NRSC hitting Manchin hard over ties to Reid

posted at 5:52 pm on November 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Did you think that the campaign was over?  Silly voters!  Just a far after rumors began floating that the GOP would attempt to woo newly-elected Senator Joe Manchin to switch parties, a suggestion that didn’t exactly get a categorical refusal at first, the NRSC has decided to go on the attack immediately.  They launched a rhetorical blast intended to paint the West Virginian as an acolyte of the anti-coal Harry Reid:

Despite his repeated campaign rhetoric of putting West Virginia ahead of his party leaders’ narrow partisan agenda in Washington, liberal Governor Joe Manchin (D-WV) is already signaling that he plans to side with his anti-coal, pro-stimulus Democrat party bosses over the best interests of his constituents.

As Roll Call noted, Manchin “campaigned on his opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature legislative policies and a pledge to challenge the liberal Democratic agenda and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)” while pursuing his personal ambitions.

But today, amid rumors that the Democrats’ reckless spending, tax hikes and job-killing anti-coal policies might drive him to break with his party, Manchin promised to be a “lifelong Democrat” in Washington, doubling down on his commitment to anti-coal U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who spearheaded the failed $787 billion stimulus debacle and strongly supports a job-killing cap-and-trade energy tax.

Notably, Manchin disregarded Reid’s anti-coal rhetoric, including his assertion that “coal makes us sick” and is “ruining our country… ruining our world.” Manchin also accepted $10,000 in campaign cash from Reid’s political action committee during his Senate bid.

“Joe Manchin promised to put his state first while hunting for votes in West Virginia, but just a week after the election, it’s clear that he’ll do the exact opposite in Washington,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Communications Director Brian Walsh.

“After lining his campaign war chest with his party bosses’ cash, Manchin is now doubling down on his commitment to join them in rubberstamping President Obama’s liberal, job-killing agenda in the Senate,” Walsh continued. “We look forward to hearing Joe Manchin explain how backing an anti-coal, pro-stimulus, and pro-ObamaCare liberal like Harry Reid is ‘putting West Virginia first.’”

The “lifelong Democrat” comment came in response to the rumors yesterday as a means to assure the Democrats that spent a lot of money and effort to protect Manchin against John Raese that he wouldn’t use their money and then defect to the GOP.  His own team made such a strong statement necessary after their seeming equivocation yesterday on the subject.  Instead of a simple “we’re not interested” or even “we’ll keep ours a strong and independent voice,” they offered the possibility of a party switch if Democrats failed to change their approach appreciably.

This means little now, of course, since Manchin already won the election and will take his seat at the beginning of the lame-duck session next week.  The NRSC wants to make sure, though, that Manchin knows that his race will present a special target in 2012 as a deeply unpopular Barack Obama campaigns for re-election at the same time.  With that in mind, the NRSC might want to change its approach and tie Manchin to Obama’s threat to bankrupt coal-based electrical producers rather than Reid, who is likely a much less controversial figure in West Virginia.

Either way, it’s an interesting bit of inside baseball.  You know what they say about a party scorned ….


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“Your butt looks fat, but will you go out with me anyway?

Bwahahaha

percysunshine on November 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Start the RSCC 2012 campaign today.

barnone on November 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I’m shocked I tell you, shocked! A dem lie to get elected???? Say it isn’t so!

Chewy the Lab on November 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Manchin looks and sounds like the reptilian “Buddy Garrity” character, a car salesman on “Friday Night Lights”.

Believe him with one hand on your wallet pocket.

ontherocks on November 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

cornyn better man up

cmsinaz on November 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Every vote scrutized, chronicled and reported…

WE’RE WATCHING, SENATOR…

Khun Joe on November 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

WE’RE WATCHING, SENATOR…

Khun Joe on November 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

yes we are! if cornyn is still heading the nrsc, he better get crackin’ with good candidate

cmsinaz on November 9, 2010 at 6:10 PM

dear leader’s new pet

cmsinaz on November 9, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Let us hope WV is watching.

IowaWoman on November 9, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Well it looks like 2012 is opening early.

Machin only serves the remainder of Byrd’s term and I think that ends in 2012.

And here I was hoping we could wait until January.

tarpon on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Maybe he doesn’t want to last more then 2 years? LOL

Manchin….tick tock tick tock. Tank your state, and they’ll tank you!

capejasmine on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM

West Virginia voted for this guy, they’ll get what they deserve..

gary4205 on November 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM

I think it was pretty clear that Manchin will do or say whatever is necessary to get elected. Hell, he virtually became a Republican to win.

Now that he won … well that’s a different story.

darwin on November 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Voters’ must be informed and think when voting. Buyer’s remorse is not good when someone is voted in to a six year term. Peel back the onion before going to the polls.

rjoco1 on November 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Oh, WV is watching alright. The Tea Parties predicted this. They are working right this second to inform WV what is happening every second Joe Manchin is in DC.

BetseyRoss on November 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Let us hope WV is watching.

IowaWoman on November 9, 2010 at 6:14 PM

They were watching and still got buffaloed.

darwin on November 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I think it was pretty clear that Manchin will do or say whatever is necessary to get elected. Hell, he virtually became a Republican to win.

Now that he won … well that’s a different story.

darwin on November 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Funny how that works for the dems, some pretend to be pro-life, some take out their remington 700′s and punch a hole in legislation then get elected and the mask comes off and the liberal comes shining through.

fourdeucer on November 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

What is the point….?
Call me in a year and a half.

NeoKong on November 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Democrat = LIAR

You Betcha!

dhunter on November 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Don’t try to change Manchin. Re-start the old Democrat Party where Manchin would be the norm. And make the far left liberal progressives go crawl under a rock. There are far more old school Democrats than this new age garbage Pelosi has embraced, (or maybe even stuck with), and by 2012 they will be even more obtuse.

Rovin on November 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

That’s right, Joe will be running with Barry at the top of the ticket in 2012. Yes, we will be watching his every vote, and not just the big ones. Every little procedural vote. How often does he vote with Dirty Harry ‘N Barry?
And yes, Mr Cornyn, start looking for a viable opponent NOW!
Worst case scenario is that it makes the Dems spend money where they can least afford it.

humdinger on November 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Manchin looks and sounds like the reptilian “Buddy Garrity” character, a car salesman on “Friday Night Lights”.

Believe him with one hand on your wallet pocket.

ontherocks on November 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

otr, I grew up in West (by God) and believe it or not, Manchin is actually one of the most trustworthy looking pols I’ve seen there. You should see the ones that don’t get national coverage!

TugboatPhil on November 9, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Don’t try to change Manchin. Re-start the old Democrat Party where Manchin would be the norm. And make the far left liberal progressives go crawl under a rock. There are far more old school Democrats than this new age garbage Pelosi has embraced, (or maybe even stuck with), and by 2012 they will be even more obtuse.

Rovin on November 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

If what I’ve read is accurate, the Democratic Party requires delegate quotas for certain groups, practically insuring the Left has a lock on the Party.

The old school Democrats will have to start their own party.

LarryD on November 10, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Two problems here worth mentioning:

1. Cornyn wants Manchin. Sure, it would be a poke in Ried’s eye with a sharp stick, but it would backfire terribly. Anything that allows the White House to spread blame for support of policies among both parties is bad. Period.

2. Manchin is a weasel. Which means Manchin is a Democrat Senator. Keep the weasels in their own yard.

Also, my apologies to weasels everywhere.

Freelancer on November 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM