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McConnell Talks About Taking Down Biden’s Agenda—Manchin and the Moderates Are Doing It

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The centrists have betrayed us.

This week, President Joe Biden saw his grand infrastructure bargain lurch closer to political oblivion after Sen. Joe Manchin urged Biden to slam the brakes on the $3.5 trillion party-line portion of the package until 2022.

If that news didn’t cause migraines in the West Wing, Biden also received a kick to the teeth from Arizona Senator and pharmaceutical industry darling Kyrsten Sinema, who told the White House to kick sand on its nearly yearlong effort to lower prescription drug prices. Both Manchin and Sinema’s “centrist” positions represent views well outside the Democratic mainstream—and prove there’s nothing moderate about these radicals.

Biden built his brand as the spokesman for political compromise and big tent consensus, even when walking that path put him at odds with his own party’s resurgent progressives. In practice, that meant avoiding the raw partisanship and legislative power politics that empower Republican majorities and instead moving at the speed of Democrats’ most conservative lawmakers. And while Mitch McConnell talks a lot about strangling the Biden presidency. centrist Democrats are actually doing it.

Manchin’s rightward shift is depressing but unsurprising in a party that has been willing to chase him through multiple public humiliations. Face it, he’s just not into the Democratic agenda. Just two weeks ago, Manchin took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to lobby for trillions of dollars in cuts to Biden’s spending bill. Now Manchin doesn’t want the vote to........

© The Daily Beast

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