CHARLES Krauthammer is a psychiatrist, Fox News contributor and newspaper columnist. On Tuesday, Krauthammer tried to add another occupation to his list: recruiter.
During a panel discussion on Tuesday, Krauthammer turned to Sen. Joe Manchin and asked: "Why don't you 'fess up and become a Republican?"
The West Virginia Democrat would no more switch parties than he would begin to root for Pitt, but he took the offer as a compliment.
"I'm centrist, as about as centrist as you can get," Manchin said. "I'm very fiscally responsible and conservative. I'm socially compassionate. And I don't always go to the bottom line. I always root for the underdog. So, whatever that makes me, that's what I am."
Republicans worried that Manchin would become Washington Joe if elected and while he continues to schmooze, he's actually making Washington more like Joe, working with:
n Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on gun legislation.
n Sens. Burr, R-N.C., Coburn, R-Okla., Alexander, R-Tenn., and King, I-Maine, on student loan legislation.
n A host of Republicans to head off a war in
n Susan Collins, R-Maine, on avoiding default.
n Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on consumer credit
n Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., on an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes coal.
That shows two things. One, Manchin is willing to work with Republicans. Two, many Republicans are willing to work with him.
The nation might be better off if he stayed Democratic and ran for president. We've done worse, especially the last two.
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