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Manchin: Moderate Democrat puts brakes on party

Some in the Democratic Party are suggesting a virtual re-do of our political system. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is both right and responsible in letting them know he will not go along with that.

Depending on how two U.S. Senate races scheduled for January in Georgia go, it is possible Democrats will be able to get some of their agenda enacted. Radicals in the party say that should include “packing” the U.S. Supreme Court, adding states to the Union to gain more Democrat seats in Congress and doing away with the Senate filibuster.

“No way, shape or form,” Manchin has responded to those ideas. He told our reporter he will not support any of the three radical proposals.

All three could be bad for West Virginia, in various ways. Simply as a representative of Mountain State residents, Manchin is right to say no to the radicals’ plan.

Making his position clear now was an excellent decision, for both West Virginians and our fellow Americans. It provides at least some certainty to an uncertain political future, and shows us that — at least here in West Virginia — there are still a few elected officials more interested in loyalty to the people they were elected to serve, than to the extremist leaders of their own parties.

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