Signs Point to Manchin Appointing Himself to Replace Byrd.
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D) is tasked with giving away the very job that he wants more than anything else in the world.
Manchin’s spokesperson claims that, even though it is common knowledge that Manchin really wants Byrd’s seat (he has already formed an exploratory PAC), the Governor will not appoint himself to fill out Byrd’s term.
“The governor is not even thinking about an appointment right now. That is the furthest thing from his mind at this time.”
But the temptation to take what he wants not might be too much for Manchin.
Labor leaders are beginning to mumble behind the scenes (they want “one of their own” to replace Byrd).
“I really spent a great deal of the memorial service for Senator Byrd thinking about who is best suited to replace Senator Byrd, and I think Governor Manchin is the obvious choice. He has the stature, he has the strength, and he has the energy.”
So the “Draft Joe” mantra has slowly begun to build in West Virginia.
“He’s said emphatically that he would not appoint himself. People need to ask the governor to do this. They need to ask him to make a sacrifice and go to Washington and take this position.”
Make the sacrifice my rear end.
Manchin is encouraging his own supporters to build up the “Draft Joe” momentum until it looks that there is no choice for the Governor; that the only reasonable and rational decision is for Manchin to appoint himself.
Sadly, the people of West Virginia will more than likely fall for this ruse.
Expect Manchin to “have no choice” but to appoint himself within the next 7-10 days.