On not having labels


Senator Manchin is on Morning Joe complaining that no one in congress works together aka “reaches across the aisle”. As a result he joined Mark Mckinnon’s “No Labels”, an imaginary caucus that has an imaginary constituency based on the idea that the real problem with Washington is that everyone whose job title is “politician” is wrapped up in “politics” that they can’t get anything passed.

What doesn’t get said is that Manchin is a member of congress who could you know, take two steps across the actual aisle and approach his colleagues under his own power as is his right and duty without proclaiming that he’s “West Virginia Democrat” who wants there to be “No Labels”.