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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 11:31 PM
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Joe Manchin absent for two major Senate votes
Joe Manchin absent for two major Senate votes

When the Senate took two of its most highly anticipated votes of the lame-duck session on Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was nowhere to be found.

Manchin, who was sworn into office last month after winning a special election for the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), was the only Senate Democrat to miss Saturday's votes on two of his party's signature pieces of legislation, the DREAM Act and the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law banning gay people from serving openly in the military.

Sen. Joe Liberman (I-Conn.), who spearheaded the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal effort, told reporters Saturday afternoon that Manchin told him he'd be out of town for "a family thing."

A Manchin spokesperson told the Charleston Gazette that the senator and his wife had "planned a holiday gathering over a year ago with all their children and grandchildren as they will not all be together on Christmas Day."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/12/joe-manchin...


Joe would have voted against both measures, had he been present.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 11:55 PM
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1. not sure if him missing these votes was a bad thing
he would have voted no

better for him to miss them than to vote no

but missing them was completely uncalled for

I'm sure his family could have waited a few hours until he was done voting

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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 01:32 AM
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2. Right, but a cowardly thing.
The family thing as an excuse as you have noted. This way he somewhat escaped national exposure as the DINO he truly is, while at the same time avoiding the wrath of many West Virginians who didn't want him to vote yes.
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MadAnne Donating Member (208 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 09:12 AM
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3. He's on the front page of the Huff Po
not sure he's escaped attention. He pissed off conservatives by not voting no and the rest by not voting yes. I've always thought Manchin had good political instincts, but it doesn't look like it now.

The very least he could do is vote.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 10:16 AM
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4. there's a story on the front of the Wheeling paper too
they did endorse him over Raese

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MadAnne Donating Member (208 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 12:22 PM
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5. And here and here.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 01:04 PM
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6. smack!
:rofl:
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 04:14 PM
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7. I guess you're right.
He was trying to be cute and ended up stepping on his tallywhacker.
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Kurmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 01:10 AM
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8. ...ended up stepping on his tallywhacker.
Better Manchin stepping on his private parts than another WV politician like Capito goosestepping to the right wing. If it had been Raese, I'm sure the "liberal" media wouldn't have even noticed.
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Kurmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 01:11 AM
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9. Dubya was cowardly, this was real politik.
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WVRICK13 Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 07:42 AM
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10. Nothing New Here
Manchin is an ASS, always has been always will be. We had a choice between swimming in the septic tank or wading in the septic tank. Either way we had shit to vote for in the last election.
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