By Duncan Smith

Before all is said and done, the country may owe its solvency to Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia.

Ditto for Krysten Sinema, a moderate Arizona senator.

Both of these political leaders have refused to go along with the worst Marxist instincts of their Democrat tribe following their stolen victories in 2020.

With control of the House, Senate, and White House, Biden’s Commie handlers have been pushing to implement country-destroying policies like taking over federal election processes that are constitutionally given to states, packing the Supreme Court with leftists, and spending us into oblivion by ditching the 60-vote filibuster rule.

Manchin was pressed on all of this during an interview Sunday with that ABC News libtard, Jonathan Karl (Marx), in which he stood his ground.

The Hill reports:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday defended his position as his party's swing senator, contending that he has not 'voted any differently than I voted for 10 years.'

'I've always been very moderate, very centrist. I tell people, I'm fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. And I want to find that middle. And I think there's always a middle to find,' Manchin, who has frustrated members of his party with his opposition to ending the filibuster, told host Jon Karl on ABC's 'This Week.'

Manchin, one of the Democratic caucus's most conservative members, has emerged as a key swing vote in the 50-50 split Senate. Democrats will need his support to pass some of President Biden's key legislative initiatives, including infrastructure, a social spending bill and sweeping voting rights legislation. 

Even with Manchin’s support, they may be unable to pass the latter two bills without getting rid of the filibuster.

Karl asked Manchin during the interview why he has not drawn any 'red lines' with Republicans on legislative proposals, as he has done a number of times with Democrats.

Karl said he is 'the man with the leverage,' to which Manchin responded 'I don't wish this on anybody.'

He further defended his influence in the Senate and his voting behavior, saying 'It's the way I live my life.'

'It's the way I've basically been in public life, and I'm not changing. I'm sorry that this 50/50 worked out and people were unhappy with it, but it is what it is. And if they think that I'm going to change and be something that I'm not, I won't. And I've been very clear,' Manchin said.

We wouldn’t wish Democratic wrath on anyone, either.

But for whatever else we may disagree with Manchin and Sinema, the country owes them a big-time debt of gratitude for not caving to their party over policies that would certainly dismantle what’s left of our republic.

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