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The new Lieberman?

Published by Tim McNulty on .

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Chris Cillizza at the WashPost says Joe Manchin is one of the winners coming out of the fiscal cliff crisis:

* Joe Manchin: Manchin's proposal — known as the CALM Act — to help gently avert the fiscal cliff got him some positive press amid the broadly negative coverage of Congress. Manchin also emerged as the common sense centrist of record — the role long played by retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman — during the fiscal cliff back and forth, not a bad place to be for a Democrat representing Republican-friendly West Virginia.

The praise comes on the heels of NYT front-page attention on Monday ("Something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our American economy is the American Congress") and his comments (and later backtracking) on the Newtown school massacre.

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