One of the last of the conservative Southern Democrats evaluates candidates by a new standard: not by what’s good for the party, nor what’s supposed to be best for the whole Empire, but instead what’s best for the people of his State:
Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, declined over the weekend to endorse Barack Obama for a second term for president or Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Senate majority leader in interviews with Politics Daily….
“I’ll support the person who supports West Virginia,” Manchin told me when I asked if he would vote for Reid as Senate leader. When I asked if Harry Reid supports West Virginia, Manchin repeated, “I’m going to support the person who supports West Virginia and I’m not going to support the person who doesn’t support West Virginia.”
The increasingly disconnected, quarreling peoples in all 50 States can no longer accept a uniform “single best way” to govern themselves. As in the Old Soviet Union, secession is emerging as the only possible path, and more people, including pundits and politicians, are realizing that.