If the new 50-50 Senate were a high school prom, the Democrat who would be voted Most Likely To Side with the GOP would be West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
West Virginia is a truly beautiful state. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time there, exploring the state all the way from Berkeley Springs to Huntington to Wheeling. But it’s also a poor state with massive problems in areas such as unemployment, education and substance abuse.
West Virginia is not a progressive state. The branch of the Democratic Party led by New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez does not play well there.
Joe Manchin is a true son of West Virginia. Born and raised in the small coal mining town of Farmington, the 73-year-old senator has represented his state in almost every way humanly possible, including as governor for six years. He has spent his life in West