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W.Va. lawmakers already jockeying to replace Manchin

By Aaron Blake

If you thought this West Virginia Senate special election is fun, just wait for the next one.

Gov. Joe Manchin (D) announced his candidacy for Senate Tuesday -- and immediately became a strong frontrunner -- particularly in light of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's (R) decision not to run, which she announced this morning.

A Manchin victory open up the remaining two years of his final term and lead to a series of questions about when that special gubernatorial election should be held.

Here's how it works:

West Virginia has no lieutenant governor. So if Manchin leaves his post to become the state's newest senator, state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin -- awesome name! -- would become "acting governor." That much we know.

After that, state law requires a special election to be called, but much like with the Senate seat, it's not clear when it would be held. Because of all the people who want to run for Manchin's seat and their conflicting agendas, the state legislature only bothered to change special election law for the current Senate vacancy and did nothing to change the regular special election law.

Translation: the situation is as unclear for a governor vacancy as it was for the Senate vacancy.

Tomblin has indicated he would likely call a special election for the next regularly scheduled election in 2012, which also happens to be when the seat would be up anyway. And he has every reason to want it that way. After all, he has long eyed the office and would get a leg up on the competition by spending two years doing the job he would be running for.

But if we've learned anything from the situation with the current vacancy, public opinion can be pretty persuasive, and West Virginians don't seem to like to idea of someone ascending to an important political position for a long period of time.

Combine that sentiment with the long line of lawmakers who will want to stunt Tomblin's advantage and there could be a sizable movement for another special election change -- perhaps one with more lasting consequences.

There's a long queue of Democratic lawmakers who haven't been able to run for an open governor or federal office for a long time.

When Manchin ran for the first time in 2004, he had a leg up by jumping in before then-Gov. Bob Wise (D) announced his retirement, due to an extramarital affair. Sen. Robert C. Byrd was the longest-serving senator of all time, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Reps. Nick Rahall and Alan Mollohan have held their seats for the past quarter-century-plus, so there haven't been many opportunities for ambitious politicians.

State Treasurer John Perdue has already indicated he would run in either 2011 or 2012, as have state Sens. Jeff Kessler and Brooks McCabe.

Other potential Democratic candidates include Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio and even appointed Sen. Carte Goodwin.

The names on the GOP side are basically the same as they are for the Senate race: Capito, wealthy former Senate candidate John Raese and former Secretary of State Betty Ireland.

With Capito removing herself from consideration for the Senate today, most GOP observers believe she will begin to position herself for the governor's race -- whenever it may be. Her father -- Arch Moore -- spent three terms as governor of the state and Capito would clearly be Republicans' strongest candidate.

If the special election to replace Manchin happens in 2011, it will join Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi on the ballot. In 2012, there are 11 governors races up for grabs.

By The Fix  |  July 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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Comments

The writer leaves out House Speaker Rick Thompson who has raised more money than any of the other potential candidates for a 2012 race.

Posted by: wvbluedem | July 22, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

If only Blago was born in West Virginia.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 22, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

He's always in an infantile frenzied hissy fit, Mark.

Hasn't Steele already won the worst week in washington once already? Certainly has has deserved it several times.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

We have a HYPER-RACIAL atmosphere which as been CREATED by Obama on PURPOSE in order to position the democratic party for the fall elections.

Last week, democratic operatives got the NAACP to jump into all this politically motivated frenzy.

To say that these actions, and this Obama strategy is against his 2008 campaign promises is an understatement.

This strategy is FAR outside the bounds of American politics.

It is a witchhunt - to search for racists with "hidden proxy issues" - just to rally the base for the Fall elections.

This is what Obama has been doing all along

- in South Carolina with Bill Clinton

- in that spring 2008 with Gerry Ferraro

- in his summer statement that the Republicans "haven't said anything else, but they will."


- at the end of the health care debate, when the democrats falsely tried to turn LEGITIMATE political protest into a racial incident


- and then last week with the NAACP

THIS IS A PATTERN WITH OBAMA.

It is wrong, it is vile and it is shameful.

