Democrats were convinced they’d win everything they wanted after the mainstream media polls predicted a landslide victory for Joe Biden leading up to Election Day.
That didn’t happen — and among liberal lawmakers, divisions are already taking shape.
For Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and his hopes of a filibuster-proof Senate and a packed Supreme Court, it was very bad news.
The liberal wishlist he promised following the election is crumbling before his own eyes. He virtually guaranteed that the Democrats would go to the extreme once they had a clear majority in the Senate.
“Let me be clear,” he told reporters in response to the GOP replacing the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Amy Coney Barrett. “Nothing is off the table.”
But his revenge tour is being cut short. Not only did his hopes to flip the Senate die after Tuesday’s elections, but there seems to be growing dissent within the party.
Blue-collar Democrats are running like hell away from radical policy.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., is speaking out against the far-left.
Manchin told Fox News plain and simple that Schumer’s pie in the sky dreams of a radical Capitol Hill wasn’t happening.
“Let me be clear,” he told Bret Baier. “I will not vote to pack the courts & I will not vote to end the filibuster. The U.S. Senate is the most deliberative body in the world. It was made so that we work together in a bipartisan way. If you get rid of the filibuster, there’s no reason to have a Senate.”
Let me be clear: I will not vote to pack the courts & I will not vote to end the filibuster. The U.S. Senate is the most deliberative body in the world. It was made so that we work together in a bipartisan way. If you get rid of the filibuster, there's no reason to have a Senate. pic.twitter.com/g0fasdzVmt
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 10, 2020
Well, there you have it.
It’s worth noting that Manchin just so happens to be the only senator who so far is vocal about his break with the radical tide shifting in the Democratic Party. But it’s unlikely he’s the only one who feels this way.
Former Rep. Steve King responded to Manchin’s declaration saying:
“Joe, You have delivered an excellent message for America to Brett Baier,” he wrote on Twitter. “Centrist Democrats can partner with R’s. Too bad there are so few of you.”
Considering that the Senate could be nearly split in 2021, just a single centrist Democrat is all that’s needed to dash Schumer’s dreams.
And there are bunches.
The Horn editorial team