Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia finally waved goodbye and announced he won’t be seeking re-election. He described Washington as a place that thrives on dividing people like him and his supporters. He went on to say that after 13 years in the Senate, he realized he can’t change the system from within and is now looking to mobilize the “radical middle” – whatever that means.
Manchin also teased a potential independent run for the presidency, which would surely ruffle some feathers in his own party. In a stunning twist, he publicly criticized President Biden for leaning too far to the left, claiming that Biden has been swayed by the “extreme left” and has failed to bring the country together, as promised during his campaign.
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It’s no secret that Joe Manchin has been a thorn in the side of fellow Democrats for quite some time now. He’s been the voice of reason in a party that seems to be sprinting toward socialist policies like there’s a prize waiting at the finish line. His departure will surely make some waves in the Democratic camp, as they grapple with the loss of a moderate voice in a sea of progressivism.