Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.: Boy, Obama has 'Failed to Lead' on This Budget Thing, Right?
3:50 PM, Mar 8, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
As a Democratic Senator somehow elected last year in a state where Barack Obama has some of his lowest approval ratings, Joe Manchin is a curious bellweather. The more he has to run from Obama and the more he feels empowered to publicly criticize the head of his party, the more Obama it suggests the President is out of touch with the kind of blue collar voters and Reagan Democrats he's going to need to win the White House again.
Obama's handling of the budget hasn't exactly impressed Manchin. And he's not the only Senate Democrat that feels that way, either:
And in a related story, last week the Washington Post called out Democrats for not telling the truth about meeting the GOP "halfway" on budget cuts. The White House took umbrage and presented their case to the Post who carefully reviewed the new data -- and concluded the dishonesty was even worse than they thought.
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