So this came across the transom–and most establishment Democrats belatedly agree with it:
Manchin on WV radio saying he knew from the beginning he wouldn't support BBB, but let Democrats negotiate.
That he got to his "wits end" after staff (either White House or Senate) did *something* that angered him enough to just come out and say he was never going to get to yes
— Tara Golshan (@taragolshan) December 20, 2021
He’s also a narcissist, who believes, like Sen. Joe Lieberman, that he is The Last Righteous Man in the Senate™. Rub these two shitty things together, and he was never negotiating in good faith–nor was he capable of doing so. He always shifted the goalposts, and he’s enough of a narcissist to be able to convince himself that he is the aggrieved party.
And if you’re wondering what I think we can do to fix this, I have no fucking clue. Maybe UNLEASH THE BERNIE! to go scorched earth on his ass because, given his overwrought, hysterical response to Sanders’ writing a single op-ed for the largest paper in West Virginia, that might be the one thing that would scare the shit out of him. Other than that, I got nothing.
Happy Fucking Tuesday.