The Joe Manchin party-switch question


We’ve already seen something like this play out. In 2001, Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.), a Republican in a blue state, left the GOP to become an independent who caucused with Democrats, switching control of the chamber. Given the current 50-50 Senate — and the fact that Manchin is probably one of the few senators who could pull off a party switch and live to tell the political tale — it’s something that should rightly frighten Democrats, however real the idea currently is.


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