This jaw dropping picture exposed the massive mistake Chuck Schumer just committed
Democrats got some bad news.
It came on a day when Democrats thought they scored a major triumph.
And this jaw dropping picture exposed the massive mistake Chuck Schumer just committed.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surrendered on the Democrats’ demands to allow them to pass a short-term debt ceiling increase without using the reconciliation process.
Chuck Schumer boasted about McConnell rolling over and dying in a speech on the Senate floor.
“I thank my Democratic colleagues for showing unity in solving this Republican-manufactured crisis,” Schumer bragged. “Despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our caucus held together and we have pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”
But during the speech, the C-SPAN cameras caught West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin with his head in his hands as Schumer spiked the football and took a victory lap.
After the speech, Manchin went even further, profanely criticizing Schumer to his face about the tone of his speech.
“Manchin told Schumer the speech was ‘f*cking stupid,’ according to four sources. Then Manchin complained to reporters too. The incident doesn’t really signify anything, except to show how tense everyone is in the Senate these days. And it’s only going to get worse,” Punchbowl News reported.
Schumer cannot afford to alienate Joe Manchin.
Democrats still would like to bully Republicans into voting for a long-term debt ceiling increase.
But the Democrats’ only leverage is the threat to blow up the filibuster.
Without Joe Manchin on board, that is an empty threat since Schumer needs all 50 Democrats united to nuke the filibuster.
Manchin reacting angrily to Schumer gloating over a temporary victory will not make it more likely that Manchin will give up on his opposition to eliminating the filibuster and will only force Democrats into having to use reconciliation to raise the debt ceiling.