This time the excuse is being used by recently elected Joe Manchin (D-WVa). He explained his absence when the DREAM Act and DADT bills came up for a vote in the Senate as having to attend a family Christmas party that was planned a year ago. Really? That excuse didn’t work too well for Obama when he ceded the podium at the presser to Bill Clinton. How do you feel about that cowardice, West Virginians?