Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) blasted President Barack Obama Tuesday night in the wake of a devastating Democratic defeat in the midterm elections.
“It doesn’t make sense that we have to fight so hard against our own government and our own administration and our President to try to find a balance,” said Manchin on MSNBC.
Manchin said West Virginians have “the perception of the government attacking them, which basically is what’s happening.”
Manchin added, “The people are speaking loud and clear. They don’t like what they’re seeing. I don’t like what I’ve been involved with the last four years and I’ve been very vocal about that.”
Manchin and fuming Democrats may be end up frustrated if they expect Obama to change in the wake of catastrophic Democratic losses.
“He doesn’t feel repudiated,” an Obama aide told the New York Times.
Still, even progressives like Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Howard Fineman say Tuesday’s GOP wave means “the Obama era is over.”