Dec 27, 2021
This week, Brie vented to Stephen Semler, co-founder of Security Policy Reform Institute, about all the Build Back Better angst she's been sublimating over the holidays. Stephen's central observation, drawn from his foreign policy analysis, is critical: "Joe Manchin says he won’t support Build Back Better because it costs too much—a week after voting for $778 billion in military spending. Manchin has now voted for the last 11 Pentagon budgets." So what gives? Why isn't Manchin being confronted on the emptiness of his excuses, and how much are progressives to blame for this failure? Was Jayapal right to say she had no strategic regrets? Brie and Stephen run through the week's media clips, kvetch, and plot next steps.
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