OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
When the Democrats won both Senate runoff races in Georgia this past week, I sought to comfort myself by thinking Senator Joe Manchin would be a bulwark against the craziest agenda items of the Democrats. After all, according to the media, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is a “moderate” Democrat.
However, this is simply not the case. I was reminded of the fact Manchin, at the core, is a leftist Democrat just like the rest of them when I saw his tweet supporting the ban of President Trump from Twitter.
Turns out Mr. Moderate is not that moderate.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) January 8, 2021
Senator Manchin obviously does not support the First Amendment. It is unclear how he thinks we can heal and unite by muzzling the voice of 75 million Americans. This seems like a recipe for even further division.
This all led me to look back and remember Manchin’s past. Here is a brief history of some of Manchin’s key votes.
- He voted to convict President Trump in the impeachment trial.
- He voted for Obamacare and against repeal.
- He voted against confirming Justice Amy Coney Barrett
- He voted against the Trump tax cuts.
We can hold onto a sliver of hope though. Manchin, has at rare times, come through. He voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Of course, I believe his coming through on that vote was not at all based on his being a moderate, but just for pure political survival. The most important goal of any politician is getting re-elected. One of the first tests of Manchin’s stomach to be a firewall against full-fledged leftism will be seen in his position on the Senate filibuster. In the past, he has vowed to support preserving the filibuster. We shall see.