Before he’s even sworn in as a U.S. senator, Joe Manchin is already threatening to leave the Democratic Party unless he’s showered with gifts:
Aside from his pick of committee assignments (likely the Energy and Natural Resources Committee), Manchin might get support for one of his pet projects — a plant to convert coal to diesel fuel that has stalled under Democratic leadership in Washington. […]
“He was elected as a Democrat and he has to go to Washington as a Democrat to try, in good faith, to make the changes in the party he campaigned on,” said one Manchin advisor. “Now, if that doesn’t work and Democrats aren’t receptive, I don’t know what possibilities that leaves open.”
If Joe Manchin is so eager to join the GOP, why didn’t he do it before election? Oh, right. Because he’d have gotten obliterated in this or any other GOP primary. Any Democrat who offers any sort of “reward” to Manchin for staying in the party shouldn’t be surprised if they suddenly find dozens of other Democrats with their hand out for goodies as well.