Our own David A. Keene published an important op-ed in the Washington Times this morning calling on Senate Republicans to not put their faith in the supposedly ‘moderate’ Democrat Joe Manchin.
Not only is Manchin mostly an attention seeker, but when the rubber meets the road he will almost always side with Democrats on most key issues. Making him an extremely unreliable potential ally for Republicans.
As Keene explains in The Washington Times:
While rushing frantically from studio to studio to appear on ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC Sunday news programs, Mr. Manchin could still humbly and with a straight face tell Chris Wallace of Fox News that he neither sought nor particularly enjoys his role as the most powerful swing vote in an evenly divided Senate. Running around Washington to get in front of all those cameras in one morning must have been tiring and exhilarating for a senator who seems far more interested in attention than in principled influence…
When compared to the likes of Sens, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and even Chuck Schumer, Mr. Manchin may be something of a moderate, but at the end of the day he always seems to end up voting with them on important issues while arguing to his constituents and the media that he only does so because he has been able to make legislation better than it might otherwise have been.
The bottom line is that Mr. Manchin will break with his party’s leaders only on minor issues or when it doesn’t matter. Given his history, Republicans who are today hoping and perhaps even praying that his stated opposition to eliminating the filibuster and packing the courts will enable them to defeat these proposals tomorrow should be looking for support somewhere else.