The root cause of this HYPER-RACIAL atmosphere HAS TO BE ADDRESSED - AND IT IS OBAMA PERSONALLY.

It is time the media is honest


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Steele is obvious cannon fodder for the Worst Week in Washington.

That ammended FEC filing meant that the RNC operated at a LOSS, which is pretty hard to hide, Steele.

"Mr. Pullen's amended financial reports to the FEC show that the RNC engaged in deficit spending of $2.2 million in April and $3.7 million in May, spending more on raising money and on operating costs than it gathered in donations."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Mark


You can go back in the archives and find out - Im sure you could find hundreds of cases in which others on this blog made 11 posts in an hour and a half.


We are having a discussion - we are trying to have a reasonable discussion on the issues of the blog

At the same time, we are talking about Shirley Sherrod.

You are trying to make a hostile remark - I have to point that out


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Are eleven"...not ..."Is eleven"... .

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 21, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Is eleven [very long and off topic] posts between 12:25PM and 3:05 PM a record frenzy?

I did not read a word of them so if "WV" or "Manchin" or any relevant word was contained, I apologize for having jumped to a conclusion.

The depth of the D bench and the proclivity of WV to vote D in other than presidential elections always surprises me. Coal is the issue that unites and divides, I suspect. BHO's antipathy toward a coal based economy will never make him popular in WV, even among black union coal miners, I suspect.

Unfortunately, coal is not clean but it is cheap and plentiful in Appalachia. So that region will be pitted against the rest of the nation in one respect; a paramount respect for WV pols. No WV D will ever be for a carbon tax, or for cap-and-trade.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 21, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"I think it is also the last straw for Steele."

Early contender for worst week in wash?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 21, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"I think it is also the last straw for Steele."

Early contendor for worst week in wash?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 21, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

That story about the RNC obscuring over 7 million in debt makes interesting reading, even if it is in the Washignton Times:

"In the memo, Mr. Pullen reiterated his concern that "fundraising has been falling well short of budgeted numbers," and that he began reviewing the committee's finances when he noticed increases in cash on hand each month despite the drop-off.

"The explanation for this was the RNC was doing a great job of controlling expenses. This on the surface seemed reasonable; however, I reviewed April and May check registers in May and noted what seemed to be an increasing number of invoices with dates from prior months," he wrote.

Mr. Pullen said that Mr. Leavitt, acting on orders from Mr. Steele, tried to limit his access to the unreported past-due bills that the RNC owes for goods and services by barring staff members from providing him any information unless approved by the chairman.

According to Mr. Pullen, he complained and Mr. Steele then allowed the information to flow."

No wonder they have hired a big legal gun for the situation. Ths could result in significant fines that would sap the RNC at a bad time. I think it is also the last straw for Steele.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/20/rnc-fails-to-report-to-fec-7-million-in-debt/?page=1

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The heart of the Shirley Sherrod situation goes DIRECTLY to Obama's strategy for the Fall elections.


That is why the White House is so embarassed

And why Gibbs is so tongue-tied.

Obama's fall strategy - to create a racially-charged atmosphere in order to energize his base - is FLAWED, It is wrong, shameful and vile.

It is that clear and simple -

It is PRECISELY THIS STRATEGY OF PURPOSELY CREATING A RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE - AND THEN DRAGGING THE NAACP INTO IT - which is what should be examined here.

That is Obama's situation right now - what Gibbs' problem is right now.

The media should go directly to this heart of the issue.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler


I have been pointing out the bad behavior on this blog for a long time.


In the midst of all of that - to try to fault someone who is trying to break through all the hostility and bad behavior - is just wrong.


I broke through the garbage of the gang of lefists - and get a message up - CLEAR AND SIMPLE.

The leftists on this board were upset because they were unable to control the message -

They were upset because another message was getting through.


Sorry - that is the truth.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler


I have been pointing out the bad behavior on this blog for a long time.


In the midst of all of that - to try to fault someone who is trying to break through all the hostility and bad behavior - is just wrong.


I broke through the garbage of the gang of lefists - and get a message up - CLEAR AND SIMPLE.

