Unlike the Republican party, we as Democrats are not ones to stand blindly behind someone who doesn’t adhere to our values, policies, and morals — regardless of whether or not they have a “D” attached to their title and ticket.
A prime example lies in West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin runs on the Democratic ticket and flouts that “D” attached to his name but that’s about as far as the man’s Democratic values go. Frankly, I can’t make sense of why he’s a part of this party at all. Every single one of his “values,” it seems, line up perfectly with the other side of the fence. Frankly, he’s elephant garbage wearing a donkey suit.
And even Mitch McConnell knows it.
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According to a new report from the New York Daily News, McConnell is apparently hellbent on convincing Manchin to jump the Democratic ship and join the villains over on the Red side of the party line.
Speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt this morning, Mitch admitted, “I’ve had this conversation with him off and on for a couple of years. He feels like a man alone. If he were to join us, he’d be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues.”
Taking things a step further still, McConnell said he’s even spoken to the Democratic Senator about maintaining his chairmanship on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“He, I’m sure, enjoys being char of the committee. It’s important to West Virginia,” the KY senator said of Manchin. “And all of those things are things we’ve discussed.”
Manchin himself has said on various occasions that he has no intention of switching his political party. However, Mitch’s desperation to recruit the West Virginia senator into the GOP makes a lot of sense.
In the most recent election, the Republican party lost control of the Senate which, in turn, meant Mitch McConnell lost his position as the Senate Majority Leader, being replaced instead by New York’s Democratic Chuck Schumer. But, should Manchin ultimately make the decision to line his party up with his actual values and morals, Joe’s flip would give the power back to the Republicans in the Senate and once again make Mitch McConnell the Majority Leader.
A little self-serving don’t ya think, Mitch?