Here is a very interesting piece from Politico about West Virginia’s conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. He looks at the folks that I look at, the ones who may be conservative or liberal, but who are (relatively) honest and pragmatic. As I have said here before, I would like to see a bipartisan group send up a solid centrist independent ticket in 2020 and break up both parties. A race nobody could call and folks would just have to get out and vote. Maybe even a moderate splinter from each of the parties and a four-way race.
With Jones arriving in the Senate, Manchin has new dreams of a middle-of-the-road nucleus, along with fellow centrist Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and from the Republican side, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), retiring Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Add in “that independent free spirit” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Manchin said, and he thinks they might be able to reshape what happens.