When the Jan. 6 commission became the latest casualty of Republican obstructionism on Friday, most Democrats weren’t surprised. Joe Manchin was.
“There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against this commission,” he said, “since Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for.”
“I don’t think I’ll ever change,” Manchin told reporters on Thursday. “I’m not separating our country, OK?”
Manchin said later in the day that he thought Democrats could find “10 good people” on the GOP side to support the commission. And on Friday, after Democrats predictably did not find 10 Republicans to support the commission, Manchin sounded genuinely upset and surprised that his GOP colleagues would side with a nakedly partisan view that there shouldn’t be an independent report on the Jan. 6 attack.
“This job’s not worth it to me to sell my soul,” Manchin told reporters on Friday. “What are you gonna do, vote me out? That’s not a bad option—I get to go home.”