The Embarrassment was palpable as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) threw what amounted to a massive, and very public temper tantrum from the well of the Senate on October 7th directed at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Republicans over the controversy surrounding an increase to the debt ceiling which was passed with the help of 11 GOP votes in what many including President Trump and Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul consider a massive strategic mistake. Even after getting what he wanted from Mitch, Schumer turned on his Republican colleagues with wrath that he didn’t get EVERYTHING that he and his radical Democrats are seeking but rather a temporary reprieve from a government shutdown. However, not all Democrats agree with Schumer, in fact: stunning leftist pundits, moderate Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) the de facto most powerful man in the US Government today, dropped his face into his hands and shook his head in shame as Schumer fumed and bloviated.
Schumer attempted to shift blame to the Republicans of the Senate,
“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,”
“Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans insisted they wanted a solution to the debt ceiling but said Democrats must raise it alone by going through a drawn-out convoluted and risky reconciliation process,”
Schumer said as Manchin looked on from behind shaking his head and putting his hands on his face in an apparent display of frustration. “That was simply unacceptable to my caucus.” Manchin rose and walked away as if sickened by the display.
Leader Schumer went to complain that this would’ve been the “first-ever Republican manufactured default on the national debt,” in spite of months and months of warnings from the GOP that the Democrats would need to rely on reconciliation to increase the debt ceiling, due to their budgetary demands which were a non-starter. Schumer now infamously said that Senate Republicans needed to “stay out of the way and let Democrats address that debt limit ourselves,” McConnell and the GOP did just that, they stood aside and let the drama play out, in a battle of the Democrats… against themselves. But that wouldn’t do. No, Schumer needed to blame the Republicans much to Sen. Manchin’s dismay as he has stubbornly demanded bipartisanship and compromise, any hope of which Schumer has destroyed.
Manchin’s Embarrassment Shows The Dems Are Coming Apart
As Schumer blathered on targeting Mitch McConnell with his vitriolic bile Manchin left the Senate. Outside the chamber, reporters questioned him on his response. The West Virginia Democrat was clearly very dismayed at what he had witnessed.
“I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time,” he told reporters.
“We have to de-weaponize. You can’t be playing politics. None of us can — on both sides,” Manchin said. “Civility is gone.”
Not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill, but rather 11 of them voted procedurally to end the filibuster leading to a party-line vote. I was a meaningless surrender that even McConnell seems to regret now. The Senate Minority Leader in a later letter to Joe Biden informed the White House that this reprieve was one-time-only, and there will not be another. If Schumer intends to run-up to the cliff’s edge again, McConnell will hopefully let him.