Jimmy Carter says he would be “comfortable” with a Mitt Romney presidency, although he still expects President Barack Obama to win re-election in the fall.” Carter went on to compliment Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, as “a good solid family man and so forth.” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is leaving open the possibility he might not vote to give President Obama a second term, making him the only Democratic senator to stake such a claim. Manchin lashed out at Obama’s budget in March, arguing that it fell short of what the country needed to do to rein in its debt and spending. The same month, he voted with Republicans on Sen. Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) amendment on contraception coverage. These are two examples of why Democrats have been unable to accomplish their goals instead of bonding with President Obama to achieve their agenda, members of the Democratic Party are willing to cut and run. Where else except politics is this considered an option. What if wide receivers for the N.Y. Giants decided they preferred to catch the football from the N.Y. Jets quarterback because they liked his style better? You don’t abandon your own team …you resolve your differences from within and move forward.
Publicly denouncing your own party is only reinforcing the polarization of the nation that already exists. President Carter seems somewhat confused regarding the Romney agenda. Romney is certainly not an advocate for the poor stating that they have a “safety net” insinuating that gov’t programs such as food stamps or welfare is a satisfactory resolution for the working poor or unemployed. How can Carter be an avid supporter of “Habitat for Humanity” and assume that Romney, who shows little empathy for the poor would not only help eliminate “Habitat”, but also under Paul Ryan’s budget plan would extract funds from veterans, education, medicaid and anything else that assists citizens in need. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), claims to be in opposition to President Obama because he didn’t “rein in debt and spending”. Was he voicing those same concerns as Gov. of W. Va. when President Bush was allowing spending to escalate out of control with the Iraq war and expansive defense contracts? Since W. VA. is one of the poorest states in the nation, Sen. Manchin should be more focused on the current needs of his constituents such as jobs and education. If he feels the need to support Republican agendas he should switch parties.