A Constituency of Trolls and Polls

Sen. Manchin and and Sen. Sinema troll the silence of obstruction

Nero is an apt mythical/metaphorical figure for America’s current Senate drama. Some of us are fascinated with him.

Our latter day “Neros” -Sens. Manchin and Sinema- what are they waiting for? The white horse of “neo-non-partisanism” to arrive? A political apotheosis with marble columned backdrop?

If Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (‘Democrats, stop playing patty cake.’ June 8) has adopted the Twitter role of “adult in the room,” where are the “rest of us?”


Historical comparison serves us here. AOC didn’t aspire to politics. “What made you run?” (in the Bronx/Queens Democratic primary) Her reply: “Nobody came forward.”

By comparison, Manchin under the shadow of Robert Byrd did aspire to political office. And Sinema was similarly knighted, filling a vacancy triggered by Jeff Flake’s decision not to run. Like many whose presence grace the halls of Congress, these two were not popularly elected but appointed.

By whom?

By silence. By the party of silence, the party of spectator-citizens.

Was their election fraudulent? Was their election stolen? Were all the votes counted? Actually, not. Their election was preordained. Ordained by a fascination with elitism and a popular culture of trolling. Rather than participate in the process of deliberation, these two and their silent minions would rather “see what happens.”

This makes them “part of the problem” rather than part of the solution.

Politically speaking, here’s what Manchin and Sinema can do to redeem themselves and garner respect:

One, claim their constituency;

Two, move beyond talking points;

Three, make deals;

Four, realize demographic changes are happening within and beyond your states’ borders: claim to advocate ‘country over politics;’

Five, expose your “differences” in different ways;

Six, avoid militant tones;

Seven, “career” is not an excuse for your inaction;

Eight, call out obstruction;

Nine, answer reporters’ questions: keep a dialogue going;

Ten, focus on “what” rather than “why”

Eleven, ‘do your job.’

In sum, understand- to paraphrase Ted Levitt (1)- that,

“Nothing really happens until a vote is cast.”

June 9

1- “Nothing really happens until a sale is made.” Marketing Myopia, 1960



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Rodney Clough

Rodney Clough

Refuses to nap. Septuagenarian. Cliche’ raker. Writes weekly.