Opinion: Joe Manchin and the Ten Good Republicans

  

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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Alexandra Petri - WaPo

Opinion: Joe Manchin and the Ten Good Republicans

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Joe Manchin was absolutely sure that there were Ten Republicans who could be found to vote in support of important legislation and that, consequently, there was no urgent need for filibuster reform.

“It’s time to come together,” he said, confidently. “I think there’s 10 good people.”

“Ten Republicans!” Joe’s friends said, when he told them. “Wow, Joe! That’s a large number! Are you sure that you saw them? Where did you see them?

“I will tell you,” Joe said. “I was out hiking in the woods and I saw them there. They seemed very friendly and very real, and much taller than I would have imagined. I shouted to them in greeting. I said, ‘Stay there, Ten Republicans, and I will bring you a bipartisan piece of legislation!’ I began running toward them, waving my arms in greeting. But on the way toward them, I stepped on something that made a loud cracking sound, and it must have startled them, because when I got to them with the bipartisan legislation, they were nowhere to be found.”

“Oh,” Joe’s friends said.

“But I have some pictures I managed to take of them,” Joe said. He held up a photograph of some large trees and something blurry in the midst of them that might have been a thumb.

“But then I saw more evidence!” Joe said. “I found a little ring of 10 toadstools in the middle of the woods, arranged just so. Everyone who studies these matters knows that is the sign that the Ten Republicans have been there. So I left some bipartisan legislation for them, as an offering, but when I came back several days later, nobody had signed onto it and it had been torn in half for some reason. I am sure it was a misunderstanding.”

“Hmm,” Joe’s friends said. “What else gives you confidence in them?”

“I will tell you,” Joe said. “I was riding on a plane and I happened to look out the window and —”

“You saw Ten Republicans clinging to the wing of the plane?” Joe’s friends asked.

“No!” Joe said. “Do not be ridiculous! They cannot survive at that altitude. I saw a craft of a mysterious sort, moving by a propulsion I could not identify. It was kind of a saucer, kind of a cigar. It seemed to be covered all over in flashing lights like eyes. I shouted out the window, ‘The Ten Republicans! I know that it is you! What an advanced vehicle you have made! We in West Virginia would be pleased as punch to help you manufacture one! Flash your lights to signify that you understand me, and that you would like to work on some bipartisan legislation together that will keep the Senate functional!’”

“And then?” Joe’s friends asked.

“Then,” Joe said, “well, I think a bird may have hit their craft, or something, because — nothing happened, and all the lights went abruptly dead.”

“Oh,” Joe’s friends said.

“But I have a picture of them!” Joe said, holding up another photograph of an airplane window and something blurry in the middle that looked like a thumb.

“Is that all?” Joe’s friends asked. “We have a lot of important legislation that really needs to get through, like the Jan. 6 commission, and I wish there were just a little more proof that the Ten Republicans, for lack of a better word, existed.”

“Here I am walking on the beach with them,” Joe said. “You can tell they were there because there is only one set of footprints.” Joe reached into his pocket. “Here is a best friends necklace that I got them. They let me keep both halves of it, which shows extra consideration! Here is our text history — you can see that they’ve received every single message!”

“Well, as long as they show up and vote for the Jan. 6 commission, as you hope they will do, I will gladly believe in them.”

“They absolutely will,” Joe said. “They will not fail entirely to materialize and allow the commission to fail  on a 54-to-35 vote , for which 11 senators  weren’t present at all !” He sighed. “Or if they do, I’m sure they have their reasons.” He reached into his pocket again. “Here is a picture of the filibuster working as it was designed to and making government more functional at any point over the past two decades!”

His friends looked very closely at it, but, once again, it appeared to be a thumb



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Hallux
Freshman Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

"And the painted ponies go up and down"

Joni M.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @1    2 weeks ago

"We're captive on the carousel of time"

Written when Joni M. was Joni A. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Reality Joe, it's a bitch.

Kyrsten Sinema 

Democrat from AZ gave a speech on how important it was to have the commission yet she didn't show up to vote.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
2.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Primaries, please... 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1    3 weeks ago
Primaries, please... 

Yes, that's the ticket!

Please do the same with Manchin!

No need for Democrats to keep people who they already know can be successful in winning in states not necessarily favorable to Democrats, so getting rid of them for someone else seems like a brilliant strategy to me.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
2.1.3  Bob Nelson  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

Gee... hadn't thought of that... jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1.3    3 weeks ago

figures.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Masters Guide
2.1.5  Thrawn 31  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1    3 weeks ago

Seriously, if they are going to just sit there and help the GOP block everything then what is the point of them even being there? 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
2.1.6  Bob Nelson  replied to  Thrawn 31 @2.1.5    3 weeks ago

Exactly. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
Masters Silent
2.1.7  dennis smith  replied to  Thrawn 31 @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

They were elected by Dem voters. Doesn't say much for their votes does it?

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Masters Guide
2.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Yeah... she most likely will not be seeing much support from me next time she is up for re-election.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
3  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

The fool DINO Manchin is nothing more than a mere opportunist political Munchkin who should team up with the scarecrow and the tin man - a fucking idiot and the disgrace of the Democrat Party.

 
 
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