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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:

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin gives new meaning to the old saying that the most dangerous place to be in Washington is between an ambitious politician and a television camera.

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.


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David Baker
David Baker
8 months ago

Tyranny does not materialize with raucous, menacing laughter among the regime as they clamp down on the liberties of their cowed, frightened citizenry. The process is both insidious and inexorable when ignorant populations subscribe to the notion that governments are saviors. The more people believe in this fallacy, the more unscrupulous zealots can exercise dictatorial powers over their ranks. Governments are necessary, but they’re also prone to usurp the freedoms of their subjects if they’re not constrained. Americans must emphasize to our leaders that they will adhere to those constraints. That is the problem with “Democracy”, which has now replaced the tried and true Constitutional Republic form of governance. Liberals compile huge numbers of people who will dance to their demagogic fiddles playing their tunes. Our government is even importing their dancers from countries that were destroyed by ‘democracy’. America is supposed to be the beacon of freedom and opportunity. We have now joined the ranks of nations saddled with Tin Hat Dictators who have the powers of life and death over those who will oppose their rule. Our sole solution will become more obvious as this process comes to fruition

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
8 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

David I’m neither cowed or frightened. We don’t have to be ruled by tyrants. When the commiecrats get mean we must get meaner.

David Baker
David Baker
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

You and I simply have no effect upon liberal agendas. Tell you what, why don’t you talk to someone who’s had Black Helicopters hovering over their house, or the Clinton Campaign official who turned on Hillary to warn America about her, while he watched Black Vans pulling up to his house? (He was dying from throat cancer, so I don’t know if he’s still kicking. His You Tube posts may still be available.) Statements like yours–I’m sure–were made by the Russian gentry, who cowered in their homes at night as Bolshevik Regime Black Vans prowled their streets rounding up dissidents.

They were scared of being “Meaner”.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
8 months ago
Reply to  David Baker

Better dead than red

Rick
Rick
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, but that is pretty normal for a liberal that watches CNN.

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Great old sentiment, but no real takers. The closest to that were the true MAGA Capitol marchers on Jan 6th, who were infiltrated and led astray by the leftist goons at their head. And where are they now? Waiting to have their guns removed from their homes. A few (probably VERY few) true blue patriots may resist to their demise. We lost the game!

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

And just when is that going to happen, and by whom?

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
8 months ago

Manchin is neither a Republican ally nor a moderate. He has voted for much radical legislation in compliance with the direction from Democrat leadership. He just wants to keep his seat in West Virginia and that’s questionable as long as he is a Democrat. Several Virginia counties want to move to West Virginia statehood, evidence that West Virginia is to the right of Manchin.

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

So what if Manchin happens go against the lock step dem party line. He only does it when it is safe and the dems would win the vote anyway. He has always played both sides of the fence since West Virginia is red. He should either become a Republican or give up the charade. Meanwhile the rinos in the Republican party; Romney, Collins, Murkowsky, Sasse, Cassidy, Portman, and a few others are more than willing to throw in with the dems.

Peggy Harville
Peggy Harville
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Now that our president has appointed Joe Manchin’s wife to be head of one of the positions…..Manchin owes him.
I figure this was a ploy of some sort to get Manchin feeling like he’s now beholden to the Biden agenda.
This makes me sick to my stomach.

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
8 months ago
Reply to  Peggy Harville

Methinks that you are right. He is now fully obligated.

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark

If he became Republican, he would be a RINO; so it is better that he stay where he is.