I get it Joe. You're worried that you might lose your job if you do the right thing. You're worried that the voters in West Virginia would toss you out of your cushy job and your space at the feeding trough. Maybe they would. Maybe they wouldn't. Have you lost that much faith in yourself as a campaigner and communicator?
I get that you're all wrapped up in being a $enator. You identify your whole essence with your position, maybe even more than who you are. Which do you value more? Right now, it looks like just being a $enator is more important to you than your soul or saving the country from the totalitarian dictates of the Putin and Trump-led Republican Party. Free elections, equality and better physical and economic health for all, who cares, right?
But sometimes, there is a thing called being a profile in courage. Is your position really more important to you than saving democracy? Yes, it's easy to say that many, maybe most politicians are wolves in sheep's clothing. That's a big part of the game, isn't it? But few have ever found themselves at such a crucial crossroads in history, and that goes for your colleague from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema. Sometimes things really are a life or death matter, for 10s X 10s of millions. Others before you have risked their careers in politics to do the right thing. Whether or not you do will say everything about how people remember you. What's it gonna be, Joe? What's it gonna be?
Maybe it's just, "Frankly, America, I don't give a damn!"