Attack on Manchin Absurd on Its Face

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. is being targeted by a fiercely, irrationally partisan attack in the lead-up to the Nov. 6 election.

Obviously, the assault by a political action committee is intended to convince some West Virginia voters Manchin is not being tough enough on the nation’s enemies.

That simply is not true.

Nearly a month ago, the Senate voted on an amendment proposing to cut off U.S. foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan. The measure’s handful of supporters believe regimes in those countries are not supporting the United States in its battle against terrorists.

Manchin voted against the amendment, and is being criticized for that in Internet advertising being run by a PAC organized by Sen. Ron Paul, R-Ky.

But Manchin was right to vote against the measure. Several days ago, in a highly unusual act, a Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, publicly came to Manchin’s defense.

But the attack continued. That prompted another staunch Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, to tell reporters this week that Manchin was right.

In fact, as we have noted previously, 80 other senators – including 30 Republicans – voted the same way as Manchin.

West Virginians should not be swayed by the PAC attack on Manchin. As conservatives have pointed out, it is absurd to claim Manchin is not conservative on national security. And making the claim against Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill, is laughable to West Virginians who know their senator.