The latest on Manchin’s “trail of destruction”:
Along those lines, here is something I’ve recently noticed: “Joe Manchin” is becoming a descriptor synonymous with blocking important legislation. From Daily Kos:
Additionally, Manchin's calling attention to his actions has served as a catalyst for creating opposition. For example, the recently-formed Coal Baron Blockade protested Manchin’s family business in April at the Grant Tower Power Plant and created a Twitter feed that routinely publicizes how Manchin works against the environment:
But what happens in 2024, when Manchin’s is up for reelection? In today's Charleston Gazette-Mail, the former vice chair of the WV Democratic Party, Chris Regan, provides an excellent analysis of the senator’s upcoming political options:
Regan makes a number of insightful points. For example:
Assuming Manchin does not come home to his party on Build Back Better, voting rights, and Roe (a very safe assumption at this point), he’ll have lost many more votes on his left side than he could ever hope to pick up on his right. He’s building a profile that might win a Senate seat in a swing state, but West Virginia is not going to be one. The winning coalition in West Virginia will start at one edge or the other, and Manchin has given away the edge he had.
Enjoy the spotlight, Senator. It won’t be there much longer.