As Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) marches to the beat of his own drum and refuses to fall in line with his party’s demands, Democrats are furious.
Democrats, and especially progressives, believe that Manchin has a duty to vote for whatever Joe Biden and the party says he should vote for. Meanwhile, the moderate Democrat has been clear that if certain bills cross a line, they won’t get his support.
In a Senate where Democrats need all 50 of their lawmakers on board to pass legislation, Manchin’s yay or nay vote is literally a make-or-break scenario.
Ultimately, the West Virginia senator’s been clear that Democrats aren’t going to be able to bully him into submission. Manchin especially made this clear during his appearance in a campaign ad for Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), per PJ Media.
Manchin on McKinley’s Run For Office
In West Virginia’s 2nd district, McKinley is up against the Trump-endorsed Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV). Because McKinley voted in favor of the federal infrastructure package last year, he’s been called a RINO by Trump and Mooney.
However, Mooney also falsely accused McKinley of supporting Biden’s failed Build Back Better Act. This is where Manchin stepped in.
In a McKinley campaign ad, the West Virginia Democrat notes his own opposition against Build Back Better and then slams Mooney for lying about McKinley’s record.
Another fascinating twist arrived when Manchin directly endorsed McKinley by saying he’s about the people of West Virginia, whereas Mooney is only out for himself.
Mooney reacted to this by alleging that Manchin’s support for McKinley is only proof of the latter being a RINO.
Could Manchin Leave the Democrat Party?
These days, the West Virginia senator appears to get along more with Republicans than he does Democrats. While Democrats are constantly trashing Manchin and saying he’s a traitor to his constituents, the senator has very high approval ratings in a deeply red state.
On top of this, Manchin has been courted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to join the Republican Party. There’s been no confirmation from Manchin as to whether he’ll do this.
During the 2022 State of the Union address, Manchin caught a lot of attention when he sat with GOP lawmakers, rather than his own party.
Considering the darkly radical turn the left has taken, it’s managed to alienate Democrats like Manchin. There is a real possibility that he could switch over to the GOP at some point.
Time will tell.