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A GOP “dam ready to break” in West Virginia
Hotair ^ | 12/29/2013 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 12/29/2013 6:54:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Democrats in West Virginia have pretty much taken their two Senate seats for granted for a long time now. (And with good reason, since the last time the GOP held those spots, Ike was still president.) They’ve also had a fair bit of success in hanging on to at least some of their three congressional seats in the modern era. This stands in contrast to a seemingly constant ideological shift to the right among voters, demonstrated by the fact that no Democrat presidential candidate has carried the state since Bill Clinton. This shift may be setting the stage for some very interesting events in the 2014 cycle, with the retirement of Senator Jay Rockefeller and two spirited House races shifting into high gear. Specifically in WV-02, Roll Call recently rated that contest on their list of the most fascinating races to watch.

For some reason, they seem to think this is good news for Democrats, but the district still leans Red and the Dems have hooked their wagon to Nick Casey. Casey looks like a terrible choice, given the current frame of mind of West Virginia’s voters. He’s a former lobbyist for progressive groups such as FarinessWV.org and is well known to voters from his time as the incendiary chairman of the state Democratic Party. His long standing support for the President, Obamacare, gun control and a raft of other liberal touchstones doesn’t seem as if it will play well with the more socially conservative base in his district. Further, he’s sharing a media market with the 3rd district and may have a negative impact on their Democratic candidate, Nick Rahall.

In terms of filling the Senate seat, even the Paper of Record is seeing some hard times coming for the Democrats this time around

An accelerating rightward tilt here was reflected recently in an awkward two-step by the Democratic nominee for an open seat, Natalie Tennant, as she distanced herself from the White House after a fund-raising trip to New York.

In a Sheraton ballroom, Ms. Tennant, West Virginia’s secretary of state, listened to Michelle Obama urge donors to write “a big old fat check” to her and other women running for the Senate.

But back home, where President Obama is deeply unpopular, Ms. Tennant’s campaign quickly sought to wriggle out of the embrace of the White House, insisting to the local news media that “what the first lady said is not an endorsement.”

Running away from an endorsement by the First Lady is one thing, but this little slip of the lip about her husband was a doozy.

In an interview, Ms. Tennant even seemed to downgrade the president’s title. “I don’t answer to Senator Obama,” she said. “I answer to the people of West Virginia.” (A spokeswoman later said that was an unintentional slip of the tongue.)

Charleston Democrat leaders are already tossing out statements saying that the GOP can’t “run against Obama” in these races, and if voters want to vote against the President they should, “wait until he runs for school board in Illinois.” It’s obvious at this point that the entire Democrat Party in West Virginia is in full speed retreat away from Barack Obama and all things related to him, but it’s going to be hard for their candidates to erase their combined records of previous support.

West Virginia would be an excellent pick-up opportunity in the GOP’s efforts to take the Senate majority next fall, and solidifying their hold on their House seats would just be icing on the cake. Only a year or so ago I’d have not even listed this race on the radar, but it’s looking extremely competitive now.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: democrats; elections; gop; westvirginia; wv2014

1 posted on 12/29/2013 6:54:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

DeathCare and Benghazi, then there’s the IRS, NSA, Fast and Furious!


2 posted on 12/29/2013 6:57:02 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind

The rats forgot that the people there like their God, and guns.


3 posted on 12/29/2013 6:57:33 PM PST by Duckdog (If it wasn't for NASCAR my TV would have gone out the window years ago!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mike Huckaby, Karl Rove, Paul Ryan...these are all people I supported at one time. It just shows to go ya how wrong you can be. The ability to admit to being wrong is a trait that I really admire.


4 posted on 12/29/2013 6:58:54 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Duckdog
Along with from Oklahoma and Utah, West Virginia is the only other state where BO failed to win a single county.

Robert Byrd won here for so long because he regularly brought home the pork and thumbed his nose at the national DNC.

5 posted on 12/29/2013 7:00:58 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Duckdog

Politics is a fickle thing. In this case the Democrats pushed so far to the left it outweighed what they had once meant to coal mining. This is an example of how God lets a group of persistently foolish people (those Democrats, in this place) come to a crashing end. Not that Republicans are so astoundingly holy but they are not quite as badly compromised. (After all they did not boo God.) They would do very well to embrace a fuller holiness again once they get this reprieve.


