Cheap Seats has noticed that Sen. Joe. Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, has come out in support of his coal-mining constituents and lambasted President Obama’s decision to make coal the new terrorism.
Or was that Obama’s effort to divert attention from domestic spying, threatening reporters, economic incompetence, and international buffoonery?
It’s kind of hard to tell up here in the Cheap Seats.
Manchin, however, seemed to have some of the same questions as Cheap Seats when asked on Fox News about Obama’s attack on coal on the half-witted notion he’ll help the climate.
“It’s just ridiculous,” Manchin said. “I should not have to be sitting here as a U.S. senator, fighting my own president and fighting my own government. I will continue to reach out, but I need a partner here. I don’t need an adversary.”
What was so striking to Cheap Seats was that Manchin is saying exactly what Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet, Democrats just like Manchin but from the coal state of Colorado, ought to be saying.
Udall and Bennet, though, have lined up meekly behind Obama and left their coal-mining constituents out in the cold.
Of course, Udall has to tend to the home fires, where Maggie Fox (aka Mrs. Mark Udall), who heads the Climate Reality Project (CRaP), pulls down the big money.
Of course, most of them tend to be from places like Delta, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, while Udall and Bennet are more comfortable in the company of Boulder hippies and D.C. dealmakers.
As for Manchin, Cheap Seats sympathizes, but dude, welcome to our world.