但, wait there was more! “Congress should proceed with caution on any additional spending and I will not vote for a reckless expansion of government programs,” added Manchin. “No op-ed from a self-declared Independent socialist is going to change that.”
While that might not seem like much to you, for the obsessively polite Senate, that level of personal back-and-forth is roughly the equivalent of the Squid Game. And while it may the most personal Sanders and Manchin have been, it’s far from the first time the two men have taken their disagreements about the Biden agenda public in recent weeks.
“I can’t speak for Mr
. 曼钦. I’m not a psychologist
,” Sanders said on CNN earlier this month when asked about Manchin’s ongoing opposition to the social safety net legislation and its proposed
$ 3.5 trillion price tag
Manchin has given as well as he has gotten
. Asked about his opposition to a broader bill with a higher price tag
, the West Virginia Democrat responded
: “I don’t believe that we should turn our society into an entitlement society
. I think that we should still be a compassionate
, rewarding society.
To which Sanders then offered this: “[参议员] Manchin has a right to fight for his point of view, has not only a right to be heard, he has a right to get some compromises. He’s a member of the Senate. But two people do not have the right to sabotage what 48 want, and what the President of the United States wants. That to me is wrong.”
在星期一, Manchin shot back
, 再次, at Sanders
. “有 52 senators who don’t agree
, 好, and there’s two that want to work something out if possible in a most rational reasonable way
And as CNN’s Manu Raju reported earlier this month
, Biden equated getting the two men in the same room with
“杀人” after liberal Rep
. 罗·卡纳（Ro Khanna） (加利福尼亚州) suggested doing just that in hopes of hashing out a compromise
Both men insist that their disagreements are not personal — or taken as such. But to believe that, you have to believe that all politics isn’t personal, 哪一个, decades of evidence makes clear, 它是.
It’s not at all clear how the tension plays out. 民主党人 — up to and including Manchin and Sanders — believe that the party must find a way to pass parts of Biden’s agenda. Manchin prefers that Congress pass the $ 1.2 兆 “hard infrastructure plan,” which has already been approved by a bipartisan Senate majority, 第一的. Sanders wants the larger safety net bill passed — for fear that if the hard infrastructure bills goes through, moderates like Manchin may walk away from a larger bill altogether.
更重要的是, the two men’s opposing stances are good for their politics back home. Vermont is among the most progressive states in the country and Sanders’ advocacy for more government spending will be greeted with plaudits in the state. 曼钦, 另一方面, represents a state Donald Trump won by 39(!) 点入 2020. The conservatism of the state’s electorate makes Manchin’s role as a break on the policies being pushed by the likes of Sanders a winning one, political speaking, 在该州.
The simple fact is this: Sanders and Manchin are never going to agree on the breadth — 和成本 — of the social safety net legislation. The key for Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other deal-minded Democrats is to find a way to lower the temperature between them.