OPINION: It’s a sad commentary on the political situation in the US, when a politician in Washington, DC sparks such an outcry because they actually do what they said they would.

Such is the situation now, after West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin struck a likely mortal wound to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill on 19 December.

Manchin, a Democrat, had repeatedly said he had concerns about the size of the $1.75 trillion spending package and the extra burden the bill would likely add to the national debt.