If we had to pick our favorite Democrat in the Senate, the prize would probably have to go to Joe Manchin of West Virginia. This guy is a conservative trapped in a Democrat’s body, and he’s probably further to the right than he’s actually allowed to appear in public. In fact, we’d lay out a good bet that if you were in a room, blindfolded, with Manchin and your average New York Republican, you’d guess wrong every time. Nonetheless, Manchin usually finds himself voting along party lines because that’s just what politicians do these days, especially in the era of the “Resistance.”
This leads to some humorous interviews, though, such as when Manchin sat down with a local radio host named Hoppy Kercheval and tried to explain why he voted against the recent tax legislation. And while Manchin did manage to come up with some shaky reasons for voting no, he did have to admit that his vote wasn’t necessarily in the best interests of his constituents.
“There’s some good in this bill. I acknowledge that,” Manchin said Wednesday. “The things that you mention are correct. Initially people will benefit and see some changes in their taxes.”
Manchin then went on to spout the party line about taxes going up in a decade if Congress doesn’t extend the cuts, which they almost certainly will as long as Republicans are still at the helm. Which is like saying you’re going to pass on this delicious chocolate cake right now because there might not be any left in 2027. It doesn’t make a lick of sense, and it certainly doesn’t help the people of West Virginia. What it DOES do, though, is keep you on the good side of Chuck Schumer, which is all that Manchin was trying to do with his vote.
“Why did the permanency have to go on the big end, and not on the individuals who really got left behind?” Manchin asked. “I think there is going to be benefit from the get-go, which is called the sugar high.”
The sugar high. Okay. Sure.
Unfortunately for Manchin and the rest of the Democratic Party, that “sugar high” is going to last a long, long time. Long enough to push Republicans through the midterms. Long enough to get Trump re-elected in three years. Quite possibly long enough to have another Republican succeed him, like Bush to Reagan. So yeah, that’s a hell of a long sugar high. Democrats had better hope the crash comes a lot sooner than that, because otherwise they are going to look really, really bad for the next ten years.