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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Manchin's vote on the Supreme Court explained

President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will reveal whether Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia wants to represent the people of West Virginia in the Senate, or not.

The latter is a very real possibility. While West Virginia's last three Democratic senators all stayed on well past their best-used-by dates, Manchin may want out.

The fact is unlike Byrd, Randolph, and Rockefeller, who served when Democrats usually controlled the Senate, his tenure has been marked by four years of Republican control with no end in sight.

He told a newspaper last year, "I don’t give a shit, you understand? I just don’t give a shit. Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for shit that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy."

His outburst reminded me of Nick Joe Rahall's 20th race for Congress. He won the first 19 but saw the handwriting on the wall. It was the signature of Evan Jenkins. Rahall threatened his party with quitting if they didn't cover more of his campaign expenses.

Manchin has a decision to make this year. Either he represents the will of a people who supported President Trump in a manner never seen before and votes to confirm Kavanaugh, or he he decides to put party first and become an ex-senator.

Being an ex-senator in Washington may be better than being a senator stuck in the minority party. He can sign up as a lobbyist and still attend all the good parties. Gomorrah on the Potomac likes Democrats.

Manchin hinted that he will chose party over West Virginia last night by declining the invitation to attend the announcement of Kavanaugh at the White House.

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has his work cut out for him, but a Manchin vote against the Supreme Court nominee will be helpful.


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  1. Kavanaugh - DC insider, Ivy League educated, Catholic. Yep, that all screams "West Virginia"

    1. Yeah. If only he was an atheist baby killing soulless commie, just like you. Then he'd have WV written all over him.

    2. Don - Teaquack just called you and all WVians atheist and soul-less. You going to take that?

  2. Well, Joe, if you really don’t give a shit, believe me, there are a whole lotta people who are ready to show you the door come November. How about THAT?

  3. Joe Manchin wanted to be there last night. He was all dressed up and waiting for his limo service when his phone rang.

    "Sit down, Joe." said Chuck Schumer over the phone. "You're not going anywhere."

    So Joe sat down.

    1. My thoughts exactly. I bet Chucky will also control the lobbying activity if Joe goes off the reservation.

  4. I don't believe it matters how Lyin' Joe votes. He is going to be toast in November. He might as well just vote "present." - Elric

  5. Seems W. Va. would be fortunate to get a different Senator.

  6. Schumer made Manchin look like a botch when he gave him the "sit down" order. Manchin can give Chucky a nice "eff you" on his way out the door by voting for Kavanaugh.