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Running against Capito, Obama

January 21, 2013

So, who’s going to be the sacrificial candidate? That’s the question of the day, in the wake of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s announcement he will not seek re-election in 2014....

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denver

Jan-21-13 5:22 AM

I love my state, but when it comes to politics, we're in some sort of weird bubble, out of step with the rest of the nation. West Virginians despise President Obama. He's black, He is perceived to be some sort of a wild-eyed Marxist, which is false. Finally, "yellow journalists" like Mike Myer, and liars like republican Congressman McKinley have convinced everyone that the President hates us and our way of life through articles and op.ed.s promoting the "fantasy war on coal." AND NOW GUNS!

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JaneDough

Jan-21-13 8:38 AM

Hill Jacks are easy to persuade. Especially when you can't go into a doctor office, or anywhere there's a public television without being bombarded with Faux news.

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slingblade

Jan-22-13 10:02 AM

WV is unique for sure...having been born/raised in WV then moving to MD 10 years ago, there is a major difference between a WV dem and a MD dem..I would paint WV'ians for the most part as hard working independent people who are not comfortable with rapid change (which is all good in my book), they are beginning to realize the WV GOP party in more in line with their ideology than the WV dem party. Make no mistake, WV is very low on Obama's totem pole. I have been registered republican and recently changed to libertarian, I believe in freedom, free market, and I believe people will rise to the challege..there is a difference in helping somebody who cannot help theirself vs. helping somebody who chooses to not help theirself.

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Suttle

Jan-22-13 10:21 PM

What has Rep. Capito done to earn the U.S. Senate seat that is now being vacated by Sen. Rockerfeller? I can not think of one job or business that she has brought to this state. Obamacare will be far more beneficial to the average West Virginian, especially for those who have children or have pre-existing medical conditions which many West Virginians have as matter of record. The future of coal is in the hands of Wall Street and investors. The reality is that appalachian coal is too expensive and too dirty to generate electricity vs. natural gas. West Virginians must face this fact and deal with it...The next Senator should have a vision for the West Virginia of tomorrow. What will West Virginia of ten years from now look like for our jobs...our health...our children's education? Does Capito have a vision for our future or will she just represent the interests of the rich ending Social Security and Medicare?

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jbennett

Jan-23-13 6:49 AM

Capito has been like a "Chatty Cathy", Pull her string and she will say only what her leaders have programed her to say. She lacks leadership a doesn't help anyone but her rich supporters. You need another "blue dog" like you have now in the other senate seat. At least he works for the best interest of all WV.

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stupendousman

Jan-25-13 7:16 AM

"'yellow journalists' ... have convinced everyone that the President hates us and our way of life through articles and op.ed.s promoting the "fantasy war on coal." AND NOW GUNS!"

Actually, the President has done so himself via his words and actions. He promised to bankrupt the coal industry, and he's on his way to doing it. Solution to crazy people? Start confiscating their guns and making it harder for law abiding citizens to own them.

I don't think that the state necessarily has moved towards the state GOP - we're still a strong Democrat state. It's just that the national Democrat party has moved so far away from the mainstream, and the values West Virginians have, that the GOP starts looking like a reasonable alternative. The Democrat party has no one to blame but themselves. You can pursue policies that go over like gangbusters in San Francisco and think you're going to get support from people in West Virginia. It just doesn't work that way.

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stupendousman

Jan-25-13 7:18 AM

" Obamacare will be far more beneficial to the average West Virginian"

Only those getting it for free because Obama put them out of work in the coal mines. Everyone else will have to pay more to get less. No great bargain, there!

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stupendousman

Jan-25-13 7:43 AM

Also, the problem with having another "blue dog" is that the current one seems to be getting more "blue" every minute he spends in Washington. When a WV politico comes out in favor of any kind of national gun ban, you now the "jig is up." He might face a challenger next election supported by the NRA, and West Viriginia sportsmen.

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Ithink

Jan-25-13 11:32 AM

JaneDough is Lily.

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Ithink

Jan-25-13 11:33 AM

And is Lily also Jean?

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