Me, a few months ago, discussing the utter stupidity and self-defeating nature of Sen. Manchin’s grandstanding:
What he fails to realize is that all this mavericky nonsense is self-defeating. First, he’s at odds with the majority of the nation. Second, he’s backing bad policy. Third, this isn’t going to make Republicans like him anymore, because they hate him simply because he has a (D) after his name. He could vote with Republicans on very single issue, and they are still going to spend millions funding John Raese or whatever wingnut they find to run against Joe.
Now let’s roll the tape on what is happening since he opened his mouth the other day to chew on his penny loafers a bit as he dissed the President and the entire Democratic party:
West Virginia’s Republican Party is hammering Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) this week for fence sitting on the presidential contest.
Manchin said Friday he remains unsure if he’ll vote for President Obama or Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, in November, contending he has “real differences” with both candidates.
The comments caught fire on the Web and led local Republicans to accuse the freshman senator of “cowardice.”
“Any senator voting for the people of West Virginia would strongly and proudly state without equivocation that this president’s policies have been disastrous and it is critical that he be defeated,” West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart said Friday, according to local reports. “This is one additional reason that Sen. Manchin should soon be retired.”
Manchin, a former coal broker who replaced the late-Sen. Robert Byrd (D) in a 2010 special election, is a centrist Democrat with a record of bucking the party leadership, particularly on fiscal matters and energy issues that would effect coal-rich West Virginia.
No one could have predicted.
Either Manchin has some very interesting polling internals that none of us are privy to, or his staff is just in over their heads and giving him bad advice. This is bush league stuff, and it has been since day one, when he told us that he needed to tour the state to find out what his constituents think about DADT. Apparently there was not ample time in the two terms he served as Governor to learn that. Once he had his listening tour and learned what his constituents thought, he promptly skipped the vote on DADT and the Dream Act and went partying in the country with his grandchildren. WHO IS ADVISING THIS GUY? Then later on, he advances the Blunt amendment, allegedly to promote religious freedom, while blissfully unaware that the Amendment wouldn’t advance religious freedom, it was a backdoor attempt at gutting ACA by allowing employers to deny coverage of anything they didn’t like for any reason whatsoever. Fortunately, the rest of the Democratic caucus is not brain-dead, so that amendment failed.
Then we get to this latest idiocy, which is yet another self-inflicted wound. It was obvious to anyone with an IQ over room temperature that the remarks about Obama would be used as a cudgel against both Manchin and Obama. This is a GOP strategists wet dream. And then to state that politics isn’t a team sport. He probably thought it made him sound independent and mavericky, but it just made him look stupid and like he doesn’t understand how politics works. Even better, he set himself up for another beating by the GOP. If I were the Republican candidate, the very first thing I would do is release and ad stating “Joe Manchin says politics isn’t a team sport. So why is he accepting money from the DNC and the DSCC to run negative ads about John Raese.” Or some variation.
And I know none of you are going to believe this, but Manchin really is, in person, a nice guy. He’s affable, friendly, my father worked with him on a number of issues and found him to be reliable and trustworthy and honest. I just don’t understand why he is doing so many stupid things. At this point, I don’t even know what parts of the Democratic party platform he agrees with.