By Duncan Smith

Is Sen. Joe Manchin a legitimate ‘moderate’ Democrat or is he just a poser who is really angling for more power within his caucus?

We want to think the former — after all, he is from bright red West Virginny, where even the governor, Jim Justice, switched parties in 2016 from Democrat to Republican — but because he’s in Washington we tend to think the latter.

Earlier this fall, Manchin made it clear he wouldn’t support Biden’s multi-trillion dollar ‘human infrastructure’ legislation that will essentially put another third of the country on the taxpayer dole from cradle to grave.

That’s in addition to the tens of millions already on it.

He said he would support a $1.5 trillion package, and that’s it.

But that was then.

Now? Maybe he’ll go higher…

National Review has more:

Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) said Tuesday that he could potentially support a social-spending package of more than $1.5 trillion, as President Biden has hoped to quell intraparty conflict with a compromise topline of $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion for Democrats' reconciliation bill.

'I'm not ruling anything out, but the bottom line is, I want to make sure that we're strategic, we do the right job and we don't basically add more to the concerns that we have right now,' Manchin told reporters on Tuesday, after having previously set $1.5 trillion as his topline.

Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.), both of whom are moderates, have refused to support the initial proposal of $3.5 trillion for the massive social-spending bill. The bill would need the support of all 50 Senate Democrats to pass via the budget-reconciliation process. 

If Manchin turns out to be a poser rather than the principled guy he has been portraying himself as up to now, we’ve got to believe that he’ll eventually cave on his opposition to eliminating the filibuster.

Then get ready for a tsunami of Marxism from the slim Democrat majority.

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