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In Obama’s America, Democrats Turning Republican - A West Virginia state senator leaves the...
National Review Online ^ | August 1, 2013 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 08/01/2013 1:04:20 PM PDT by neverdem

A West Virginia state senator leaves the Democratic party.

In West Virginia, a fed-up Democratic state senator is changing parties — and hoping to represent his state in Congress.

State senator Evan Jenkins is done with President Obama’s vision for America. “The Obama agenda has become crystal clear,” he says, pointing to the president’s support for “immigration reform that includes amnesty provisions” as well as “his limitations on our constitutional rights relating to gun ownership,” “his environmental agenda, which spells the end of coal and coal jobs,” and “the government takeover of health care.”

“Those are issues and positions that I just simply won’t embrace,” Jenkins adds, “and the Republican party is much more aligned with how I feel on the issues and priorities.”

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Artur Davis, a former Alabama Democratic congressman who became a Republican last year and now lives in Virginia, sees Jenkins as part of a larger trend, one that the mainstream media are generally ignoring.

“It happens all the time in these more conservative states,” Davis says of Democrats becoming Republicans. “The reality is that the press rarely notes it.”

“In the state of Alabama, something like thirteen to fourteen elected Democrats have switched parties since 2010,” he continues. “The Alabama Republican-party chairman was telling me last year that at one point virtually every white Democrat in the Alabama legislature had reached out to them, with one or two exceptions,” to discuss switching to the GOP.

Davis says that while party-switching is a “very common event” in the Deep South, “it only gets national attention, frankly, when it’s an African American, because that tends to be an unusual event, or when someone is entering a political race” for a different office than the one he currently holds.

Jenkins is now running as a Republican in West Virginia’s third district, currently represented by 19-term Democratic congressman Nick Rahall. The seat is a prime pickup opportunity for Republicans: The National Republican Congressional Committee has named it one of the top seven seats they’re targeting in 2014 to turn red. “This district went for Bush in 2004, went for McCain in 2008, and it went for Romney in 2012,” explains NRCC spokesman Ian Prior. While Rahall beat Republican candidate Rick Snuffer by 8 points in 2012, the NRCC believes that Rahall’s decision to vote for the House Progressive Caucus’s budget is “as bad a vote as you can get here in West Virginia.”

“The progressive budget has a $25-per-ton carbon tax in it, which would simply devastate the coal industry. It also discriminatorily raises taxes on the gas and oil industries,” Prior says.

“Rahall made a critical mistake when he voted for the Progressive Caucus’s budget,” agrees West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval. “That’s largely a symbolic vote, but the GOP is going to hammer him on that.”

Kercheval sees Jenkins as having a regional advantage that could prove crucial in his race against Rahall. “A key for Jenkins is that he’s from Cabell County, the largest in the district,” Kercheval says. “If some of the Democrats who have voted for him over the years as a member of the legislature can get past his party switch, it will be a problem for Rahall.” In 2012, Rahall beat his GOP opponent by 14 points in Cabell County.

Jenkins, no doubt, will face some tough questions about his decision to switch parties. In particular, the fact that Jenkins made a $500 donation to Rahall in the 2010 election will raise eyebrows; he is now attacking Rahall as someone who voted with Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time during 2009 and 2010.

“I was a Democrat then,” explains Jenkins. “He had donated to my reelection campaign.” Jenkins also stresses that he didn’t donate to Rahall in 2012.

For Jenkins, the reason to run against Rahall is clear: He wants to make sure the House continues to resist Obama’s policies. “The only check and balance that we have as a country and state on the Obama Democrat agenda is a Republican-led and -controlled House of Representatives,” he says.

– Katrina Trinko is an NRO reporter.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: bluedogs; evanjenkins; nickrahall; whiteworkingclass; workingclasswhites; yellowdogs

1 posted on 08/01/2013 1:04:20 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

bttt


2 posted on 08/01/2013 1:05:00 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: neverdem

He has defected from one wing of The Party of Government to the other.


3 posted on 08/01/2013 1:05:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: neverdem

Infiltration.


4 posted on 08/01/2013 1:06:24 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: BenLurkin
He has defected from one wing of The Party of Government to the other.

I was thinking the same thing.

5 posted on 08/01/2013 1:15:08 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: neverdem

We should support and encourage the RINOS to join the Dems so we can get some fresh blood in Republican Primaries.


6 posted on 08/01/2013 1:16:48 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: BenLurkin

He has defected from one wing of The Party of Government to the other.

Either that or they are one fo the last “Blue Dog Democrats”, somethign that has been seen less lately than a chupacabra....


7 posted on 08/01/2013 1:17:44 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: BenLurkin

“He has defected from one wing of The Party of Government to the other.”

Exactly. Only he’s gone from the openly communist side to the closet communists in chaos.

A curious choice.


