As recent as the 2004 elections, Democrats promoted their political party as the protectors of blue-collar union workers and people of color. Unchecked by their constituents, progressive cities with large urban areas were mismanaged leading to massive job loss, factory closures, and increasing poverty numbers.
In 2008, first-term Senator Barack Obama won the Presidency as a progressive who was going to work to dramatically change the county.
If we fast forward to 2021, President Joe Biden, in frequent consultation with Mr. Obama, is aggressively advancing even more radical policies. Their recent Marxist bills appear to have moved the party too far to the left, leaving 2 of their moderate U.S. Senators behind.
Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) have publically taken a stand against the Democrat’s huge 3.5T spending bill. This has enraged a few of the 48 Democrats ready to vote yes. Without any Republican support, the party thought they could still ram the massive spending bill through using the reconciliation process but are now short of the needed 50 votes.
Manchin has told multiple media outlets that he has a significant philosophical difference with the party. He believes there are issues in the Build Back Better bill that would move the United States toward an “entitlement mentality” and that he cannot accept that.
"I cannot accept our economy, or basically our society, moving towards an entitlement mentality."
— Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says his hesitancy regarding reconciliation is because he is prioritizing "means testing." pic.twitter.com/w9tuVPPJ7j
— The Recount (@therecount) September 30, 2021
He also said he will not support any package unless it contains the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, except in cases of incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.
Senator Manchin who represents a very conservative constituency appears to be feeling pressure from them too.
Mother Jones is reporting Manchin might leave the Democratic party soon. It is unclear whether in this scenario Manchin would end up caucusing with the Democrats, which would allow them to continue to control the Senate, or side with the Republicans and place the Senate in GOP hands. In either event, he would hold great sway over this half of Congress.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 20, 2021
In recent days, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand to cut the size of the social infrastructure bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion, according to people who have heard Manchin discuss this. Manchin has said that if this were to happen, he would declare himself an “American Independent.” And he has devised a detailed exit strategy for his departure.
Manchin has been in the center of a wild rush of negotiations with his fellow Democrats and the White House over a possible compromise regarding Biden’s ambitious Build Back Better package, and Manchin’s opposition to key provisions—including Medicare and Medicaid expansion, an expanded child tax credit, and measures to address climate change—has been an obstacle that the Democrats have yet to overcome. As these talks have proceeded, Manchin has discussed bolting from the Democratic Party—perhaps to place pressure on Biden and Democrats in these negotiations.
He told associates that he has a two-step plan for exiting the party. First, he would send a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, removing himself from the Democratic leadership of the Senate. (He is vice chair of the Senate Democrats’ policy and communications committee.) Manchin hopes that would send a signal. He would then wait and see if that move had any impact on the negotiations. After about a week, he said, he would change his voter registration from Democrat to independent.
Manchin has met with Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and a variety of his fellow Senate Democrats this week in an effort to strike a deal.
Manchin told associates that he was prepared to initiate his exit plan earlier this week and had mentioned the possibility to Biden. But he was encouraged by the conversations with Sanders and top Democrats that occurred at the start of the week and did not yet see a reason to take this step. Still, he has informed associates that because he is so out of sync with the Democratic Party, he believes it is likely he will leave the party by November 2022.
I am not sure how serious Senator Manchin is when it comes to leaving the party, but he is definitely in the driver’s seat, next to Sinema, when it comes to the huge spending bills, held up by both of them.