6 posted on 12/29/2013 7:02:38 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I had the opportunity to go to Morgantown this year for the West Virginia/Texas game. Showed up in my burnt orange with 6 other guys. I have never been treated so well in my life. We went to the tailgating area for about 5 hours before the game and we literally couldn’t go a dozen paces without people welcoming us and offering us something to eat or drink. It’s probably the closest that I’ll ever be to being a celebrity. People wanted to have their pictures taken with the Texans. The biggest shock to me was the proliferation of moonshine their. It seemed that everyone had it. I came to the conclusion that West Virginians are happy drunks.


7 posted on 12/29/2013 7:05:18 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: gorush

The false “conservatives” rule us through deceit and have for a long time. There are scores of them and it will take a long time to sort through all of them.

It has to start at the grass roots, for too long things have been run top down which is why “they” have all the power and we don’t.


8 posted on 12/29/2013 7:27:04 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: gop4lyf

Had some last night. Good stuff!


9 posted on 12/29/2013 7:30:01 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Funny how the Republican establishment are ashamed of people who believe in God but the Democrats have no problem accepting abortionists, homosexuals, lesbians, transexuals and cross dressers. What is wrong with this picture?


10 posted on 12/29/2013 7:31:15 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: ExTexasRedhead
DeathCare and Benghazi, then there’s the IRS, NSA, Fast and Furious

I don't think anyone will ever be held accountable for any of this, unfortunately.

11 posted on 12/29/2013 7:36:22 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: cradle of freedom

Not ashamed enough YET to boo God. That’s something good to be said, and counting this blessing puts us in a position to receive more blessings. Because God is funny like that. He wants the glory.


12 posted on 12/29/2013 7:36:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Mark17

God will.


13 posted on 12/29/2013 7:36:55 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

All ANY GOP opponent has to ask (and I never hear them do it!) any democrat who runs as a blue dog is: AND just WHO will you vote for for SPEAKER/MAJORITY LEADER?...Because I don’t care how conservative you say you are...when you vote for Nancy/Harry...you are voting for the liberal agenda. PERIOD. You’re conservative ideas will NOT be considered. You’re PRO-COAL? Not when you vote for Nancy you aren’t!”


14 posted on 12/29/2013 7:40:48 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: SeekAndFind; fieldmarshaldj
But back home, where President Obama is deeply unpopular, Ms. Tennant’s campaign quickly sought to wriggle out of the embrace of the White House, insisting to the local news media that “what the first lady said is not an endorsement.”

Lol. Pathetic.

15 posted on 12/29/2013 7:43:56 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
God will.

Yes He will, vengeance is mine, saith The Lord, but that is the lake of fire, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone, not even the evil, scum sucking rats, even though, they would gladly wish it on all of us. Those dirty rat bast---s.

16 posted on 12/29/2013 7:49:51 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: SeekAndFind

I never understood how a Rockefeller could get elected by WV coal miners. I know they were strong union but how could they trust a millionaire from New York.


17 posted on 12/29/2013 7:52:44 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Mark17

There are many intermediate stages. Those who can only think of the final judgment have been distracted badly (by Satan, in fact) from God’s refining work right on earth.


18 posted on 12/29/2013 7:56:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Joe Manchin votes like Berni Sanders.


19 posted on 12/29/2013 7:57:39 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: VerySadAmerican

RE: I never understood how a Rockefeller could get elected by WV coal miners. I know they were strong union but how could they trust a millionaire from New York.

Anyone can call himself a “conservative”, but the moment his favorite pet project or cause receives government funding and someone like Rockefeller or Byrd proves to be able to bring him/her the bacon ( and he becomes hook to it), suddenly, his “conservatism” goes out the window.


20 posted on 12/29/2013 8:01:36 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yeah, I forgot that half of the Dems at the convention actually booed God. Imagine, the establishment GOP actually want to impersonate this party. If the Republicans had a brain, a soul and actually cared about something besides money they would drag the Dems over the coals for being the party of political correctness. Everybody HATES political correctness. Instead they actually try to copy the party of politcal correctness. What dummies!


21 posted on 12/29/2013 8:07:13 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: NELSON111

The blue dog Democrats are just beards.


22 posted on 12/29/2013 8:08:38 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: cradle of freedom

To me this looks like carrying collegiality to a fault.

It’s our negligence as the people that a body politic which is so wrapped up in itself as to ignore us was tolerated. It’s us who are at the top of the Constitution.

America once had an inoculation against this. It was called Judeo-Christian bible belief. The bible emphasized exalting God and staying humble as people, as the means to blessing.

That’s fading now... and we see the results. Worldly minded people go for worldly minded politicians and the result is... shock, horror! ... worldly. Not heavenly.


