Two things: 1) Democrats in red states are not "running away" from the national party. They are representing their constituencies. I have friends who are Democratic who live in WV. They are more conservative than I am. They just are not feeling Pelosi. Not that I am feeling Pelosi. So its natural that Manchin is not feeling her either. 2) Texas Republicans are living on borrowed time. Texas is 40% Hispanic, but they just dont vote. If they decide to vote in the future, the Republicans are cooked.