When last we discussed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), we examined his first public statement in which he attempted to explain his vote to convict President Trump on BOTH articles of impeachment. Here are the salient excerpts from that article:

Manchin ALWAYS votes with the Democrat caucus as coordinated by Chuck Schumer unless the issue is a minor one in which Manchin is allowed to “stray” in order to give the appearance to West Virginians that he is “bipartisan.” That’s how it’s done to fool the people back home. In all of the tough votes that truly counted – especially during this impeachment farce – he voted with Schumer and against the wishes of the majority of West Virginians.

[Manchin] can’t believe that the only action warranted is censure one moment and then vote to convict. He was merely tossing out the bipartisan bone again to his constituents, but when the rubber hit the road, he voted to convict along with every other Democrat senator. Here he bleated the meaningless bipartisan baloney – “I was trying to be bipartisan, but everyone else was just locked in.” What a load of manure! His blathering about “bipartisanship” is a throwaway line that he uses all the time. Then it got down to brass tacks, he voted the partisan Democrat line with the rest of them.

Manchin represents a Trump state. The Morning Consult poll reports that President Trump has a net approval of +21 in West Virginia. No wonder Manchin equivocated about his impeachment vote until he had to pull the trigger and actually vote!

And his equivocation and intellectual incoherence continues with his latest public statement that he “might” endorse President Trump’s reelection, as reported here.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is not ruling out endorsing President Trump’s reelection campaign, even after voting to convict him in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

“I don’t rule anything out. I really don’t rule anything out,” Manchin said in an interview with Politico. “I’m always going to be for what’s best for my country. Everybody can change. Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider.”

Manchin has faced a barrage of criticism from the White House over his vote to convict Trump on two articles of impeachment after earlier speculation the red-state Democrat might go against his party and vote for acquittal.

Give me a break! He votes to convict the President – which would have resulted in his removal from office! – and now he wants West Virginians to believe that he’d endorse the President in November? He can’t have it both ways. This is just more of Manchin’s usual shtick. Convey the thoughtful wavering blather when it matters not, but when the votes actually count, go with Chuck Schumer. I’m not buying it, and neither should you. Manchin the Prevaricator needs to get the boot in 2024.

The end.

Stu Cvrk
Stu Cvrk served 30 years in the US Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. An oceanographer and systems analyst through education and experience, Stu is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he received a classical liberal education which serves as the key foundation for his political commentary. He threads daily on Twitter on a wide range of political, military, foreign policy, government, economics, and world affairs topics.
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