The leftists on this board were upset because they were unable to control the message -

They were upset because another message was getting through.


Sorry - that is the truth.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler


I called Chris two years ago to voice extreme concerns about what was going on in this blog.


There was a team of leftists shouting everyone down - every comment - minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour.

YES - and I have been making comments to people to tone down their attitudes and comments - probably about a hundred

I have made SCORES of comments to you to clean up your act as well.

To single me out - after that two year history - is RIDICULOUS.

And again - there are about a dozen leftists here who deserve to be banned.

The rules need to be applied equally.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If you voted for Obama in 2008, you may want to Google DCCC and DSCC right now.

Then encourage your friends to vote in this fall's supposedly non-Presidential election, because the presidency is actually riding on it.

Posted by: paul65 | July 21, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The Shirley Sherrod situation is what should be discussed right now

Obama's INTENTIONAL tactics to create a RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE have clearly led to this mess.

Obama and his people should be HONEST ABOUT THAT.

THROWING THE NAACP into the mix last week was wrong, shameful and vile.

There are CLEAR BOUNDS in American politics - which Obama has been breaking for a long time now.


The media has PURPOSEFULLY ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN - SEE THE DAILY CALLER AND THAT CONSPIRACY.

Obama has PURPOSEFULLY CREATED A RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE IN THIS COUNTRY - all for political gain running up to the November elections.

This is a pattern on the part of Obama - as outlined in an earlier post at 12:25.


This is an embarassment - the media should be honest enough to go DIRECTLY TO THE ROOT OF THIS SITUATION.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler


Your calculations are twisted because the leftists are playing games to make people look bad -


If you look back - the leftist were far DOMINATING this board - and harassing people to leave

So - you - by far the WORST OFFENDER of them all - have nothing to stand on.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

You called Cillizza, 37th? Did whining on his voicemail give you satisfaction?

Do you think posting the exact same junk 501 times is going to make a difference where 500 time didn't?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

12Bar

Like I have said several times - what is the definition of "spam"


Without a doubt - under ANY definition - drinl, noacoloer, ddawd, broadway and many others would fall under that definition, and have to be banned as well.


My defense has always been - if these people have been allowed to do what they have been doing for years, how am I supposed to know it was wrong ?

Meanwhile the rules actually focus on the name-calling, the hostile attitudes and the sterotyping - which others have gleefully been engaging in on a daily basis.

Sorry, but the sterotyping of the Tea Party is a CLEAR CRIME in the rules - nothing has ever been done about that.

Sorry - 12bar - but the PARTISAN LYNCH MOB is just shameful, wrong and hostile - the whole gang should have been banned for attempting to intimidate the Washington Post into doing what they wanted.


Let's see the rule - let them be specific so people have a chance to follow them.

AND if there are 8 or 10 leftists on here jumping all over everyone, the conservatives SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO RESPOND.

And that is EXACTLY what has been happening - it has been provoked - I called Chris to complain about this - nothing has been done.

To blame me after what has been going on here for over two years - is just ridiculous.

AND to give the leftists another reason to show their HOSTILITY is just the wrong road to go down as well.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Once again more than half the posts and almost all the vertical space are taken up by the same two Nuzis.

Delayed, huh? Let me guess again. CC took the delivery commitment date for the new software as the rollout date. And either the software was delayed, or it came on time and it doesn't work.

As if we need it. As if he couldn't just bring up the admin console for the blog, call up the user list, check a few boxes:

X bumblingberry
X present_and_unaccounted_for
X YouCanPostThis
X Dead_and_Barryd

.. and click Delete.

But that's just **too hard** and anyway they'll **just come back**

(spits)

Cue the "I don't see why you come back when you don't like it here" dodge.

Yeah, the real problem here isn't spamming, gollygoshno, the real problem here is **personal attacks** and **incivility**, I mean, everyone know that polite and civil conservation is the norm for political blogs, right?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"Yeah, Chris, what the hell? What did you mean by short delay? I figured it meant a few hours."


