Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) speaks to reporters before attending a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 18, 2022. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

For a year, Manchin has been making his position on his fellow Democrats’ grand policy ambitions clear. They have yet to get the message.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen historians come to write the political history of the year 2021, they will wonder in amazement at how steadfastly the Democratic Party refused to heed Senator Manchin’s plain words. The declination was routine and complete. Manchin made it clear that he would not support scrapping the filibuster; 48 of his colleagues heard “there’s a chance.” Manchin compiled a list of the provisions he wouldn’t vote for; Nancy Pelosi threw them into a bill and forced them through the House. Manchin told Chuck Schumer that he would not consent to a Bernie Sanders–led spendathon; Schumer tried to pass the New


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