Is Joe Manchin the Only Democrat Who Can Read Polls?


By opposing a $3.5 trillion spending spree, Senator Manchin is reflecting the will of American voters. Why aren’t more of his colleagues joining him?

Everyone’s asking questions about Senator Joe Manchin. The West Virginian is the decisive vote on the $3.5 trillion spending bill under consideration in Congress, and so far, he’s put up roadblock after roadblock. The Left is perplexed: Why is this lifelong Democrat standing in the way of a huge progressive victory? The Right is pleasantly surprised, and perhaps a little bit wary: Why is this longtime liberal acting like a conservative?

I prefer a different question: Is Senator Manchin the only Democrat who can read polls?