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NY Times Reporters: Manchin Would Have Switched Parties, But He Couldn’t Stand Mitch McConnell

You no longer have to take my word for it. Mitch McConnell is a complete disaster. Just how bad would he have to be if Chuck Schumer is considered an improvement? Allegedly, Joe Manchin told Senator Thune that he would become an Independent and caucus with the Republicans if Thune were to become the leader of the Senate GOP caucus. That would have made the Republicans the majority party.

Certainly, there were many reasons for Manchin to leave the Democratic party. He would immediately become more popular in West Virginia. The Democrats were bashing him mercilessly. As an independent, he would no longer have been accountable to anyone except his constituents.So, it is quite telling that he would give all of that up in order not to have to deal with McConnell. I would love to see McConnell tossed by why replace him with Thune, another RINO?

Three GOP Senators tried to convince Manchin to caucus with the Republicans and he was seemingly receptive but he refused because he was convinced that McConnell would remain in his position. Let’s face it. Neither a Trump nor a Desantis presidency can be truly effective if either McCarthy or McConnell remains in leadership. Both must go and be replaced by genuine conservatives.

The Hill reported:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that he would switch his party to Independent and caucus with the Republican Party if Thune were made the leader of the Senate GOP, according to reporting in a new book from a pair of New York Times reporters.

Early in 2021, shortly after the election of President Biden and after Democrats had taken control of the House and Senate, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Thune tried to convince Manchin to switch parties, according to reporting in the book by journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.

Manchin was not sold on the idea, according to the book, because he did not want to make Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) the Senate majority leader again.

Joe Manchin has discovered things about Mitch McConnell that Republicans have known for years.

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