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  •  My guess is (2+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, JVolvo

    that Manchin is doing the old "moderate Republican" dance, only in reverse.

    The "moderate" Northeastern Republicans (i.e. Chris Christie) have figured out that being "moderate" essentially means pushing a conservative agenda on substantive issues while breaking with their party on giant nothingburgers like, say, Sandy relief (okay, Sandy relief isn't a giant nothingburger, but the fact that thinking the federal government should help was controversial shows how far off the rails the Republicans have gotten) in order to look moderate.

    Manchin here gets to publicly look like a moderate while not actually doing anything.  Not as though he's actually casting a vote for anything.  Similar to Booker, who went on national TV to defend Bain to stop his Wall Street donors from freaking out.  It's really a giant nothingburger.

    (Now, Manchin's voting record, on the other hand...)

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:57:15 PM PDT

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