It is unprincipled to vote for an Attorney General with Senator Jeff Sessions’ history. Senator Joe Manchin does not get it. He did just that. Joe Manchin might be a Republican by year’s end.
It would not surprise me if Joe Manchin became a Republican by year’s end. He is pushing all the right buttons to parachute out of the Democratic Party.
Manchin was the only Democrat who voted for Jeff Session. The reality is that Manchin has been maligning Democrats for some time now. He may believe that he is saving his seat for reelection. It would be in his best interest to wake up. West Virginia needs a populist, not a plutocrat with Right Wing inclinations.
His actions have been Right Wing enough to get him a favorable article in the Daily Caller titled “Manchin Hammers Obama’s Failed Policies, Praises Trump For Getting Things Done.”
In the increasingly toxic, partisan Washington, D.C., Manchin walks a treacherous path down the middle of the road. He says, “I’m a West Virginia Democrat, not a Washington Democrat.” He looks for solutions, but says “this toxic atmosphere is not for me. It’s not who I am,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
He describes President Donald Trump voters in West Virginia “like returning Vietnam veterans who did everything their country asked and then got kicked in the teeth.” He says his state has done the heavy lifting for America – mining, manufacturing to be the superpower of the world — but the Obama energy and environment policies crushed West Virginia’s spirit.
When his state elected Trump, they rejected “a traditional Democrat and a traditional Republican,” he said. Critiquing the dominant policies in his own party, Manchin says, it’s almost gotten to the point that “the Democrats are preventing the working class from working.” He thinks Trump is committed to getting things done, and in a “troubled world and a divided country,” Manchin is ready to help.
At this point, it may be a good thing for the Senator to leave the Senate. We do not need a GOP talking point giving bills semblances of bipartisanship. It will create the incorrect narrative.