I don’t know what was going through West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s mind when he broke his vow to his constituents and signed on to the trillion-dollar “Inflation Reduction Act,” a bill so comically misnamed that even the Democrats’ lapdog media outlets couldn’t bring themselves to mouth it. It may have included a $350 billion or so slush fund to enrich the Dems’ “green” cronies, but it’s already creating CO2 by burning Manchin’s political career to the ground.
Manchin isn’t up for reelection until 2024, but a new Triton poll matched him up against three possible Republican challengers. The one Democrat who used to seem unbeatable in West Virginia is now losing to all three of them. Current Governor Jim Justice would beat Manchin by 15 points (47-32%); Patrick Morrisey, who lost to Manchin by 3 points the last time around, now leads him by 14 (50-36%); and even the lesser-known Alex Mooney leads Manchin 45-38%
I hope that whatever Manchin got for selling out his principles and his constituents, it was worth it to him. Maybe he thinks his new friends in the Democrat Party will express their gratitude by offering him a cushy post-Congress job. I have a feeling both he and Liz Cheney will soon discover that the Democratic leadership doesn’t waste payoffs on people who have outlived their usefulness.