The political spotlight shines brightly on Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, and for good reason. To begin with, he clearly relishes the attention, brought on by his ability to have the fate of President Biden’s legislative agenda subject to his whim. The nature of a 50-50 Senate is that any one senator could play the spoiler on any given bill, but for the most part the Democratic caucus seems remarkably united on a wide range of hot button issues. That is, except for Manchin and to a lesser extent his partner in frustration, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
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