Posts Tagged ‘Sen. Joe Manchin’

Manchin Decides

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Before telling West Virginians U. S. Joe Manchin told the nation he will not run for Governor.  He appeared on CBS “Face the Nation” today.

 

A Manchin Dilemma

Monday, March 9th, 2015

I am beginning to think about the landscape and strategy for the 2016 campaign as the Republican controlled Legislature begins to wrap up.  Today I found an insightful analysis in Real Clear Politics.  With Senator Joe Manchin deciding which roads to travel in 2016 – stay in the Senate or return to the big house on the Kanawha this is helpful.

This excellent analysis was written by David Byler – a West Virginia native – who is an elections analyst for Real Clear Politics.  This is a must read for anyone about to engage in the 2016 election and is serious about politics in our state – as I am.  Click here to read.

Is Manchin Coming Home?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The Associated Press has a story running that Senator Joe Manchin may be coming home.  After last November election results “Joe” may be the best hope for a revived Democratic Party in our State?  Who knows when it comes to Joe?

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Manchin For President?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

POLITICO’s Huddle reports this morning that U. S. Senator Joe Manchin has not ruled out running for President.   The story by Scott Wong is below.

By Scott Wong (swong@politico.com or @scottwongDC)

IF HILLARY PASSES, MANCHIN FOR PRESIDENT? – Sen. Joe Manchin says a 2016 presidential run is “low on the totem pole,” but he’s not exactly ruling it out.

The West Virginia Democrat, a frequent critic of President Obama and perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the upper chamber, has already endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016. But if the former secretary of State takes a pass, expect to hear more about the former Mountain State governor – especially with former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, another possible ’16 hopeful from a red state, making some off-color remarks about gays and prostitutes.

Some Twitter accounts have popped up in the past week with the handles @NH4JoeManchin and @Iowa4JoeManchin – though he hasn’t made trips to those early primary states. @DraftJoeManchin recently tweeted: “We think that Joe Manchin is the most gifted leader and the most unifying leader we could elect as our next President.”

“It’s very flattering. The bottom line is people are searching for somebody who’s willing to fix things rather than talk about them,” Manchin told your Huddle host on Tuesday. “It’s something I haven’t given an awful lot of thought about. I’ve been working hard trying to get [the Senate] to work. It’s a shame. It really is a shame. It’s a great country, and we have a lot of good people here, but somehow politics has trumped policy.

Told that Manchin’s politics would probably be too conservative to win his party’s nomination, he replied: “My politics are about as middle of the road and American as you can get. I keep saying I’m fiscally responsible and socially compassionate, and I think most Americans are.”

A more likely scenario is that Manchin — frustrated with Senate gridlock — will run for the governor’s mansion again in 2016. But is a presidential bid completely off the table? “I would think it’s low on the totem pole,” he said.

Those who’ve worked closely with Manchin say he’s a talented politician who is beloved in his home state, even if he’s far from a household name on a national level.

“I don’t speak for Sen. Manchin, but if Secretary Clinton decides not to run the field will be as wide open as the Grand Canyon,” said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, who served as Manchin’s first chief of staff in his Senate office. “At that point, with his retail politicking skills, Manchin could make a real run against more mortal and less seasoned politicians.

“If she runs,” Kofinis added, “it’s almost impossible to see the realistic path how anyone on the Dem side beats her in a primary.”

How Manchin Did It!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

After Senator Manchin’s announcement that he had reached a deal on background checks in the gun control debate yesterday several people I spoke with asked how he did it.  The answer came this morning when The Charleston Daily Mail ran an article that appeared in The Washington Post.  It sheds light on Manchin as a new deal maker in the nation’s capital.

For our readers who follow politics or those just interested click here to see how Manchin “worked Washington.”

Manchin Continues

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Senator Joe Manchin continues his “campaign” of attracting national media attention.  This morning’s New York Times features him front page with a color picture.  A NYT reporter joined Senator Manchin in Beckley where he brought 15 citizens together for a discussion of gun laws.  Read here.

Tipping Point

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Last week WV Senator Joe Manchin made news across the country with his comments related to guns.  His action and words have caused a stir.  President Obama gave him a call and over 100 protesters on a Saturday before Christmas showed up at this office.

The Outlook section of today’s Washington Post has an Op Ed piece written by Manchin who says Obama and NRA both fall short.  Here it is if you wish to read. (If you are not a Post subscriber you may need to register.)

Joe and the Challenge of 2012

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Sen. Joe Manchin is defending his loyalty as a Democrat in an op ed appearing in the Sunday Gazette-Mail.  It all started when he told the National Journal he was uncertain who he would vote for as President in November.    

There is no doubt Sen. Manchin is a Democrat.  It appears as he discusses his votes in the United State Senate and taking on the President he is doing what many West Virginia Democrats started doing in 1996.  That was voting for what is best for West Virginia not just their party. 

I have always believed when Democrats voted for Governor Cecil Underwood that year they started putting the State ahead of party.  I thought it was confirmed when George W. Bush became the first non-incumbent Republican in 70 years to win WV.  It took a lot of registered Democrats to accomplish that feat and again in 2004 & 2008.

However, after the Manchin news broke a prominent lifelong Democrat contacted me saying “Joe’s distancing himself from his President reinforced his reputation as a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) and wimp.”  Further, the negative reaction was much stronger than he would have thought possible and it was coming from liberals, moderates and others.

That assessment was confirmed as Manchin felt compelled to host a call of Democrat County Chairs and State Committee members.  Reports are that Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro compared it to a big family airing their differences.

Despite the belief no one believes Obama is going to win West Virginia, Republicans take it at their own peril to believe so.  The fact the ever popular Manchin had to convene his party’s leaders in an attempt to calm them is a signal they are prepared to battle for Obama’s success and that of their other candidates in November.

Manchin on the Fence About Obama Vote

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Manchin on the Fence about Obama Vote

By Dan Friedman (National Journal)

Sen.  Joe Manchin (D-W.Va, who has done more than any other Democrat up for re-election this year to distance himself from President Obama, said he does not know if he will vote for Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.  Read the full story here.

Manchin Front Page of WSJ

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

WV Senator Joe Manchin takes front page of today’s Wall Street Journal.  The article entitled “Wayward Senate Democrats Keep Distance From Obama.”  Read the full story here.