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orlbucfan

T and R, Merry Christmas Week, and thanks, jcb!! 🙂

Benny

Benny

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/12/22/trump-alums-david-mccormick-staff-525935

Hedge fund executive David McCormick is expected to launch his Pennsylvania Senate candidacy with the help of former top advisers to former President Donald Trump.

The list includes Trump White House veteran Hope Hicks. Hicks, who has been helping McCormick arrange meetings and reach out to people ahead of his anticipated early 2022 announcement, is working on her first campaign since being a top staffer on Trump’s 2016 effort.

Benny

It won’t solve the equity issues for those trying to get dispensary licenses (yes, I’m looking at you, IL) but it could lead to the SAFE act for banking.

Benny

Joe Manchin for President

Before LBJ took over leadership of the Senate Democratic caucus in the early 1950s, anybody who suggested that he would one day become the most consequential elected champion of civil rights in nearly 100 years would have been laughed out of the smoke-filled room.

Yet just a few years later, the protégé of the arch-segregationist and white supremacist Sen. Richard Russell had broken with his mentor and muscled through the 1957 Civil Rights Act, followed later, as president, by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. None of that meant Johnson stopped being racist; rather, he saw where the future was heading.

Johnson correctly recognized that segregationist politics had taken him as far as they could, and in order to rise to become a national figure, he needed to flip and become an ally of the civil rights movement. Johnson’s genius lay in his ability to see changing political landscapes and the potential for new coalitions embedded within them — and to shape himself to be the one at the center of that new coalition.

Johnson could easily have clung to segregationist politics and continued winning (and stealing) elections the rest of his life as a steadfast champion of the New Deal. Sen. Joe Manchin’s capacity to continue winning elections as a centrist, pro-business Democrat in West Virginia is less assured, but Manchin appears to believe that he can continue to hold on by making the defense of the coal industry — a business in which he is not just a referee but also a player — central to his politics. In objecting to the Build Back Better Act, Manchin argued that its investments in clean energy were pushing the economy too quickly away from fossil fuels, and he has objected to multiple specific provisions that he believes are unfair to coal.

Ironically, a path remarkably similar to the one that opened up for Johnson is now laid out before Manchin, but Manchin’s narrow view of himself and his potential means that he’s unlikely to see it. The imaginary ceiling he sees just above his head is unusual for a senator — a creature that, as the adage goes, wakes up and sees a president in the mirror — and for a man who incessantly pines for the glory days of his governorship, when he had genuine executive authority, the thing he tells colleagues he misses the most. Yet he doesn’t miss it enough to see his path toward gaining it at the national level.

If Manchin had more political imagination and more confidence behind his own ambition, he might see that breaking with coal and austerity is his only path out of his own political death spiral — and could even position him for the presidency.

LBJ AND MANCHIN came up under similar circumstances, both the sons of small-time rural politicians. Johnson’s father, who served in the statehouse in Austin, Texas, went bust twice in the cotton business, with Johnson driven to redeem the family name. Manchin’s grandfather and father were both mayors of Farmington, West Virginia, the former a grocer and the latter the owner of a carpet store. His uncle A. James Manchin also got into politics but resigned in disgrace from the position of state treasurer. It didn’t dampen the hope of Manchin’s father to build a political dynasty modeled after the Kennedy family. The connection was personal: The Manchins served as West Virginia “sherpas” for President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 primary victory there.

Manchin is a completely different senator from Johnson, even if their backgrounds and politics betray similarities. Johnson peered at the Senate, divined its nature, and bent it to his will by building momentary political coalitions others hadn’t seen. He was also operating in a more fluid Senate, in the middle of a political realignment that produced the ossified chamber Manchin entered in 2010. Manchin peered at the Senate, saw a chamber divided by party, and went to work using his personal amiability to overcome the structural obstacles to his cherished bipartisanship. While Manchin fought the partisan realignment and flailed helplessly, Johnson leaned into it and rode it to national power. Manchin’s approach to the Senate — use the filibuster to try to reverse time and bring back the allegedly halcyon days of the old upper chamber — is much closer to Russell’s than to Johnson’s.

But if Manchin was interested, the Democratic presidential bench is as light as it’s been in generations. The vice president is the subject of endless speculation about the nature and cause of her collapse, and whether the president will run for reelection is a wide open question (he claims that he will). In a world where Manchin decided to swing to the coal miners union, which is pleading with him to reconsider his opposition to Build Back Better, instead of siding with the coal mine owners, new possibilities immediately open for him.

Democratic primary voters and the media organs through which their news is filtered have become increasingly pragmatic in their thinking when it comes to the nomination process. While Republican voters are willing to take a flyer on a wild card like Barry Goldwater or Donald Trump, Democratic voters try to pick a winner. Both Black voters and white suburban voters base their own decision-making on their hapless efforts to divine which Democratic candidate will be most appealing — or least unappealing — to those inscrutable white working-class voters who drive election coverage. That Democratic primary voters are not terribly good at answering that question — they nominated John Kerry because they thought nobody could besmirch the patriotic credentials of a war hero — hasn’t diminished their willingness to try.

