MSNBC’s @JoyAnnReid says White House made a “big mistake” with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Build Back Better: “The idea of negotiating with him by giving him everything he wants and then begging him to help you with the things he doesn’t care about … was a strategic mistake.”

Jan 26, 2022 · 1:50 PM UTC

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Then, Ms. Ried, how should the administration have negotiated with Mancin?? Not sure she answered that -
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They should have passed the reconciliation bill first just like Pelosi wanted. They didn’t do that. She tried to warn them.
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And yet it’s only Sinema that’s taking the most political heat for the same actions. I can’t stand either of them but just curious as to why?
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This is what happens when a bipartisan bill is held hostage. The progs are intellectually dishonest if they don’t own costing the Dems: the FL gov in 2018; 25 competitive seats in 2020; and a mod GOV to lose in VA in 2021. The Dems will get wiped out this year if this continues
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The average American knew that once the BIF was separated from BBB there would be no BBB. Now we see Republicans doing what they do,take credit for infrastructure projects they opposed. Biden knew this would happen but didn’t care.
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The average American doesn't pay that kind of attention to Congress. Ask an offline voter about BIF or BBB and they won't know what you're talking about.
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The flaw in this analysis is that Manchin enhances his political capital in WV (and among donors) by attenuating the Biden agenda not by facilitating it. He’d be perfectly fine walking away with nothing. Not an option for an administration in year 1.
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