In the wake of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's shocking move to leave the Democratic Party, some Republicans are pushing for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to follow suit.
Sinema, Arizona's first Democratic senator since Dennis DeConcini, revealed her decision to leave the party in an op-ed published by The Arizona Republic on Friday, citing the "political extremes and forged consensus" of partisan politics.
But with a narrow 51-49 majority for Democrats, a number of Republicans are advocating that Manchin make the jump as well. Such a move might flip the Senate's balance, barring that Sinema reneges on her plan to still caucus blue.
"If you look at the big issues (LGBT, immigration, economy, etc), ... Sinema is well to the left of the political center," noted Ben Kew, editor-at-large of El American. "The fact that she no longer identifies with the Democratic Party tells you everything you need to know about how radical it has become. Manchin next?"
Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza floated a similar wish on Twitter: "Joe Manchin is next, except he should go the whole hog and become a Republican."
The West Virginia senator has been hounded by top Republicans numerous times in the past. Just last year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he lobbied for Manchin to join the conference after he voted against the Build Back Better Act.
"No wonder why Joe Manchin is uncomfortable on the Democratic side. ... He would be a lot more comfortable on our side," the Kentucky Republican suggested, admitting that he doesn't "expect this to happen."
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