In a world where Manchin saved the Biden presidency and enacted a sweeping Build Back Better Act, and followed it up by carving a filibuster exception for voting rights, he would immediately surge to the top of the presidential pack, applauded by everyone from the Rev. William Barber II to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Sunrise Movement to the United Mine Workers. For primary voters wondering what kind of candidate might appeal to voters in the hinterlands, there’s no more hinterland candidate than a senator from West Virginia. And once a candidate claims a nomination in our polarized era, they’re virtually guaranteed a close election.

There would of course be those crying foul, warning that Manchin can’t be trusted and is only cynically pivoting toward his new politics — I would be loudly among them — just as there were such liberal doubters of Johnson’s claims of conversion, which came along with his insistence on continuing to drop the N-word in conversation. But in the end, it doesn’t matter for the Civil Rights Act whether the signature on it was written with love or with cynical political ambition and a dose of racism in mind. Nor does it matter to carbon emissions whether they are reduced with warm feelings or in the pursuit of cold ambition.

That the comparison you’ve just read is absurd to contemplate, however, may itself be the most revealing evidence of the bankruptcy of Manchin’s political imagination. Even President Joe Biden, who spent his career as the definition of a defensive, incrementalist moderate, has recognized the moment’s possibility. But he can’t get there without Manchin, and Manchin, lost in an abandoned mine shaft, can’t see his way there.

polarbear4

Well they don’t actually “try to pick a winner “

They shape and form and push the person that will do their bidding.

Torabs
Torabs

The sooner we rid ourselves of the delusion that Democrats care about popularity or winning anything electorally, the better.

wi63

Hell yea!!!!!

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

What would you suggest as the next step?

wi63

Hopefully get more progressives in office as the centrists die off or choose not to run. I know easier said than done

Torabs
Torabs

Exactly. Keep fighting to get as many better people in as many positions as possible. Stop voting blue no matter who, the phonies will turn around and work against you as soon as they get elected.

Punish every single turncoat who shows their true colors. Let’s not get fooled twice!

orlbucfan

The only similarity between Manchin and LBJ is being born working class. Has anyone on here read any of the Robert Caro books on LBJ? Johnson was miles ahead of Manchin in terms of smart. He had an unusual intuitive ability to see political patterns. He got it from his father who was a successful local TX politician. Johnson hated seeing his father go bust twice in business. He was already hooked by politics and more ruthless than his father. His dad’s business failures humbled him. They also added fuel to his ambition. The state and country were better for it. He learned how to manipulate power. He was a genius in backroom deals. I highly recommend the LBJ books by Caro. The first one is the best. There was a lot of self-caused sadness in his life, too.

Benny

polarbear4

oh thank god. yay loan activists and progressives!

Benny

orlbucfan

Way to go, CPC!!!!!!! Now, get more progressives elected!! The grassroots can do it. Climate catastrophe is staring us in the face. We desperately need to address it.

wi63

Were at the point of no return now due to procrastination by the PTB, All we can do is manage it and mitigate damage

polarbear4

orlbucfan

She’s running against DWS. Perelman is building name recognition in that part of the state.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Benny

polarbear4

gotta laff

orlbucfan

Glad that rag is behind a paywall.

polarbear4

ty the tpw gods i stayed logged in all day. 💫

polarbear4

Stressing a need to pass the “enormously important” Build Back Better bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders said this week that failure to do so would indicate to Americans that Democrats “don’t have the guts to take on the powerful special interests.”

The Vermont Independent’s remarks on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on Monday night came after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced on Fox News that he was a “no” on his party’s social spending and climate reconciliation package, delivering a potential death blow to the legislation his opposition had already weakened.

The announcement prompted ire from progressive groups as well as renewed demands from some Democrats that the Senate be brought back into session so that Manchin would have to go on record for voting against a bill that would provide much-needed benefits to his own constituents and beyond.

In an apparent reference to Manchin and another right-wing Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Sanders criticized “two senators” who’ve acted with regards to BBB negotiations that “it’s my way or the highway.”

Such a stance, said Sanders, is “an arrogance that I think is unacceptable.”

He also rebuked “people like Mr. Manchin,” who are “turning their backs on the working families of this country, allowing the big money interest once again to prevail and basically saying, ‘If I don’t get everything I want, I’m not going forward.’ That is not acceptable to me.”

What has to happen now, he said, is for leadership to bring the BBB bill to the Senate floor for a vote. Then, Manchin “will have to tell the people of West Virginia and this country why he is supporting all of the powerful special interests in this country—the drug companies, the insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry, the very wealthy who do not want to pay anything more in federal taxes.”

Another step is for Democrats to have better messaging around the bill, said Sanders. He gave as one example the monthly checks from the expanded Child Tax Credit families are poised to see cut off-—”despite the fact we’ve reduced childhood poverty through that by almost 40%.”

The focus right now, Sanders said, must not be solely on Manchin but instead fall more broadly.

“It is about the Democratic Party trying to restore faith with the American people that they actually stand for something,” said Sanders.

“Do we have the guts to take on the drug companies who are spending over $300 million in lobbying right now? Is that the Democratic Party?” he asked.

“Do they have the guts to take on the private insurance company who do not want us to expand Medicare and dental, hearing, and eyeglasses?” he added. “Do we have the courage to do what the scientists are telling us has to be done and transform our energy system away from fossil fuel?”

wi63

No Bernie, other than you and a few others they dont have the guts. We need to elect more people like yourself while we still can