Counting to 50 Why the MSM Joe Manchin Noise Means Nothing

I have always known how to count

Tip O’Neill

I don’t often agree with Joe Scarborough these days but there is something he said a bit back that really stuck in my head.

He was commenting on people on the right who wanted to purge Susan Collins from the GOP and noted that if you want a majority and all the advantages that a majority entails you need to keep a Susan Collins on board even if she votes against you now and again. It’s something Stacy McCain has written about repeatedly even as far back as 2008 concerning Pam Geller:

 Pam is a good person and I would suggest that this guilt-by-association “urge to purge” is antithetical to the best interests of conservatism. You can’t build a movement by the process of subtraction.

And as recently as 2019 concerning Pat Buchannan:

the targeting of Buchanan is an example of the “urge to purge” that has so often damaged the conservative cause. Buchanan’s decades of loyal service to the Republican Party — he was a key adviser to both Nixon and Reagan — ought to have entitled him to a certain amount of deference, even from such an eminent figure as Buckley, and as I’ve often said, you cannot build a successful movement by a process of subtraction.

If you do a search of Joe Manchin online today you can find all kind of items about pressure being put on Joe Manchin.

Let’s cut to the chase, there is a lot of talk about pressure on Joe Manchin but there is actually NO pressure on Joe Manchin because Both Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden can count to 50.

Right now Manchin is most powerful pols in the country and he knows it. Unlike Kyrsten Sinema he could change his party affiliation tomorrow and if every Democrat in his state retaliated by voting against him next time he would still hold his senate seat for life. He knows it, and while they won’t admit it, both the media and the Democrats know it.

As long as Manchin is the 50th vote he is the boss and no amount of press angst will make a difference.

Five Thoughts under Other People’s Fedora: Right Wing Granny on NC Voting, Pirates Cove on Democrat Silence, Victory Girls Blog on Law School Students Triggered by ACB, Proof Positive on Home Security Layers and View From the Beach on the Biden/Emails/NY Post Scandal

Early voting began in North Carolina yesterday. Recently the Democrat-controlled State Board of Elections attempted to change the rules regarding absentee ballots just before voting began.

Via Right Wing Granny Avoiding Changing The Rules In The Middle Of The Election

For people who are supposed to be running away with an election the Left are sure anxious to game the rules and keep them gamed.


Think about that: if those changes were good, they would have zero problem saying what they are, instead of worrying that they will alienate voters. That tells you all you need to know about their agenda, just like Handsy Joe refusing to really say whether he would be in favor of packing the courts.

Via Pirates Cove: Democratic Apoplexy Over ACB Could Lead To Changes They Don’t Want To Talk About

If this kind of bait and switch was done in any other business, they would be facing charges.


The girls got ratioed big time. So the lead girl made a response. She says the original Tik Tok was a joke. Yeah, right. Her name is Ariana Garcia-Moore. She is a fan of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Then, she tweeted that it wasn’t a joke because Republicans don’t know the difference between the Ginsburg Rule and non-participation in a hearing. So, which is it?

Via Victory Girls Blog: Law Students Clap Back At ACB On Hypotheticals

Maybe it’s just me but if I owned a business or law firm I’d wouldn’t have to think once about hiring a lawyer or firm with staff that attacked on video a soon to be sitting SCOTUS justice who is a sitting federal judge. You would think a law student might be taught that.


Remember: security is layers. Lighting. Landscaping. Fences. Dead bolts. Dogs. Alarms. Situational awareness. Safe rooms.

Have a gun and know how to use it. But if it is your only level of security, you may not be able to utilize it in time. If you choose not to own a gun, that’s your choice, but the layers of security will help to delay the bad guys until the cavalry can come.

Proof Positive: Security is What You Make It

What a lot of people don’t realize is that unless someone is looking for a specific item in a specific house (incredibly rare) or a mob (Seattle, Portland et/al) it’s those first outer layers of security that make a potential thief decide on an easier target.


When they acknowledge the story at all they continue to hold out for the “Russians Did It” defense,

View From the Beach: Biden with the Bidens

This along with a previous post ( The Biden’s Abide) are a veritable Biden email linkfest with everything you need to keep up with what is going on. What hit me is this post confirms the following tweet. via insty.