In the aftermath of Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va) announcement that he is definitely a “no” vote on Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” $1.75 trillion boondoggle-in-the-making, the senator’s fellow Democrats have launched one tirade after another against him, when it should be the polling numbers of their own president they should worry about.
Or, maybe they’re after Manchin to distract public attention from the dismal performance Biden has been delivering since taking office 11 months ago.
A new Rasmussen survey released Tuesday reveals only 31 percent of likely voters “say Biden is the politician who most represents their political views, while 44% say Trump best represents them.” Carving things out further, Rasmussen says “While 73% of Republican voters say Trump represents their views, only 58% of Democrats feel Biden represents them.”
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One other revelation of the new survey is that “11% say New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez best represents them, while eight percent (8%) said GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell most represents their political views.” Also, according to Rasmussen, “Nearly a fifth (19%) of Democratic voters say Ocasio-Cortez most represents their political views.”
Among Independents, “Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 47% say Trump represents their views, 22% say Biden and 11% say AOC.”
But Manchin is in the hot seat for derailing his party’s effort to saddle taxpayers with additional debt. He told Fox News Sunday that he “cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, I just can’t…I can’t get there…This is a no.”
“Despite my best efforts,” Manchin explained, “I cannot explain the sweeping Build Back Better Act in West Virginia and I cannot vote to move forward on this mammoth piece of legislation.”
It has caused fits in the Democratic caucus, with Ocasio-Cortez declaring she represents more voters than Manchin—which is demonstrably untrue—and more recently, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) “accusing him of not caring about African Americans and other minority groups ‘as a White man.’”
And Juan Williams, writing at Fox News, portrayed the West Virginia senator as something akin to a Christmas-season Scrooge, asserting, “Manchin turned his back on President Biden and Congressional Democrats. But he also turned his back on most Americans who support passage of the bill.”
Williams complained that Manchin let down the 76 percent of people who “support the need for the government to put money into support for Medicaid home care for the elderly and disabled, according to the Morning Consult/Politico poll. And 71% said having Medicare negotiate the price of prescription drugs, also in the bill, is a good idea.”
What isn’t being reported anywhere but Fox News is how Manchin’s constituents are reacting. “West Virginians who spoke with Fox News” the network is reporting, “said they supported Sen. Joe Manchin’s decision to oppose President Biden’s Build Back Better Act.”
The consensus among people quoted by Fox News is that Manchin properly applied the brakes to a massive spending measure that would have cost jobs and saddled them with more debt.
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