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Manchin: The Man in the Middle Moves

Jamie Stiehm on

Manchin extracted a concession for a gas pipeline in his state.

But let me tell you, Senate Democrats are lucky to have a popular former governor on their side, a different cup of tea as he may be. As frustrating as the process was, it's borne fruit.

The only other Southern Democrats in the Senate are from Atlanta, the bustling big city of the New South. Georgia's Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are Jewish and Black, each elected to their seats on Jan. 5, 2021.

Manchin took the seat of the late Robert C. Byrd, a masterly figure in Senate history. Byrd started off badly, and he said so many times, filibustering against the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s.

No senator ever changed more than Byrd on the job. Siding with liberals, he gave thundering floor speeches against the Iraq War.


The capacity for change is a gift in a scorching summer.


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