Manchin-approved GOP rep got his ass banged in the West Virginia primary

Donald Trump scratched another name off his enemies list Tuesday night after GOP Rep David McKinley lost his main match to Rep Alex Mooney, who approved of Trump because he wasn’t McKinley. West Virginia lost a seat in Congress in the 2020 census because many people moved or simply died, and that left McKinley and Mooney fighting for the new Second Congressional District.

It also offered Trump the opportunity to inflict pain on McKinley, who committed heresies against MAGA. He voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which Trump hated because he didn’t sign it himself. Worse still, McKinley voted to create a bipartisan commission on Jan.6 as a common RINO who he thinks is wrong that Trump’s violent mob attacked the Capitol.

McKinley missed Tuesday’s primary so badly that he needed hugs from at least two mothers. Mooney crushed him by nearly 20 points. Of course, Mooney had Trump’s support in a state the former president had in 2020 by nearly 40 points. McKinley had to settle for an election announcement from Senator Joe Manchin, who isn’t even officially a Republican.

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Manchin got nervous with Mooney in the ad, calling him a liar who only cares about himself. This is a consistent character description for Most of Trump’s approval choices. Manchin spoke about McKinley’s opposition to Build Back Better, which Manchin personally criticized last year. This is hardly a MAGA credential because no Republican has supported Joe Biden’s socialist plan to feed starving children and prevent the planet from catching fire. McKinley was toasted due to the vote on the infrastructure bill. Washington Post columnist James Hohmann wrote yesterday that McKinley’s loss “best illustrates why President Biden’s theory of government has failed.”

Hard, but here’s his explanation:

When Biden ran for president in 2020, his central rationale was that he could unite the two parties and pass bipartisan legislation. You called President Donald Trump to “aberration“whose influence would quickly dissipate and he believed that friendships forged over nearly 50 years in Washington would allow him to break the fever in ways that President Barack Obama could never have done. “You will see an epiphany among many of my Republican friends,” Biden in New Hampshire predicted.

Last summer, after closing a deal with Senate Republicans that would have led to the passage of a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, Biden claimed claim. He mocked fellow Democrats who called him naive for believing the two parties could bridge their divisions.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill should have been a crush on Republicans: their penniless states would receive billions of federal dollars. West Virginia in particular could use that money for its literally crumbling roads and bridges. USA Today framed the primaries as a test of Trump’s weight and the importance of infrastructure. GOP voters have taken the mean road.

McKinley helped bring billions of dollars to West Virginia. Mooney obeyed the orders of the mad MAGA king and now Mooney is returning to Washington, DC. State voters have no reason to expect Mooney to do anything constructive for them other than oppose Biden’s every move. This is what the West Virginia Republicans wanted. They have no interest in “bipartisanship” and Joe Manchin – Mr. Bipartisanship – must read today’s election news with growing alarm about his political future.

Yes, Manchin currently enjoys a high popularity rating in the state, but its usefulness to Republicans will greatly diminish when it does not actively obstruct a Democratic Senate. In early 2021, Senators Susan Collins, John Thune and Rob Portman reportedly said with Manchin to change sides and thus keep the Senate under the control of the GOP. I hate Manchin, but I appreciate that this would have been a disaster, so good to him for not completely fucking America.

Portman later retired as a coward who knew he couldn’t win a GOP primary. This is Manchin’s dilemma, so there is even less reason to fear that he will step right and officially join the GOP. He’s as stuck with the Democrats as we are with him. We rise or fall together.

[The Atlantic / Washington Post / USA Today]

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