Will Joe Manchin Switch Parties?

October 27, 2010

James Taranto has an intriguing idea:

It’s little wonder [Joe] Manchin would be eager to distance himself from the Obama agenda. The new PPP poll finds “Obama’s approval rating in the state is only 31% with 65% of voters disapproving, the worst numbers PPP has found for him anywhere in the country this year.”

[Robert] Byrd was last elected in 2006, which means the term Manchin seeks to fill will expire in just two years. The prospect of sharing a ballot with Obama would make it all the more imperative for a Sen. Manchin to distance himself from a president his constituents disfavor.

What better way to do that than by switching to Republican? True, that might draw a GOP primary challenge, and like Nelson, Manchin would be hard-pressed to explain his past support for ObamaCare. But Manchin’s support, unlike Nelson’s, was of no consequence, since he was not in Congress at the time. And having Obama on the ballot in 2012 might make it even harder than this year for Manchin to beat a Republican in November. Switching parties would spare him that difficulty.

11 Responses to Will Joe Manchin Switch Parties?

  1. phineas gage on October 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Manchin is a hard-core marxist like all the rest of the Dems, just packaged differently on the outside.

    They don’t change and they don’t switch parties.

    That is one lesson that conservatives should have learned from the Obamacare experience.

  2. Aaron on October 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Lets not give Manchin the opportunity.

  3. Dave on October 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This story is irrelevant, since Raese is going to win!

  4. bobo on October 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    After the election he can go back to the Gov mansion, switch parties and toss out that bum Jay Rockefeller 2014.

  5. Evan3457 on October 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Will Manchin switch parties after the election?

    Of course he will.

    He will abandon his disguise as a pseudo-conservative and caucus with the Democats as his usual liberal self under their new leader, Little Dick Durbin or Chucky (Schmucky) Schumer.

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