Listen now (2 min) | Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. Sen. Joe Manchin – a one-man political steamroller in Washington – is a Democrat. Except when he’s not, which is most of the time. A multimillionaire, West Virginia coal executive, he’s the darling of fossil fuel and pipeline lobbyists, as well as Republican opponents of progressive Democratic policies. Indeed, he’s funded by Republican billionaires.