This is NOT a good look for Democrats…
The 53/47 Republican majority in the US Upper house of Congress give Republican the ability to counter balance the Democratic majority in House…
It is a political insurance policy for Donald Trump ….
The odds of Democrats getting a tie in the Senate or an outright majority are not since most of the 30+ US Senate seats up for a vote next November are in ‘safe’ Republican states….
The loss of Manchin in West Virginia would make a Chuck Schumer Democratic majority almost impossible…No Democrat is gonna replace Manchin’s exit in his state…
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is eyeing a possible exit from the Senate, and his decision could be a significant factor in which party controls the majority in 2021.
In moments of frustration, the centrist senator has gone so far as to tell colleagues he may leave the upper chamber before the end of this Congress, or after the 2020 elections.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) keeps a close watch on Manchin, and the senators have a good working relationship. While Schumer recognizes that his West Virginia colleague can get exasperated by dysfunction in the Senate, he believes Manchin is content and engaged in his job.
But Manchin says he’s deeply irritated with the lack of bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill, where passing bills has largely become an afterthought in the 116th Congress.
Manchin noted supporters in West Virginia are pressing him to run for governor next year, and he’s considering it.
“I have people back home that want me to come back and run for governor. We’re looking at all the different plays. I want to make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive,” he told The Hill.
Asked if he’s happy with how productive he is in the Senate, Manchin replied, “Not at all.”
“I haven’t been happy since I’ve been here. I’ve always thought there was more we can do. It’s the greatest body in the world, so much good could be done,” he said of the legislative stalemate.
Manchin, 71, compiled a successful record as governor from 2005 to 2010. He was reelected to a second term in 2008 but left before finishing his term after winning election to the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.)….