West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin may not vote for President Obama

Share

Credit: Reuters Pictures

According to a report in National Journal, Senator Joe Manchin may not vote for President Obama in November, because he says he wants to do what's good for his state.

With Dems like these, who needs Republicans?

(CNN) –The former West Virginia governor is known for bucking not only the opposition party, but his own – even literally shooting a rifle through a Democratic-backed cap and trade bill in his 2010 Senate campaign.

That race was a special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, and Manchin's support from Republicans and Independents was key to his 11-point defeat of former state GOP chair John Raese.

Manchin was one of about a dozen Democrats to side in a March vote with Republicans on the Keystone XL pipeline. He voted against both parties' bills to raise the federal government's debt ceiling in the heated showdown last summer.

This is exactly the type of ConservaDem we need to replace with a true liberal. This is also exactly why Obama supporters can't afford to be complacent about an easy win for the president. Between DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) like Manchin, voter suppression (including Voter I.D. laws), super PAC money flowing into GOP races, and hatred of President Obama, this election is going to be a real challenge.

We need to get out the vote in a huge way and support progressives from the ground up, electing them into school boards, city councils, state legislatures, and of course, national office. It's time for us to create real change.

Share