I don't know if I'd use the word "lucky" but certainly it's better to have him around to pass Covid relief bills, Biden’s Cabinet appointments, let Dems make court appointments, and use reconciliation to pass infrastructure and other bills that will help Americans if need be.

No point in "kicking Manchin to the curb" which I've seen thrown around. No more liberal Democrat is going to win that seat.  His body is useful for holding the majority, but that's it. Keep him around, like a doorstop. 

But FFS, we MUST vote in several other Dems in states like PA, Wisc., Fla., N.C., etc. and make Manchin less powerful. And keep the House. That takes work.

Perspective | Democrats complain about Joe Manchin, but they’re lucky to have him:
washingtonpost.com/outlook/202

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Bashing Manchin is very tempting, since what he says and does not only makes no sense but is bad for his own state - however if we elect more Democratic Senators, he will no longer be the one and only thing preventing Moscow Mitch from being Majority Leader again.

If anyone needs House retention motivation, consider, besides not getting anything done at all, Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker. :dumpsterfire:

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