The late Sen. John McCain of Arizona will forever be remembered for his personal and political courage. He was unafraid to deviate from the herd -- even as members of his own party were screaming betrayal. Who can forget McCain's dramatic "thumbs down" moment on the US Senate floor when he put the final nail in the coffin of the Obamacare repeal legislation in 2017? One could argue Sen.
Joe Manchin of West Virginia met his McCain moment Sunday, when he announced during an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier he would not support the Democrats' bloated Build Back Better (BBB) social spending legislation. Manchin knows, as McCain did in 2017, that durable, sustainable reforms require bipartisan consensus and compromise. Manchin demonstrated that commitment to bipartisan action as he led efforts to craft the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure legislation. And Manchin has signaled for months his objections and reservations with the size and scope of the BBB proposal.