On election night 2010, Democrats were reassuring themselves by pointing to Joe Manchin's win in his West Virginia Senate race to replace the deceased Robert Byrd. Of course, they just ignored the fact that Manchin basically had to promise the people of West Virginia he would oppose virtually everything the Democrats were trying to do in Washington in order to get elected.
That's why many of us (myself included) said in post-election analysis that this could be an entertaining seat to watch...particularly since Manchin will have to defend that seat in another two years when Byrd's term would have been up.
It appears we were right:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) appeared to take a stand on the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" Thursday, becoming the only Senate Democrat to vote against a procedural motion to move the measure forward.
Don't you love that "appeared to take a stand" part? Classic. Here's why it only "appeared" that way:
But after the vote, Manchin blasted out a statement apologizing to anyone angered by his vote and said he believed the policy "probably should be repealed in the near future."
"While I believe the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy will be repealed someday, and probably should be repealed in the near future, I do not support its repeal at this time," Manchin said in the statement. "I truly understand that my position will anger those who believe repeal should happen now and for that I sincerely apologize. While I am very sympathetic to those who passionately support the repeal, as a Senator of just three weeks, I have not had the opportunity to visit and hear the full range of viewpoints from the citizens of West Virginia."
Manchin went on to explain that his 'no' vote Thursday doesn't reflect concerns with repealing the ban on openly gay service members. He said it's "an issue of timing."
He also suggested that President Obama should just leave the Senate out of the equation and take it upon himself to stop the policy, noting in his statement that some believe it's within Obama's power to suspend the military discharges "if he deems it a matter of national security."
"If this is correct, and the President was to make such an order, while I may disagree with it, I would respect his authority as President to do so," Manchin said in the statement.
Oh my. Even attempting to make sense out of that gobbledygook is nearly an impossible task. This is the dilemma that the left presents the Democratic Party. America is not on board with progressive liberalism. Progressive liberals have taken over the Democratic Party, and consequently people like Manchin look like fools.
It may not be his fault, but it's pretty apparent, we've got a doozy from West Virginia whose two year two-step is going to fun to watch.