Joe Manchin is an epic disappointment already. He was the only Democratic senator to vote no on a DADT repeal earlier in the month, and then refused to even show his face for the vote on Saturday for the DREAM Act and DADT. SO what pressing engagement had him so tied up that he couldn’t muster an appearance during one of the biggest voting days this Congress has seen thus far?
A Christmas Party, of course!
Manchin spokesman Sara Payne Scarbro elaborated to the Charleston Gazette in an email, saying that he and his wife “planned a holiday gathering over a year ago with all their children and grandchildren as they will not all be together on Christmas Day.”
“While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break,” Scarbro said. “However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues.”
I’m a little embarrassed to call Manchin my senator right now. The fact that he skipped out on clearly the most important vote since he has taken office is sad. It doesn’t bode well for his future in the Senate either. Thankfully he’s up for election in 2012; I’d like to see Secretary of State Natalie Tennant give him a run for his money then.
Manchin has pissed off the unions too. In West Virginia, if you’re a Democrat, unions play a vital role in your political life. If Manchin loses the union vote he can rest assured that his tenure as a United States Senator will not last very long at all. . . . Read the rest of this entry →