Living in a culture of lies is deeply corrosive and the only thing it teaches is contempt. But that’s just life in Washington D.C.
Less than 30 minutes before he killed the Democratic Party’s most important piece of legislation, an aide was dispatched by Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) to give the White House and congressional leadership a heads up.
The senator himself was about to go live and was prepping for his interview with BRET BAIER on “Fox News Sunday.” He was out of town with family and doing the hit via satellite, but still had his best Sunday show attire. He wore a red tie and pin-striped suit. His hair looked perfect. It would probably be one of the most viral video clips of his long career.
At the White House, there was panic and disbelief. He sent an aide to tell the president of the United States that he was about to go on Fox News and put a bullet in BBB?
Top White House officials scrambled to call the senator and talk him out of what he was about to do.
“We tried to head him off,” a senior White House official told Playbook, but Manchin “refused to take a call from White House staff.”
In Congress, there was disgust among Democrats. “Manchin didn’t have the courage to call the White House or Democratic leadership himself ahead of time,” said one Democrat familiar with the morning’s drama.
Last week, it was widely reported that Democrats were pivoting away from BBB to their election rigging legislation.
Not only were they not suddenly surprised, but they were moving away from BBB because they knew that it wasn’t happening.
When Democrats and their media falsely portray Manchin’s FOX News appearance as some sort of shocking betrayal, they’re lying. This was not how they “found out”. The negotiations were effectively dead as they knew that they were going to be. If they’re upset at anything it’s that Manchin preempted them in going public about it, not that he left them in the dark.