Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia set the political world ablaze this week with the news – swiftly denied, it should be said – that he’s considering leaving the Democratic Party.

To repeat, he denies it, in no uncertain terms. But the reality is that any Democrat representing a state Donald Trump won by almost 39 percentage points in 2020, and who’s at odds with his party’s base on several different fronts, has to have given at least some consideration to leaving the party. In truth, Manchin should take a good hard look at it.