8 posted on 08/01/2013 1:22:17 PM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: TomServo
Infiltration.

Bingo! This is how we got the current crop of GOPe, in the Reagan revolution. Trent Lott being a prime example.

9 posted on 08/01/2013 1:22:20 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: ArrogantBustard; momincombatboots; apillar; MadelineZapeezda; Roccus; Buddy Sorrell; ...
Pelosi Urges Congress to Uphold Constitution by Passing Gun Control

Both GOP and Democrats Have Party Problems

The unpopularity of the stimulus package and Obamacare resulted in the defeat or retirement of most of the Blue Dogs. Their numbers fell from 54 in 2009 to 26 after 2010 to only 14 in 2012. A historic Democratic constituency largely disappeared, and so did Democrats' majority in the House.

Blue dogs may be extinct after the next election.
10 posted on 08/01/2013 1:22:51 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

If Republicans took over the government tomorrow, would we notice any difference in what is going on?


11 posted on 08/01/2013 1:26:10 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: neverdem

He isn’t the first life-long RAT to put an (R) after his name and run against Rahall....prolly won’t be the last either.


12 posted on 08/01/2013 1:32:24 PM PDT by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: neverdem
State senator Evan Jenkins is done with President Obama’s vision for America. “The Obama agenda has become crystal clear,”

"Has become" is past tense. It was crystal clear from the beginning to anyone who was paying attention.

13 posted on 08/01/2013 1:48:31 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: neverdem
In Obama’s America, Democrats Turning Republican

Not that there's necessarily anything good about that.


14 posted on 08/01/2013 1:50:07 PM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: GraceG

Nice idea.

Lets start with Christie. A Hillary-Christie primayr fight will help us.


15 posted on 08/01/2013 1:53:37 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: ZULU

Welcome to the good side State Senator Evan Jenkins. Too bad your not a U.S. Senator, we could use your vote to defeat “odumbocare”


16 posted on 08/01/2013 2:12:06 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: neverdem

Why not, Republicans are true Democrats, the rest are all Communists.


17 posted on 08/01/2013 2:20:03 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: neverdem
State senator Evan Jenkins is done with President Obama’s vision for America.

Where was this dude? Most of us figured this out a long long time ago.

18 posted on 08/01/2013 2:31:23 PM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: TomServo

I’m thinking...when democrats switch to the Republican Party, they still think, talk and vote for more democrat ideas than Republican. I think that’s one of the problems within the Republican Party today.


19 posted on 08/01/2013 2:38:00 PM PDT by tillacum
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To: Roccus

He should attack Manchin as well.

Does Manchin have higher approval than Rahall?

Rahall at least voted for the King of Iowa amendment.


20 posted on 08/01/2013 6:49:27 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: tillacum; All
"I’m thinking...
when democrats switch to the Republican Party
, they still think, talk and vote
for more democrat ideas than Republican.
I think that’s one of the problems
within the Republican Party today."


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21 posted on 08/01/2013 6:53:41 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

He wants the seat.

In that district, he can’t beat Rahall in a primary.

The ONLY way he can run is to get the (R) after his name like Spike Maynard (a lifelong RAT who got POd over being primaried out of his judgeship) did a few years ago.....and he will lose as Maynard did.


22 posted on 08/01/2013 8:00:08 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: GraceG

He has said he wants to stop Obama, and put a check on big-government; Remember what Reagan said “trust but verify” in other words..let’s welcome him for now folks, but hold his feet to the fire. We may be welcoming a Reagan, but on the other hand also a Geraldo Rivera. Give it time!@


23 posted on 08/01/2013 9:19:10 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: neverdem

Bookmark for later. This is my district, unfortunately. I was saying the other day how glad I was McCain didn’t win, because he has the same agenda as Obama. The country would fail under an R. I won’t vote for this guy either, and they better not run Rubio.


24 posted on 08/02/2013 3:16:13 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots
This is my district, unfortunately. I was saying the other day how glad I was McCain didn’t win, because he has the same agenda as Obama.

McCain's dumb for a number of reasons, but at least he understands the virtues of a strong national defense and fiscal conservatism, IMHO.

The rats are writing off the Jacksonian Democrats for a number of reasons: the wars on coal, guns, white men, etc. Most people acquire the same political affiliation as their parents, but when that same party consistently votes against their interests, then they eventually wake up, at least most of them if they can pay attention.

25 posted on 08/02/2013 9:16:49 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

The dominant Pelosi wing of the Democrat party has been leading the Blue Dog Democrats on a leash for many years now. What have the Blue Dog Democrats gotten since the 1970’s when the Democrats went pyscho? Keep your mouth shut as the liberal windg of the Democrats push abortion, abortion and more abortion, endless gay demands, more national debt, and a crazy quilt convoluted foreign policy.


26 posted on 08/04/2013 4:41:27 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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