One of the bigger topics of discussion during this election cycle was whether Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) would run for re-election or possibly enter the presidential race as a third-party candidate.
Manchin has finally announced his plans.
Shockingly, Manchin stated that he will walk away from the Senate because he does not see a path forward as a Democrat.
No Path Forward
The GOP is already celebrating this as a big win, but we have all seen them blow these opportunities before.
The combination of Senator McConnell (R-KY) and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has been devastating for Republicans in the Senate, so I would not be popping any champagne bottles just yet.
Manchin announced his decision, stating, “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
I would be remiss if I did not point out the fact that while Manchin often made big promises about dialing back spending, he backed multiple reconciliation bills that made their way to Joe Biden’s desk.
He is very much a big part of the economic challenges we are facing in this country right now.
So, please, don’t fall for his schtick that he was trying to be a problem solver… Manchin was very much part of the problem.