Vanity Fair (fair warning: behind a paywall, methinks) has a piece up that makes predictions and sort of classifies a lot of (allegedly) power players in DC. This particular clump caught my attention:
“In the lead-up to the Senate vote to repeal Obamacare, Republican senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski made more headlines than at perhaps any other point in their careers. The vote on Justice Brett Kavanaugh brought a similar wave of notoriety. For years, Republicans’ slim majority in the Senate—51 to 49—meant centrists like Collins, Murkowski, and Democrat Joe Manchin could be crucial swing votes. Their every move was tracked by a rabid press, each statement picked apart for hints of sway. Now that Republicans have solidified their Senate majority, Murkowski, Collins, and Manchin may well disappear from the front page…”
I immediately laughed. If anything these three’s portfolio are going to increase. They not only will continue to have amply be-chinned Mitch over a barrel and squealing (and there’s a mental image that would gag a maggot), they will be getting the traditional honorarium (“bribes”) from the GOP, the Dims, and their corporate donors. And yes, I do know that Manchin is a Dim, but like Traitor Joe he is only beholden to hisself.
Anyway, just to finish the quote, which I know reflects what I just wrote, except I do not see them as moderates:
“…But with the House back in Democratic hands, their moderate outlook may prove more crucial than ever as the two branches search for common ground.”