Joe Manchin: the conservative Democrat with leverage in a split Senate

The three-term senator’s reputation as a right-leaning Democrat means his oppositon or support can slow down legislation or open a path to it becoming law

There’s a meme going around concerning Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. It shows a futuristic city of gleaming skyscrapers and flying cars and an accompanying caption that reads something like: “West Virginia after Manchin has used all the leverage he has in the next Congress.”

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