As predicted, Manchin and Sinema shot down amending the filibuster to enact voting rights legislation, because it’s Manchin’s corrupt political brand, and Sinema is a toxic narcissist.
It should be noted here that while Schumer is not responsible for Manchin being in the Senate, he aggressively recruited Sinema, and moved aggressively to forestall any challenges in the 2018 primary, so a significant portion of the blame here rests with Charles Schmer and the rest of the Democratic Party establishment (There is no Democratic Party establishment).
It begs the question: Why should anyone vote for a political party which seems determined to do nothing, ever?
Senate Democrats failed again to pass sweeping new voting protections on Wednesday, in what may be the most brutal blow yet to efforts to strengthen protections for voters at a perilous moment for US democracy.
Just as they have done four other times in recent months, all 50 Republicans united in their opposition to the measure. They relied on the filibuster, a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to advance legislation to a final vote.
Their opposition set up a showdown as the ultimately doomed bill was taken up for discussion on Wednesday. Late in the evening, Republicans used the filibuster to vote to end debate on the bill, effectively blocking it from advancing. Immediately afterwards, Democrats moved to hold a vote to try and change the filibuster rules anyway. The effort failed 52–48, with Manchin and Sinema voting with all 50 Republicans to preserve the filibuster. Sinema loudly said “aye” when it was her turn to vote in favor of preserving the filibuster changes.
The idea that the Senate is the, “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body™,” is a joke. It’s a Petri dish for narcissistic sociopaths.
Abolish the filibuster, period, full stop.