In a year scarred by so many individuals, from celebrities to academics to mere social media users, resorting to pathetic groveling in response to bullying and threats of repercussions for rightful conduct or simply stating an opinion that does not conform to Woke World cant, Sen. Joe Manchin’s refusal to be a weenie stands out like the shining city on the hill. And after several frustrating days in which I have been searching my data banks to find ten public figures I could justifiably say I admired, Senator Manchin has made the list. (I’m still three short.)
Today Manchin responded to the White House’s attack on him for staying true to his principles, telling West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval,
[ Speaker Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer] figured surely to God we can move one person. Sure that we can badger and beat one person up. Surely we can get enough protestors to make that person uncomfortable enough they’ll just say ‘Okay I’ll vote for anything,” just quit… ‘I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from and they can’t just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive. Period…[I told them]this is a 50-50 Senate. You all are approaching legislation as if you had 55 or 60 Senators or Democrats, and you can do whatever you want. Well, you know what? We’re all a little bit diverse, I said. I’m not a Washington Democrat. I’m fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. Now, if there’s no Democrats like that, then they have to push me wherever they want me.
Unfortunately, Manchin also exonerated President Biden for the harsh words aimed at him once his decision to oppose the “Build Back Better” bill was announced. “It’s not the President,’ Manchin said. “It’s the staff. And they drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is. And that’s it.” Manchin’s wrong about that, and wrong to let Biden escape responsibility. It’s his staff, and if he isn’t controlling their actions, then that is a big problem. If they are controlling his actions, it’s an even bigger problem.
Still, no weenie he.