Color me highly skeptical, but I’ll offer it for what it’s worth:
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for President Barack Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In a statement Friday, Manchin said he has real differences with both Obama and Romney. He also said many West Virginians believe the last 3 ½ years have not been good.
Manchin has a reputation as a little bit of a maverick, but his American Conservative Union rating for 2011 is still only 15 (out of a possible 100). Yes, he voted against things like the EPA regulating so-called “greenhouse gases” (S493) but he also voted with the Obamacrats on things like the ObamaCare repeal (S223), and funding for Planned Parenthood abortions (H. Con. Res. 36), so he’s not as much a maverick as people seem to believe.
It seems more likely to me that he made the statement above mostly to burnish his “maverick” reputation and perhaps to get his name in the media again.
However, it is indicative of how low Obama has sunk that this even occurred to Manchin.