There’s such a thing as a left handed compliment and I think that now we’ve seen the birth of a left handed good news announcement. Kind of like if your spouse says, “Sweetie, I’m not filing for divorce — yet.” Oh, thank you for these glad tidings. Now I feel so reassured. Joe Manchin says he has no intention of leaving the Democratic party. For now. The Hill:
“I’ll look at all of these things. I’ve always looked all these things but I have no intention of doing anything right now,” he told reporters Monday.
“Whether I do something later, I can’t tell you what the future’s going to bring. I can only tell you where I am and my mindset” now, he said.
Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2024, added, “I want to work with Kyrsten everyday, the same as I have before.”
He later said “I tremendously respect her decision and wish her the best.”
Manchin teamed up with Sinema to defeat an effort by Democratic colleagues to weaken the Senate’s filibuster rule.
He has not yet made a decision about running for fourth term in a state that former President Trump won with 68.6 percent of the vote.
Que sera sera. We’ll see if Manchin runs. We’ll see if he runs as a Democrat. At least he did say, back when all the heat over the Build Back Better plan was pouring out of the kitchen, that if he did leave the Democratic party that he would caucus with the Democrats.
Maybe that’s still on the table. If so, things are about as good as they’re going to get.