I’m generally sympathetic to the political pinch Democratic elected officials in conservative states find themselves in. I’ve lived most of my life in red states, and I get the survival instinct on display when Blue Dogs and similarly situated Dems have to tack against the national party. But what can you say about Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)? The harder he tries, the worse it gets.
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