This is the first edition of Sinemanchin Watch, a recurring feature in which we will track the most recent developments in the lives of Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, who by nature of their proudly centrist politics in a 50–50 Senate get to decide the future of the planet and everything living on it. Good work if you can get it!
What Joe’s Been Up To
In another life, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is the guy who stands under the National Debt Clock in New York City and points at it all day, shouting “THE DEBT, THE DEBT!” while all the people walking by wonder why this man is yelling and only wearing one shoe. In this life, he is that same person, but he is wearing two shoes, lives in a houseboat on the Potomac River, and has an aide text him national debt updates each day. Also, in this life, all federal policy runs through him.