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No one is "appeasing" Manchin. What the hell do you think the party can do about him -- fire him? He was elected, and there's not a damn thing that can be done to force him to vote in a way he doesn't want to vote.

I find him disgusting -- he's more concerned about his career than about the country, and isn't much better than a Republican in his positions -- but it's outside the power of the party to do anything about him -- or Sinema, for that matter. If more Democrats had been supported in more states and we had a more dependable majority in the Senate, Democrats would actually be "in control" of that body. As it is, and as someone in a thread above stated so accurately, we only have 48 REAL DEMOCRATS in the Senate, and the Republicans have a dependable 50 on almost every issue.

I keep hearing from you and others that "the Democrats" are somehow at fault because one or two jerks ran as "Democrats," got elected, and yet don't support the policies of the party to which they belong. That is THEIR RESPONSIBILITY and not the fault of the party they're defying. And neither you nor anyone else who keeps making that unjust complaint about "the Democrats" has provided a single suggestion of what the hell can be done about it. Without Manchin, McConnell gets the leadership and gets to decide what bills can even come to the floor.

I frankly think you should explain what brilliant strategy would force Manchin to support the Democratic Party's goals and vote with the majority of Democrats for the policies implementing those goals or you should maybe just stop bitching about it. Because if YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MAKE HIM STOP OBSTRUCTING THE PARTY, I'M GUESSING NO ONE ELSE DOES, EITHER.

It would be lovely, wouldn't it, if someone had something on him to blackmail him? As long as it were, say, someone named "Chuck." One wonders, from time to time, if someone named "Mitch" might have more information than you or I.

I sure as hell don't.

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