Remember the old days when there were still Democrats you could reason with?
Is it over the top to say that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has single-handedly saved the United States? Yeah, probably so.
But in all fairness, we may never know exactly how Manchin’s singular stance against Biden’s multi-trillion dollar disaster may have played-out over the course of history.
But back to the here-and-now. In true mountaineer spirit, Manchin is fighting-back against the attacks from both DC establishment Democrats as well as the leftist-leaning against him.
In a report by Brittany Bernstein of National Review, Manchin certainly seems to be spoiling for a fight against the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortiz (emphasis mine);
Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) on Monday dared Democrats to push him out of the party if they are unhappy with his views, one day after he announced he will not support President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, effectively killing the bill.
Asked on Hoppy Kercheval’s West Virginia radio show if he believes there is still a place for him in the Democratic party, Manchin replied: “I would like to hope that Democrats feel like I do. I’m fiscally responsible and socially compassionate.”
“Now if there are no Democrats like that, they ought to push me where they want me,” he added.
During the interview, Manchin said he had gotten “to the wit’s end” with the negotiation efforts, saying the White House knows “the real reason” things fell apart.
White House staff “drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is,” he said.
“The bottom line [is] I knew that we could not change, it was never going to change,” Manchin added.