Manchin Is Sueing Biden!

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Senator Joe Manchin (DWV) is proving to be a thorn in President Bidens side. Manchins recent threats to sue the Biden Treasury Department if they dont implement the revised electric vehicle tax credit as he believes they agreed to do is just the latest example of Manchins defiance of the Democratic party. Manchin, the chief author of the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes provisions to reduce the dependency on China for critical minerals, was angered by the Treasurys delay in releasing guidance on what manufacturers must do to comply with the laws requirements.

Manchins objections may be more farreaching than just the electric vehicle tax credit. It appears that he may be trying to position himself for a 2024 presidential run. He hasnt answered questions about his presidential ambitions yet, but his recent actions suggest he may be looking to distance himself from the Biden administration. This is evidenced by his blocking of Biden nominees, including Gigi Sohns nomination for the Federal Communications Commission and Interior Department nominee Laura DanielDavis.

Manchins actions are indicative of a larger problem within the Democratic party. Biden and his progressive allies have been pushing the party to the left and Manchins opposition is a sign that they may not be able to take the party that far. Manchins willingness to go against his party and his displeasure with the administrations policies could make him a viable presidential candidate in 2024. He is already popular in his home state of West Virginia and his centrist views could appeal to disenchanted Democrats who are looking for a candidate who isnt too far to the left.

If he does decide to run for president in 2024, he could be a formidable opponent. He has already proven his willingness to go against his party and his opposition to the administrations policies could make him a strong candidate.