The Democrats are presently licking their chops over a Trump versus DeSantis showdown, clearly hoping that Republican voters are split and neither candidate obtains sufficient support for winning in the general election.
However, the Dems are also unlikely to account for the impact that a third-party candidate may have on 2024, especially if that third party candidate is a Democrat himself.
That’s right: None other than Senator Joe Manchin, who has long since attracted the ire of the Democrats due to failing to approve Biden’s endless spending, has recently provoked rumors that he may run in 2024 …
As an independent candidate.
Imagine the media fury that will ensue.
One thing is for sure: Manchin himself isn’t too concerned about the fury, considering that he did little to dispel the rumors regarding a third-party run during a recent Fox News appearance.
Indeed, “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream directly asked whether or not “a third-party run still in the realm of possibility” for Manchin, especially amid the rising influence of “No Labels,” a group pushing for greater centrism in politics.
Manchin answered carefully, neither confirming nor denying Bream’s pointed inquiry.
“No Labels has been moving and pushing very hard the centrist middle. Making commonsense decisions …People that basically expect us to do our job. And not put the political party ahead of the policy in our great country. That’s what we’ve seen happening. And there’s more noise and more extremism coming from the far left and the far right,” Manchin intoned.
That’s true. Though it seems that the “far left” has far more backing with the White House now.
After all, the Department of “Justice” is apparently busy stalking “far right” extremists and Biden is busy bashing “far right” extremists in all his speeches … while the far left extremists do his bidding.
Manchin continued on to link the centrism pushed by No Labels directly to his own perceptions of politics, and what politics should be for the general population.
“It’s always what I’ve believed. I believe that basically that’s where you make the decisions … You listen to the left and the right. You make sure that you leave nobody behind. And you listen to the different persuasions that they might have, concerns. But when it comes, you’ve got to make common sense,” Manchin remarked.
Clearly desiring a more direct answer, Bream continued to pursue receiving a more explicit response from Manchin.
“But is there a risk management team assessing a third-party run for Sen. Joe Manchin with No Labels or any other option?” Bream questioned, and, as Manchin continued to deflect, she inquired, “OK, ruling it out? Not ruling it out?”
At that point, Manchin responded more resolutely to Bream, and his response undoubtedly provoked an enraged response from the ailing Biden 2024 team.
“Not ruling anything in, not ruling anything out,” Manchin replied crisply.
One can only hope Manchin does run as a third-party candidate, in order to ensure that either centrism or conservatism wins.
Author: Jane Jones