My guess is the fix was burned by the technologists who perhaps overlooked something that complicated the move to production. I say that as a technologist who, of course, has never, ever burned the business side by missing a critical variable.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 21, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Pol Pot, stalin and hitler show up to protest human rights.

similarly, the most egergious offenders of intelligence and wit protest other posters.

It seems clear to all but the self confessed awareness-challenged that the root of the problem is, as it has always been, the trilogy of terror known as Drivl, the Pedant and Ddunce, a miracle in low functioning IQ. (apologies to the imbecilic Baghdad BJ and Loud and Dumb).

Now these dysfuncional loons have apparantly driven everyone away for a while, as usual.

We now return to our usual programming, drivl carpet posting hate, The Pedant complaining about the unfair treatment and Ddunce wondering why air is clear and other important questions.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse"

So the slackjawed inbread drooler has already re-up'd under another idiotic name. At least CC should be able to prescreen this loser's garbage posts under the new rules. If he re-up'd before the new rules took effect, I hope CC bans him so he can be subject to pre-screening.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 21, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

CC: please ban YouCanPostThis so when he re-ups under a new name you can pre-screen his garbage.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 21, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The Shirley Sherrod story is what all the leftists are running from


Clearly - it is the RACIALLY CHARGED ATMOSPHERE which OBAMA HAS PURPOSELY CREATED which is at the root of this entire story.

I have posted earlier 5 instances in an earlier post at 12:25 in which Obama has turned to FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM to help his political standing.

At every low point, we seem to get false charges of racism out of Obama and his people.


That is the root cause of the Shirley Sherrod story.

Obama is afraid of this story - because this story EXPOSES WHAT OBAMA HAS BEEN DOING.

Getting the NAACP to jump in and join in on the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM is just wrong, vile and shameful.

Simple clear -

And the media has been allowing all of this to go on for over two years now -


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the delicious irony:

You Can Spam It, formerly known as the 37th, CAN'T understand the rules. Poor baby.

BUT, he can understand the rules just fine when he wants to ban everyone else.

Oh, spam-man, hear that clock ticking? Tick tock tick tock tick tock.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Bobby WC


The best thing you can do to improve this blog is be honest.


Don't post any more deceptions and lies - which in turn provoke a response and necessitate you being called out.

The you complain when you are called out and embarassed on a regular basis.

Sorry - but stop complaining.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

ddawd

If the rules were applied equally, you would be banned too.


Instead of recognizing that reality, you complain and complain and complain.


And you continue to demonstrate extreme hostility toward other posters.


drinl - the original carpet poster - one who made everyone else think that it was OK to do that.


Your attitude now is - you haven't carpet posted today, so it is OK for you to start complaining about everyone else.


How silly are the attitudes of both of you ?

You all are acting like children - and it is an outrage.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

once again, dead blog.

so much for change.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

ddawd


You have violated the terms of service on this blog too.

You are not lilly white either.

Your constant posting has harassed many many people on this blog -

The organizing and asking people to contact Chris was wrong too - you are trying to get your version enforced here.


You astroturfed Chris and you astroturfed the paper - that is wrong.

The whole episode adds up to harassment of other posters - you should be banned too.


The totality of your postings should be a basis for you being banned as well - two years ago in particular you were constantly harassing people on this blog.

So your attitude is quite outrageous.

Stop being hostile to other people - the hostile attitude you had two years ago has not changed - and you continue your hostile attitude today.

The whole boycott and contacting and urging other posters to join the boycott - and to contact Chris and harass Chris - all that is HOSTILE ACTIVITY AS WELL.

ddawd - all you have done is vent out your hostile attitude.

Therefore, you should be BANNED FOREVER.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Pol Pot, stalin and hitler show up to protest human rights.

similarly, the most egergious offenders of intelligence and wit protest other posters.

It seems clear to all but the self confessed awareness-challenged that the root of the problem is, as it has always been, the trilogy of terror known as Drivl, the Pedant and Ddunce, a miracle in low functioning IQ. (apologies to the imbecilic Baghdad BJ and Loud and Dumb).

Now these dysfuncional loons have apparantly driven everyone away for a while, as usual.

