Guy Benson
Suggested new John Raese campaign slogan: "Vote Raese--Because the Senate doesn't need another John Kerry."  Behold Manchin's Kerryesque, addled quasi flip-flop on Obamacare:

Manchin endorsed President Obama's efforts on landmark health care reform and voiced support for the bill before and after its passage in March. Now, just five weeks away from a tougher Senate race than he expected against Republican John Raese, the governor said in an interview with RealClearPolitics that he supports many basic components of the law but volunteered that some of it needs to be repealed.

"I believe in health care reform. I don't believe in the way this bill was passed," Manchin said Sunday afternoon. "Why they overreached, I don't know."

Pressed on his support for repeal, Manchin clarified that he favored "repealing the things that are bad in that bill."

Summary: Joe Manchin was for Obamacare, before he wanted to partially repeal it, or something.

UPDATE: Fun fact -- Kerry's infamous 2004 war funding flip-flop took place in.....West Virginia.



Guy Benson

Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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