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Sen. Joe Manchin Leaves the Democratic Party to Register as Independent

Why it Matters:

On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) officially left the Democratic Party and registered as an independent. This significant political move follows his earlier consideration of an independent presidential bid. While Manchin has declared that he will not run for Senate re-election, his departure from the Democratic Party offers him the flexibility to reconsider his political future. He may still choose to run for the Senate or the West Virginia governorship as an independent candidate.

What They’re Saying:

In his statement announcing the decision, Manchin criticized both the Democratic and Republican parties for their “partisan extremism,” which he believes is endangering the health of American democracy. He expressed his frustration with the current state of national politics, highlighting the lack of willingness from both sides to compromise and find common ground.

Manchin stated, “Today, our national politics are broken and neither party is willing to compromise to find common ground. To stay true to myself and remain committed to putting country before party, I have decided to register as an independent with no party affiliation and continue to fight for America’s sensible majority.”

The Big Picture:

Manchin, a lifelong centrist Democrat, has served two terms as the governor of West Virginia before his election to the Senate in 2010. Over his career, he has often found himself at odds with his party, especially in the current political climate. He has been notably critical of the Biden administration, particularly regarding its approach to climate and energy policies.

As a pivotal swing vote in a narrowly divided Senate, Manchin played a crucial role in shaping, and significantly reducing, the scope of Biden’s key legislative effort, the Inflation Reduction Act. His ongoing disputes with the Biden administration over the implementation of this major climate and energy law have only intensified his criticisms. Manchin has accused President Biden of pursuing a “radical climate agenda,” further straining their relationship.

Manchin’s decision to leave the Democratic Party follows a similar move by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), another centrist who left the party in 2022. Like Manchin, Sinema cited the increasing partisan extremism and a commitment to independence as her reasons for not seeking re-election.

In summary, Manchin’s shift to independent status underscores the growing dissatisfaction among centrists within both major political parties and highlights the challenges of navigating an increasingly polarized political landscape.

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