We now return to our usual programming, drivl carpet posting hate, The Pedant complaining about the unfair treatment and Ddunce wondering why air is clear and other important questions.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 21, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Change has come to the Fix comments section!
Update: Change takes time.

See you then!

Posted by: shrink2"

Yeah, Chris, what the hell? What did you mean by short delay? I figured it meant a few hours.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

bsimon shoots ... he scores!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 21, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Between the endless hate pastes from zouk's parade of monikers and 37th's towering babble, discussion is impossible. Merely censoring personal attacks won't change anything. This sort of spam has to be stopped.

As long as it's right wing, I doubt it will be.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I see the two rightwing obsessed, mentally ill welfare recipients still are spamming this blog, so the Fix is still dead.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

In WV, the State Senate President is the Lt. Governor.
It says Lt. Governor right on Earl Ray Tomblin's desk.

Posted by: jeremybozz | July 21, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I do my best to enjoy your blog - for me blogs work best when the poster extends your discussion - the direction is unimportant - it is about the sharing of ideas.

But Chris with Dead, 37th in his many personalities and drindl it is impossible to enjoy your blog.

I realize it is a lot easier running a local blog using my standards - but you have to put an end to the deads, 37th's and drindls

I hate staying away but this endles nonsense is more than any reasonable person looking for an exchange of diverse ideas can stand.

I do hope you succeed in finding a solution to these obfuscators

Posted by: bobbywc | July 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Change has come to the Fix comments section!
Update: Change takes time.

See you then!

Posted by: shrink2 | July 21, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

When drivl rules your blog:

Advocacy journalism has traveled a long from the posturing of a Walter Cronkite pretending to be your favorite uncle, to Keith Olbermann mimicking him with spittle flecked rants about the “Worst Person in the World”. Dan Rather’s takedown marked the end of the news broadcast. MSNBC and FOX are the logical result of cable news networks surviving by finding a political demographic and catering to them. But what works for FOX and MSNBC won’t work nearly as well for media outlets that depended on a general cross-section of readers and viewers, rather than on preaching to the choir.

And that is the irony of advocacy journalism, whose politics helped kill their own jobs. Media arrogance and entitlement polarized media coverage at a time when media outlets had to make a compelling case why their readers should support them. And so they did. They made a compelling case to liberal readers, and told everyone else to take a hike. The result is all around us. The jobs of a small media elite will be preserved, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of jobs, from the circulation department to production assistants, from producers to designers, from delivery truck drivers to ordinary hard working reporters who legitimately covered non-glamorous events. Their jobs have had to die, so that a few thousand angry liberals will be able to keep on ranting on the websites that will be all that remain of once great newspapers and publications.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 21, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that EVERYTIME Obama gets himself into trouble he starts calling people RACIST.


This is a PATTERN - and it is vile.


In the South Carolina primary, it was Bill Clinton - Obama was called out by Tim Russert at a debate.


Later that spring, it was Gerry Ferraro - a convenient false racial incident to push Obama ahead.


In the summer, Obama called the Republicans all racist - Obama said "they haven't said anything yet, but they will."


Then after the health care debate - the nation witnessed a CLEAR attempt to turn a legitimate political protest into a racial incident - complete with deceptions and lies.


Now we have the NAACP resolution - at another time when Obama is down in the polls -


This is another attempt to use false RACIST charges to ramp up the racially charged atmosphere - ALL FOR POLITICAL BENEFIT.


It is extremely important to point out that the goal of racial progress is NOT behind any of this - the objective is to shore up Obama's political standing.


So, we have an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GUY - who when he is doing a horrible job, and things are not going well, RESORTING to false racist charges -


AND PURPOSELY CREATING A HIGHLY CHARGED RACIAL ATMOSPHERE.

This behavior has to be called out.


This behavior is shameful, vile and has no place in America.


It is a witchhunt - it is searching to label someone for something that really has not been done.


This time, Shirley Sherrod was the person caught in all of this.


BUT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IS OBAMA - AND WHAT HE IS DOING ON PURPOSE - OBAMA'S TACTICS.


The NAACP jumped onto this last week - that did not help and those actions were wrong. What was said in the speeches at that Convention was wrong too.


