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It is Senator Joe Manchin’s time to shine. It is time for him to stand up for party and for country. He has a chance to plant his standard in the ground and start rallying the Democratic Party back to responsible, American governance. Imagine this scene Friday, as the proceedings resume:
Senate Majority Leader rises: “I yield two minutes to the senior Senator from West Virginia.” A gasp and stir goes through the chamber, Chief Justice Roberts is gobsmacked. Sen. Manchin strikes forward and proclaims:
I am a Democrat.
I always have been.
I want my party back.
I demand my party back.
Back from the haters.
Back from people who call my people “deplorable” and mock them on every television screen.
Back from the socialists, whose bad ideas and violent ends we Democrats have repeatedly rejected.
What I have seen for the past week is a profoundly undemocratic play by extremists operating under my proud party’s banner.
No more. This ends now. We start to take back our party now.
As a proud West Virginian, as an American, I have seen and heard enough. I move for an immediate vote and dismissal of these contemptible charges.
With that, Senator Manchin walks back to his seat. Sen. Romney slumps in his chair, colorless, the picture of a man who realizes history has passed him by, that he has no power left to strike at, to spite the Great Big Ugly Man and his voters.