What place would Manchin not want on others? The one the place he’s — nearly single-handedly — figuring out what makes it in (and what’s ignored) of President Joe Biden’s huge social security internet invoice?
I imply, come on.
A proposal to broaden Medicare to cowl dental, imaginative and prescient and listening to? “Here is the factor. Mr. Manchin is — is against that,” acknowledged Biden.
Free neighborhood school? “Here is the deal. Mr. Manchin and one different individual has indicated that they won’t assist free neighborhood school,” stated Biden. (The “different individual” is Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.)
A clear power plan that has been dropped from the general bundle? “Joe Manchin’s argument is: ‘Look, we nonetheless have coal in my state,'” defined Biden. “You are going to remove it will definitely. We all know it is going away. We all know it will be gone, however do not rush it so quick that my folks do not have something to do.”
At one level, Biden overtly admitted how a lot energy anyone senator has in a 50-50 Senate.
“Once you’re in the US Senate and also you’re president of the US and you’ve got 50 Democrats, each one is a president,” Biden stated to laughter kind the group. “Each single one. So you have to work issues out.”
Manchin has purposely put himself on this place because the deciding vote on the Biden agenda. He has accomplished so as a result of a) it permits him to exert most affect over stated agenda and b) it’s good for his politics in a state the place Donald Trump received overwhelmingly in 2016 and 2020.
Which is ok! And completely his proper! However, let’s not fake that Manchin is a few form of reluctant power-wielder. That is politics, in any case.