Why Joe Manchin is more important to the Democrats than AOC | COMMENTARY

Here’s something you probably won’t hear from either the left or the right: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is a much more important and influential Democrat than New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or “AOC” for marketing purposes).

Just this week, Mr. Manchin did something far more consequential than anything AOC has done in her entire career. Yet everybody is paying more attention to her.

Now, when I say “everybody,” I mean almost nobody, save for the insular world of political journalists, party activists and, well, that’s about it.