Those two Democrats have come out against Democrats in the Senate getting rid of the filibuster….
Other Senate Democrats and probably President Biden do NOT support this….
Manchin in particular tends to be VERY conservative, but Democrats NEED the two senator’s regardless right now…
There is little to no chance a progressive challenge would prevail in West Virginia….
Up until Election Day there was a dropping of the Democratic political war between the left and moderates…
It appears the early 2022 skirmishes have begun….
Manchin is widely viewed as one of the few Democrats who could hold a seat in West Virginia, which has become increasingly red over the past two decades — the progressive PAC admitted there is no Democratic bench in the state. Arizona, however, could provide more opportunities as a purple state that is now represented by two Democrats in the Senate. In November, the state voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1996.
No Excuses PAC predicted it could raise several millions of dollars to campaign against Manchin and Sinema.
“If it comes down to an actual vote on modifying the filibuster and it just won’t pass because of these two, then people are going to be so angry that there will be that national base of donors who really, really love to donate to a campaign to unseat these guys,” said Exley. “It won’t be any problem to raise many, many millions of dollars in that scenario.”
When pressed on the strength of Manchin’s name ID and history of winning in a red state, the group responded that Manchin could be vulnerable to a GOP challenge — pointing to recent comments by Republican Gov. Jim Justice supporting a large stimulus package.
There is a sense of urgency in pushing the two moderate Democrats early in Biden’s presidency, when the party has its best shot at passing big coronavirus relief and other items on Biden’s agenda, Chakrabarti said.
“Pressuring them in 2022 when Dems may no longer have a majority won’t do much,” he said. He added No Excuses PAC is “not looking for more left-leaning Democrats” but rather ones who won’t protect the filibuster.
In addition to searching for challengers to Manchin and Sinema, the group may get involved in open Senate races in Pennsylvania and Ohio in 2022. They also aren’t ruling out a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, though they are encouraged by Schumer’s bullishness so far in pushing through Biden’s big relief bill with or without Republicans….