WTF? Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Not Sure If He’ll Vote for Obama or Romney

Joe Manchin with Barack Obama

From The Boston Globe:

In a statement Friday, the West Virginia lawmaker said he had “some real differences” with both leaders, finding fault with Obama’s energy and economic policies while questioning whether Romney could understand the challenges facing ordinary people.

“I strongly believe that every American should always be rooting for our president to do well, no matter which political party that he or she might belong to,” Manchin said. “With that being said, many West Virginians believe the last 3 1/2 years haven’t been good for us, but we’re hopeful that they can get better.”

The Globe writer has the nerve to call Manchin “moderate.”

Manchin, one of the more moderate Senate Democrats, has broken with his party on several issues as he seeks re-election this year. His state has backed the Republican candidate in the last three presidential elections, and Obama did not fare well in 2008. Obama lost to GOP nominee Sen. John McCain, 56-43 percent, and was overwhelmed by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, losing 67-26 percent.

Last time I checked Hillary Clinton was a Democrat and a more liberal one than Obama, so I guess West Virginians are capable of voting Democratic.

Manchin told the National Journal (NJ) that he will vote for the person his constituents want, (which right now looks like it will be Romney says the NJ), but he has concerns about Romney’s support for the Ryan budget because the folks in WV might not like losing their Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. But he doesn’t like Obama’s energy policies. Whatever happened to politicians showing leadership?

Manchin’s position echoes the stance he took during his 2010 special election campaign to serve out the term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd. He declined ahead of that election to endorse a second term for Obama or to say if he would vote for Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to remain majority leader.

If Manchin in fact votes based on which candidate most of his constituents embrace, he will likely cast his ballot for Romney. Obama lost West Virginia by 13 points in 2008 and remains unpopular there. While Romney’s wealth, Mormonism, and views on entitlement reform may not be a perfect fit in a state that remains relatively poor, Protestant, and dependent on federal spending, Obama probably will not take the state….

The share of voters who split their ballots between a presidential candidate and a Senate candidate has steadily declined since 1960. It is now common for more than 80 percent of voters who approve of a president’s performance to back the Senate nominee from the same party, a National Journal analysis of competitive races since 2004 found. Similarly, more than 80 percent of voters who disapprove of a president’s performance tend to support the Senate candidate from the other party, according to the analysis. That is Manchin’s challenge.

I’m guessing the Obama campaign’s reaction to Manchin’s up front announcement that he’ll likely vote for Romney is going to be a bit of a challenge too. Has Manchin ever heard of “The Chicago Way?” I don’t recall even Ben Nelson ever going so far as to publicly announce he would vote for the Republican presidential candidate.

15 Comments on “WTF? Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Not Sure If He’ll Vote for Obama or Romney”

  1. dakinikat says:

    I don’t get why Republicans can demand ideological purity but Democrats let the people they give money to go ROGUE all the time.

    • RalphB says:

      The DSCC should cut him off now and demand any previous money back!

    • northwestrain says:

      Wasn’t there an announcement from team 0bama that the dem candidates shouldn’t expect any financial support from the dem party or 0bama??

      Anyway — this guy is a jerk. Another Stupak — DINO. It is hard to imagine how any real Dem can vote for Romney. By the same token how can any women vote Romney — unless the dear woman-child is suffering from learned helplessness.

      It seems like the dems should require some sort of loyalty oath. Otherwise why vote democrat — when the other guy is a real deal GOPer.

      Being an independent I can voice these opinions — and I can choose not to gift any politicians with my vote.

      Some really weird people call themselves democrats these days. Like Reid.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Presidents have a lot more leverage than money. He could make this guy’s life a living hell if he wanted to. Everyone has skeletons in their closet.

  2. RalphB says:

    Charles Pierce has a good take on this selfish ass.

    Manchin on a Hill

    Of all the relatively useless piles of skin in the Democratic congressional caucus, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin is one of the most egregious. Here’s Joe, in an ad (above) where he pledges fealty to the NRA, promises to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, and shoots his big old gun at the (formerly Republican) idea of cap-and-trade. What a guy.

    He’s outdone himself today, though. Joe’s decided to tell the world that he’s undecided in this year’s presidential election:

    “I am just waiting for it to play out. I am not jumping in one way or another,” Manchin said. “I’m worried about me. I’ve said it’s not a team sport. You need to go out and work for yourself.”

    Le goober, c’est moi.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks, I didn’t even check Charlie’s blog. I was just so shocked when I saw that in the Boston Globe!

      • dakinikat says:

        This is exactly why we get the likes of Ben Nelson. He was a failed Republican in Nebraska. He knew the Democrats would pour money into him.

      • RalphB says:

        You just know this creep will switch parties the second the voter registration switches from Dem to Rep.

      • bostonboomer says:

        He’s only been Senator for two years. He was Governor before. He probably will switch parties.

    • jawbone says:

      He will switch parties the moment the Senate goes Republican. He’s still a Dem for the majority perks.


      • bostonboomer says:

        It’s odd that West Virginians hate Obama’s energy policy. What has he actually done?

        • ecocatwoman says:

          Just Google Obama + coal and you will get LOTS of hits. Apparently he is waging a WAR on coal. I believe the EPA has issued stricter regs on new coal plants. And WV’s economy is a coal economy.

  3. RalphB says:

    On the topic of money, it’s amazing how few small donors Romney has, as in tiny numbers.

    TPM: Romney Trails Obama Big Time With Small Donors

    Breaking things down by itemized donors, who have contributed over $200 total, and unitemized donors, who have contributed under $200 total, the difference is striking. Obama raised $18.9 million his total from itemized donors, versus $15.8 million from unitemized, smaller, donors. For Romney, $10.9 million came from itemized donors, versus a paltry $1.6 million unitemized donors. That means roughly 87% of Romney’s total came from donors above $200.