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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 01, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Why should Democrats pursue a multitrillion-dollar bill designed to alienate the voters they just lost in Virginia?




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he Republican Party — which seemed to all observers to be spitting up blood in the state of Virginia — has just won every statewide race and has tied the House of Delegates, taking control of the chamber away from the Democrats. The sweep comes exactly a year after the Democrat, Joe Biden, won the presidential race there by ten points. In New Jersey, meanwhile, a gubernatorial contest that was supposed to come to a dull, foregone conclusion has gone right down to the wire.

These developments raise some important questions. Such as: Why on earth would Senators Joe Manchin, Kyrsten

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