Of course, Senate Republicans who won’t even take the voting rights bills up for argument in the chambers praised her speech according to USA Today:

As she spoke, several Republican members sat in the chamber, including those in GOP leadership: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. Thune at one point nodded at what she said and looked over at a group of his GOP colleagues.

“What she was speaking to is kind of what I think the desired state should be here in the Senate, and it’s hard but it’s, it’s doable. If people of good faith can sit down together,” Thune said.

That’s not all. Sen. Joe Manchin decided that he couldn’t quit the filibuster either and put out a statement backing it yet again:

From the Gazelle:

Manchin said Byrd quoted James Madison who argued, “The purpose of the Senate was ‘first, to protect the people against their rulers, secondly, to protect the people against the transient impressions into which they themselves may be led,’ and that the Senate serves as a ‘necessary fence against such danger.’”

“Senator Byrd testified that, ‘the right to filibuster anchors this necessary fence.’ He concluded with, ‘We must never, ever, ever, ever tear down the only wall, the necessary fence, that this nation has against the excesses of the executive branch and the resultant haste and tyranny of the majority,’” Manchin said.


President Joe Biden had a meeting with Senate Democrats to get everybody on board. You can see how visibly frustrated he is:


I’m frustrated, as well as most Americans are. Two people who have this distorted image of bipartisanship continue to hold the line for a party who will step over it if they take back power. There are voting rights restriction bills in Sinema’s own state waiting to get passed. How does she think she would have a chance at re-election? Unfortunately, it looks like we are right back at a stalemate with time running out.