I don’t follow Manchin closely as a personality/politician - never have.

I assume there are electoral politics theories (he needs to do this stuff to be re-elected [will he be running for re-election do you think?]).

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-Probably some corruption theories.
-Probably some psychology theories.
-Probably some these are his actual beliefs theories.
-Probably some validly trying to represent his constituent theories.
Not interested in “fulfilling the master plan of the DNC” theories but if you have a well-thought out belief in a theory, I’d love to hear it.

Not a demand. I can go read on my own later if I feel it’s needful.
No takers. I tried to be lazy 😭 oh well.
Got some after all!

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