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Right call in filling West Virginia seat

While I was worrying about Gov. Linda Lingle’s stupefying veto of civil unions in Hawaii and this week's political opinions quiz, democracy broke out in West Virginia. State Attorney General Darrell McGraw (D) issued an advisory opinion that said Gov. Joe Manchin (D) has the legal authority to call a special election for this November to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D). Manchin says he will.

This is a terrific outcome -- and far preferable to the people of West Virginia being represented in Washington for the next two years by someone chosen by the governor and not by them. With this ruling, Manchin can now run for the post, which he told Politico's Ben Smith is "highly likely."

There are still some hurdles involved in getting this special election off the ground. As described by the Charleston Daily Mail, McGraw's opinion stipulates that “First, voters should pick party nominees in a primary election. Then, they should return to the polls to decide whom the state ultimately sends to Washington.” What it does not say is how or when this should take place. The politicians will figure that one out. And then voters can figure out whom to send to Washington.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 9, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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Why would you be in favor of having a democratic election? isn't this what you criticize Linda Lingle for? Isn't this election violating the rights of a minority (e.g., the person who would have been appointed Senator for the two-year term)?

Face it, capehart is a hypocrite.

Posted by: alvint | July 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Right Call? The West Virgina Constitution specifies how to fill the seat. Anyone with half a brain knows the seat became vacant with more than two and a half years left in the term.

I also find it strange that Capehart is cheering a vacant DEMOCRATIC senate seat. Going to be harder to cram Obamas agenda through before November.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | July 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

As a West Virginian, I hope the special election is held in November. If that is the case, Obama will have to do without a rubber stamp vote for his liberal socialist agenda until the TEA Party unseats a large number of his drones. I have never seen a president of this country defend foreign invaders over American citizens as he is doing in Arizona. I have never seen a president that is so nuts he directs NASA to put interfacing with and helping all the Muslim countries with math and science. Our schools don't even do that for our own children. Most, not all, of the Muslim countries are our enemies and hate Americans, so Obama is aiding and abetting the enemies of the USA. Thank God Senator Byrd is not there to help Obama and Harry Reid further their agenda. The 10 poorest major cities in the USA have been run by Democrats for years and they continue to fail each year. The working people in these cities continue to vote for Democrats at every election. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time.

Posted by: good_angel | July 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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