone!

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Barb304

Joe Manchin has true grit ! His Momma raised him right !!!!!!

JJ Johnson-Smith
4 months ago

Though the Right would be happy to have him, I think we need Manchin to stay right where he IS. Having a Moderate on the other side, is a very GOOD thing, as this vote just proved.

Larry W.
4 months ago

I’m glad Manchin voted no. That being said, anyone still identifying with the Democrat Party has turned a blind eye to all the policies destroying our great country. If you really cared about America you would speak out about more than just a bloated bill that is a waste of money.

Morbious
4 months ago

Many good comments below. I can only add that wva is an unusual state. In my lifetime its gone from blue to red, mostly because of commie anti coal activity. Jim Justice was a coal executive and dem before becoming governor as an R. Of course manchin is maneuvering tactically. It would be great if he switched parties but its highly doubtful given the severe social consequences.

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

In this day and age of Socialism and Communism infiltration , can’t fathom WHY ANYONE WOULD CHOOSE TO BE A DIRTY DEM ????? Well, perhaps the evil lure of power , control and $$$$$$!

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Rick L
4 months ago

Mr. McCain give deleterious dyspeptics a bad name. He spent ~25 of his 34 years in Congress trying to make up for his 5th from the bottom class ranking at the Naval Academy. This does not make him much different than the significant majority of colleagues. We should honor and respect him for his courage, endurance and strength of character during his POW years. However, his is, and should be, quite separate from his public life.

Elena Tellez
4 months ago

Terrific article, Jeff. You are 100% spot on.

anna hubert
4 months ago

In order to survive the game played in Washington rules must be observed else those around you and the media will peck you to death I do not expect any heroism there might be a maverick but very few would dare to show an open support

Tim Toroian
4 months ago

If the Dems held a real majority in the Senate he’d do the country more good to stay Democrat but in this case, he should switch just to teach the Squab a lesson.
I have Grammarly premium so I wrote what I meant. I also reverted to the name Peking.

Robert
4 months ago

Build Back “Worse” is just more of the same swamp crap….payoffs to Democratic supporters, buying votes, and the selling of programs designed to increase the wealth of the Senator and House members that are ruining the country…..same old commie greed garbage….

LiamL
4 months ago

Hopefully Manchin helps ensure that we get to have a 2022 election.

Art
4 months ago

ACCORDING TO DONALD TRUMP “THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU. I AM IN THE WAY. THIS NOW APPLIES TO JOE MANCHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS IN THE WAY! I DON’T CARE WHAT LABEL HE WEARS AS LONG AS HE USES REASONABLE THOUGHT AND ARGUMENTS TO SUPPORT HIS DECISIONS.

Garye
4 months ago

So the dishonest democrats,and media with their socialist agenda have misrepresented Senator Manchin as a despicable individual who single handedly stopped the joebama communist fleecing of America, while totally ignoring that 49 Republicans also voted against this garbage!!!
The democrats are liars!

Lynell Wendell
4 months ago

Thank you to Joe Manchin for standing his ground and not wanting to see our grandchildren and great grandchildren burdened with this massive debt. God bless you and God bless America.

J. Shenk
4 months ago
Reply to  Lynell Wendell

I’d thought Manchin would sell-out, but he’s indeed steadfastly holding his ground. Perhaps I’ve misjudged the man. (This is one instance where being proven wrong would be easy for me to accept.)

D.P.
4 months ago

While I do applaud Manchin on this one account of denying BBB this time…..he is still a political animal and has a history of compromise, swaffeling and weakness along the way. If he stands his ground now, will he do so come the first of the year when Congress gathers again to propose the BBB bill in all its “glory?” While Manchin is given accolades from one side and condemnation from the other, you can bet he will make decisions based on his own political status while faking conservative or moderate attitudes, as long as it meets with his personal agenda……that has been his history, and I don’t see this leopard changing his spots…..but if he does, he will have to go all the way……complete separation from any democrat platform of any shape or form…..only then will I trust his moves…..and still will look on him with eyes and ears looking and listening to see if he fits the old adage…..don’t believe anything said, and only half of what you see……from any and all politicians. Period….end of message.

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