23 posted on 12/29/2013 8:35:20 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: cradle of freedom

“”Funny how the Republican establishment are ashamed of people who believe in God...”

The Republican establishment is exactly why the GOP will lose the WV seats. People here are sincere Christians, proud gun owners, sick of environmentalists, have no tolerance for abortion and want fiscal responsibility to return to DC. That is why the dems run conservatives here and win every time. The establishment GOP will not tolerate or support such a conservative candidate. They have never truly supported such candidates in the past and it is common knowledge here. The NRCC has already stated that they would fight tooth and nail to prevent a tea party candidate winning in the primaries. They have already stated that they are supporting pro-abortion, anti-gun, MainStreet Republican Shelley Moore Capito in the senate primaries.

As a WV conservative, we don’t even get a choice. The establishment GOP feels they have the right to pick our candidates. F em!!! I will proudly vote for Natalie Tennant just to send the message to the NRCC to quit pushing liberals on us and keep out of our state primaries!


24 posted on 12/29/2013 9:36:27 PM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Extremely competitive? No. It’s a walk for Capito. Tennant is pretty much DOA


25 posted on 12/29/2013 9:39:26 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: FreeInWV

Totally agree. There has to be a bottom up revolution if we are to get this country back.


26 posted on 12/29/2013 9:41:10 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: FreeInWV

I mistakenly stated she is anti-gun. I thought I remembered some statements she made about the AWB. I was wrong about that and wanted to set the record straight.

I still feel the same about her. Just another liberal Republican.


27 posted on 12/29/2013 9:52:51 PM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: cradle of freedom
The blue dog Democrats are just beards.

Mostly just democrats with vote for sale. Remember how they stopped ACA, until their price was met.

28 posted on 12/29/2013 11:13:33 PM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Its about coal and guns.

Just unbelievable the Dems blew this state off.


29 posted on 12/29/2013 11:52:48 PM PST by sunrise_sunset
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To: VerySadAmerican
I know they were strong union but how could they trust a millionaire from New York.

They trusted him because he was a millionaire. They knew Rockefeller couldn't be bought and they were sick of the corruption. Just as an example, after Rockefeller left the Governor's office for the U.S. Senate, he was succeeded by Arch Moore, who later did three years in the pen for extortion and taking bribes.
30 posted on 12/30/2013 1:05:14 AM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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To: Viennacon

“Extremely competitive? No. It’s a walk for Capito. Tennant is pretty much DOA”

I remember when the GOP talking heads said the same thing last time Byrd ran. They said No Way he could win even though no GOP candidate had even filed yet. Then Byrd won by a landslide without even campaigning or spending a dime.

We all remember how the establishment GOP threw the senate 4 years ago rather than let a tea party candidate win. In the general election, they withdrew all money and support from such candidates in at least 3 races - Angle, Alaska, Connecticut. Maybe more. They are more afraid of the tea party gaining critical mass than they are of the dems. And look where it got us. They deserve their share of the blame for the mess we are in.


31 posted on 12/30/2013 5:31:24 AM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind

2014 ought to be a historic election for the GOP in West Virginia. They are only 5 seats away from taking control of the 100 seat House of Delegates (lower house of the legislature) and may make major inroads in the state senate, where 17 of the 34 seats are up for grabs, 12 of them currently held by ‘Rats) (the GOP is in the minority in the WV Senate by a 24-10 count currently).

The article doesn’t mention that Nick Joe Rahall is somewhat of an institution in WV, having served 21 terms in the US House after first being elected in 1972. When he departs the scene, this district ought to become solidly republican like neighboring districts in Virginia and Kentucky, and the political realignment in WV will be complete.


32 posted on 12/30/2013 2:20:34 PM PST by nd76
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To: itsahoot

Yeah, Mary Landrieu with her Lousiana purchase, Ben Nelson with his Cornhusker deal and Bart Stupak. These were supposed to be pro-life Democrats who were taking money from the Pro-Life organizations while making deals with the Dems. Remember the elaborate deal they made? It was the exact same devious tactic that they used in the amnesty for illegal aliens. First the Dems tried to make a deal with John McCain and his usual band of collaborators, then when this didn’t work, they realized they didn’t have enough Dems in the liberal areas of the country so they had to go to the more ‘conservative’ Democrats like Landrieu, Nelson and STupak. They didn’t have the cover of the McCain faction of the Republicans so they couldn’t use the old canard about it being a ‘bipartisan’ deal. They were flushed out and shown for what they were.


33 posted on 12/30/2013 5:56:06 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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