Joe Manchin (D-WV) is a coal-backing, right-wing-minded Democrat and a conservative sellout. Crooks and Liars reported that Manchin stepped down from NoLabels, a club for other, like-minded Democrats who sell out their own party.
Democrats like Manchin not only make their party weak, but they also make the party look desperate for votes by pandering to the Republican, conservative voters. Manchin pushes coal production, bashes the Affordable Care Act, and knocks the president every chance he gets. He feels that by doing so, he will appeal to Republican voters thus sealing a spot in Congress for a Democrat. That logic is beyond broken.
According to Time Magazine:
Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, could fill a key role next year as the Senate Republican majority tries to implement its agenda, including authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline and raising the Affordable Care Act’s workweek from 30 hours to 40 hours—two proposals that Manchin supports and believes have enough bipartisan support to reach 60 votes for passage. He called a Keystone vote a “slam-dunk,” and he considers the Obamacare fix crucial despite a nonpartisan congressional report that found it would reduce the number of people receiving employment-based coverage by about 1 million people and increase the deficit by about $25 billion over the next five years.
Democrats like Manchin only weaken the party and the liberal movement. Democrats like Manchin are why the party bungled this year’s midterms, even losing blue states to the Repubs. Crooks and Liars noted that Manchin “just wants to see the Senate work. And if it works with Republicans at the helm, passing lots of right-wing corporate agenda items, that’s totally fine with him.”
Manchin resigned from NoLabels, a group of cowardly politicians guised as a bipartisan group. He should quit politics altogether. He doesn’t help the liberals, and we don’t need another conservative on the planet.