NEW: Dem senators have grown weary of their colleague, whose vote they cannot live without —but whose regular chats with GOP leader Mitch McConnell leave them concerned he could switch parties & take away their slim hold on power. @LisaMascaro & me https://t.co/pNuneKj35s
— Farnoush Amiri (@FarnoushAmiri) December 17, 2021
While the tweet teaser from the AP reporter noted that Democrats were worried that all of Manchin’s machinations to date are calculated moves that will eventually lead to him doing what to the left would be the “unthinkable,” that intriguing bit of information didn’t make it into the article. What did make it in, however, was a cliffhanger quote of sorts at the very end from Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on his prior private conversations with Manchin about making the switch:
Manchin met with McConnell on Thursday, as they often do.
“As you know, he likes to talk,” the Republican leader told reporters. “It would not surprise you to know that I’ve suggested for years it would be a great idea, representing a deep red state like West Virginia, for him to come over to our side.”
McConnell added, “I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”