The democrats and the media have a chance right now TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE AND TURN AWAY FROM THESE VILE TACTICS -


This has to be done - Obama has to be called out - because these tactics will only continue -


This nation will only CONTINUE TO ENDURE THESE CONTRIVED RACIAL INCIDENTS - RIGHT UP UNTIL THE 2012 ELECTION.


This is shameful - this is vile - the democrats and the media KNOW what is going on and they should be honest.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Bob Wise (D) announced his retirement, due to an extramarital affair...what a dope, he could have switched parties and joined the C Street crew.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 21, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Administration is a major reason why the media has become dumber lately
The Obama Administration is a major reason why the media has become dumber lately. Where attacking Bush gave the media a challenge, the Obama Administration leaves them with nothing to do except praise the Beloved Leader and condemn his critics as ignorant racists who hate America. Being an assassin requires more brains than being a herald, and much as the media struggles against it, their only function anymore is to blow the trumpet and repeat what they’ve been told to say, off the record, by their contacts in the White House.

While the media tries to paint the Tea Party protesters as extensions of the Republican party, it is actually they who have become extensions of the Democratic party. By advocating a polar political agenda, the media has come to be identified with liberalism, and with the country’s primary liberal party. Distrusted by much of the country, yet taken for granted by the ruling political elite in Washington D.C., the media is reaching the end of the road. As the media organizations that employ them are becoming financially unsustainable, the ranks of reporters that came out of college firmly believing that their mission was to politically indoctrinate Americans are realizing that they are nothing more than bloggers working for dinosaur media outlets.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 21, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"When Manchin ran for the first time in 2004, he had a leg up by jumping in before then-Gov. Bob Wise (D) announced his retirement, due to an extramarital affair. Sen. Robert C. Byrd was the longest-serving senator of all time, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Reps. Nick Rahall and Alan Mollohan have held their seats for the past quarter-century-plus, so there haven't been many opportunities for ambitious politicians"


WV should just call off regularly scheduled elections as moot in an effort to save money. The incumbents hold their seats until forced out by scandal, promotion or the undertaker, so why bother?


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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 21, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

'Republican vision' -- if ever there was an oxymoron that would be it. Along with 'Republican family values.' That one actually makes me laugh out loud.

Posted by: drindl | July 21, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Our liberal hero, the prize winning poodle:

The ENQUIRER reports in an exclusive bombshell exclusive that police have investigated charges from TWO MORE WOMEN who claimed they were abused by former VP AL GORE! The allegations come hot on the heels of an ongoing Portland, Ore., police investigation that reopened after The ENQUIRER exclusively revealed accusations by a licensed massage therapist who says Gore groped her in 2006. The ENQUIRER recently uncovered shocking allegations, from two other massage therapists. The first incident allegedly took place at a Beverly Hills luxury hotel when Gore, 62, was in Hollywood to attend the Oscars in 2007.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 21, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Capito will almost certainly be the Republican nominee for Governor whenever the special election takes place. I am surprised she didn't run for Senate, but it must be that she's eyeing Charleston instead of the upper chamber in DC. Being part of the US Senate going back & forth with the Obama Administration, Democrats & Republicans would get a little unproductive and old. When you can run for Governor and try to implement her vision for the state of WV, Capito may think that's a more attractive option right now. I don't blame her if she does. Whomever the D nominee is, I think Capito begins the race as the front runner.

Posted by: reason5 | July 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

So the people are tired of the same old politicians but the Repubs best chance in WV is the daughter of a former governor?

Nothing ever changes

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Well it looks like a better situation than in that other state with no lieutenant governor. More proof Obama is responsible for all that is wrong anywhere: Jan Brewer.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The WVa special election WAS interesting, but now it's pretty anticlimactic given that the race probably won't even be competitive unless Andrew Brietbart decides to doctor video footage of Manchin or something.

Who are the main players in deciding when the election would be held? For the Senate, it was the Governor, AG and SecState. I'm guessing those same people will be involved this time around?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

public opinion can be pretty persuasive?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 21, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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