“I spent half a year writing about Build Back Better and all I got was this t-shirt.”
In utterly shocking news, Senator Manchin kept his promise on BBB and after six months of strongly implying that he was a racist, the White House folded rather than agree to a fiscally responsible plan that wouldn’t, say, drive up inflation to build billions of dollars worth of electric car chargers.
Manchin had made his position clear long ago, but Jen Psaki accused him of a “reversal” even though the only reversal here was Biden accidentally trying to hold his press conference in the ladies’ room.
The media is hysterically howling that Manchin has wrecked Biden’s agenda and ensured that the Democrats will lose.
1. Biden doesn’t have an agenda. Whoever types stuff into his teleprompter does.
2. Americans want to get inflation and crime under control. BBB, despite throwing some crumbs to the public, was all about Dem pork. Passing it would have made no meaningful difference electorally. If nothing else, it frees Dems to focus on what really matters, exploring new gimmicks for rigging all three branches of government while ghostwriting op-eds for the Washington Post about their latest coup.
3. If the Dems had wanted to pass BBB, maybe they should have spent the past 6 months actually hammering it into a shape that could get enough votes to pass.
But it’s easier to keep cursing Manchin than to own the fail.