Joe Manchin

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Progressives are peeved at Joe Manchin while West Virginia basks in Biden’s love
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1. THE CHARM OFFENSIVE: Progressives are fuming at Sen. Joe Manchin, but the White House continues to woo the West Virginia Democrat, including with the occasional dinner on his houseboat. Insider dived into the charm offensive between Washington’s far-from-average Joes as infrastructure, voting rights, and the rest of Biden’s agenda hang in the balance.

Here’s a peek at what we found:

The list of favors continues to grow: “I’ve never had an administration pay this much attention,” Manchin recently told a local news outlet.

That list includes: Biden nominated Manchin’s wife, Gayle Conelly Manchin, to cochair the Appalachian Regional Commission, a patronage job that involves promoting economic development in the region. (She previously served as secretary of education and the arts for West Virginia.) While Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm spent two days with Manchin, announcing research and innovation in the state. The two later had dinner with their spouses on Manchin’s houseboat.

But all the doting has its limits: Manchin reaffirmed his opposition to his party’s sweeping voting-rights bill. He also has consistently defended keeping the filibuster, the Senate’s de facto 60-vote threshold for most legislation intact.

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He may also just be the tip of the iceberg: The Daily Beast points out that the West Virginian is often a squeaky wheel for fellow centrists who prefer to stay quiet.

Progressives are also losing their patience with Manchin: The Poor People’s Campaign, an anti-poverty group, has planned another march more directly targeting the lawmaker, dubbed the “Moral March on Manchin” in Charleston, West Virginia, next week. Manchin’s public squabbles with progressives and occasional stiff-arming of his party only further burnish his image in a state Biden lost by nearly 40 points.

But political strategists warn that sticks won’t sway the senator: “I think the president and his team are doing exactly what they need to do, “said Jim Manley, a former spokesman for then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, warning against “unduly antagonizing” Manchin.

about how Manchin is playing hard to get.

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Source:: Business Insider


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