Joe Manchin Can’t Beat Republicans . . . So He Should Join Them

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) speaks on Capitol Hill, December 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
The West Virginia Democrat would be good for the GOP, and vice versa.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he West Virginia Senate seat currently held by Joe Manchin should be a Republican seat, and there is every reason to think that Republicans could take it in 2024.

But why wait?

Senator Manchin is vulnerable. He barely won reelection in 2018, squeaking through with less than 50 percent of the vote against the state attorney general. He is politically moderate, but he is nonetheless effectively Chuck Schumer’s man in a state that gave almost 70 percent of its votes to Donald Trump. Joe Biden, another familiar Democrat presenting himself as a political moderate, could not break 30 percent in West Virginia.

Senator …

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