One of the much-anticipated runs for the Senate has finally been decided.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) has announced that he will not be running for re-election.
According to Manchin, he sees no path forward as a Democrat, so he will walk away.
Now, Republicans were already patting themselves on the back as though they had won this seat, but this will be far from an easy win.
And I don’t want to “go there,” but I will. Every time Republicans assume something like this they end up getting crushed.
And as long as Senator McConnell (R-KY) is the driving force in the Senate and Ronna McDaniel is the RNC Chair, we should not be taking anything for granted.
In announcing that he would not be running, Manchin stated, "When America is at her best, we get things done by putting country before party, working across the aisle, and finding common ground. Many times this approach has landed me in hot water, but the fight to unite has been well worth it.
"After months of deliberation and long conversation with my family, I believe in my heart of hearts that I've accomplished what I set out to do for West Virginia. I've made one of the toughest decisions of my life and decided that I will not be running for re-election to the United States Senate.”
To the West Virginians who have put their trust in me and fought side by side to make our state better – it has been an honor of my life to serve you. Thank you. My statement on my political future: pic.twitter.com/dz8JuXAyTL
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 9, 2023
Let me say this right now… Joe Manchin is a major reason this country is where it is right now.
Let’s not forget that after promising not to use reconciliation to pass a big spending bill, Manchin sided with Democrats twice, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which he later said he had regretted passing.
But again, Manchin helped write that nonsense and told the American people it would help inflation when it was really climate change in camouflage.
Manchin only signed that legislation with the promise of getting a pipeline approved in West Virginia.
He talks a great game about being bipartisan, but check his voting record before buying that line.
I say good riddance.