Skip to comments.US Rep. Nick Rahall(D-WV): I supported Bush more than Obama (More Dem Panic)
Posted on 03/13/2014 9:08:16 PM PDT by smoothsailing
March 12, 2014
A longtime House Democrat in electoral jeopardy this fall says he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), first elected in 1976, is a top target of Republicans in a state where Obama has long been deeply unpopular. He is facing a state senator, Evan Jenkins, who switched to the GOP to challenge him, and the House Democratic campaign committee recently added him to its Frontline list of members that need the most help saving their seat in November.
Theres no question my critics try to blame Obama-Rahall for everything, Rahall told The Hill. I mean, the snow blitz thats coming tonight is probably Obama-Rahalls fault. And they wont have that to do two years from now, so its obvious theyre leaving no stone unturned to defeat me this time. Because its the last time theyll have Obama around! Its that simple.
Obamas national approval rating fell to the lowest of his presidency, 41 percent, in an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday. In West Virginia, however, it is much lower. A Gallup study released in January found that during 2013, an average of just 25 percent of West Virginians approved of the presidents performance.
Rahall acknowledged that Obama was deeply unpopular in his district, and he quickly ticked off a half dozen policies where the two have disagreed: coal, trade, immigration, abortion, gun control and the conduct of Attorney General Eric Holder, who Rahall voted to hold in contempt. Thats just off the top of my head, he said.
I will support him when hes good for West Virginia, and I will oppose him when hes bad for West Virginia, Rahall said.
Asked if Obama had been good for West Virginia overall, he replied, Probably not.
I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack Obama, Rahall said. Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. Im a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.
Rahall spoke a day after Democrats lost a hard-fought special election race in Florida that centered on the presidents policies and the healthcare law.
He downplayed the significance of the result, saying it did not impact how he would run his race this fall.
On ObamaCare, Rahall said he has called on Republicans to work with Democrats to fix it without demanding its outright repeal.
I dont think I need to call for more fixes, he said. I think I need to call for more bipartisanship from the other side, instead of just repeal, repeal, repeal. Because thats not going to fix anything.
I have always said in my 38 years here I have never seen a perfect law, and the [Affordable Care Act] is not a perfect law. But its not going to be repealed. Not now. Not never. So lets face reality, my friends, and lets try to work together to fix it," Rahall added.
Jenkins on Tuesday highlighted a GOP poll showing him with a 14-point lead over Rahall, 54 percent to 40 percent. Rahall laughed it off. My poll does not show that, I guarantee you, he said, without specifying numbers.
He pointed to outside conservative groups that have targeted him with ads and said voters are getting tired of the negative commercials. Help from Democratic fund-raisers in Washington, he said, is on its way. Because of the tactics being employed by the other side, that is coming hand over fist every day now, Rahall said.
The National Republican Congressional Committee dismissed Rahalls bid to distance himself from Obama, citing his support for Democratic budget proposals and the original healthcare law in 2010.
If Nick Rahall is looking to blame someone for his problems he should look in the mirror, NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said. His support of Obama certainly isnt going to help him, but its Rahalls own record of voting against West Virginias economic interests that is going to sink him in November.
Duck and cover!
Question 2: Did you vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker?
Question 3: How will you spend your retirement?
Finally: Obama’s fault!
Won’t be long and he’ll be saying all the things Obama said were Bushes fault, weren’t.
“Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama”
He has to have someone to blame after he loses.
Next it will be: Some of my best friends are #1. Tea Partyers, #2. Christians #3.Hetro-friendly #4. Employed. #5 Not in jail #6. Global Warming Deniers.
GOP poll: Longtime Rep. Rahall (DW.Va.) down double digits
Washington Post (blog) - by Aaron Blake - 2 days ago Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) chats backstage with drummer Bill Kreutzmann before the Grateful Dead's concert at the Verizon Center.
And now Rahalls using an Obama activist to claim hes pro-coal? Thats flat-out offensive, and Nick Rahall should take down this false ad, Smith adds.
He concludes: Take it from a West Virginia coal miner whos never campaigned for Obama: Nick Rahalls helped Obama kill our coal jobs, and now he’s lying about his record.
Rahall was recently added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s program for vulnerable incumbents, and a survey from Jenkins’ campaign earlier this week showed him down by 14 to the Republican. Coal, which makes up a large portion of West Virginia’s economy, has been a central focus of Republican attacks.
“Finally: Obamas fault!:”
Actually, this guy pulled off a twofer, HE supported Bush and Obama, two of the least popular presidents since Nixon and Carter.
Rahall was born in Beckley. He is of Lebanese descent. His father was a business owner, including radio stations in West Virginia. Rahall graduated in 1971 from Duke University. He attended graduate school at the George Washington University. He then went to work for the late U.S. Senator Robert Byrd.
In 2004, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about Rahall and his sister, lobbyist Tanya Rahall. They reported that she made $15,000 per month as a lobbyist for Qatar and that “the person she frequently lobbies is...her older brother and one of Qatar’s biggest champions in Washington. Rahall said our paths cross professionally, but not across any lines appropriately established by law or House rules.
Rahall has expressed concern about America’s relationship with Israel. He said, “Israel cant continue to occupy, humiliate and destroy the dreams and spirits of the Palestinian people and continue to call itself a democratic state.”
In March 2008, Nick Rahall endorsed Barack Obama to be the Democratic nominee for president, saying Obama understands the needs and aspirations of West Virginians.
In an interview with Keith Olbermann, Rahall said that Obama had the courage and conviction to win the presidency, and that the then-senator was a true agent for change.
Rahall accepts the scientific consensus on global warming, saying to the Register-Herald that denial of climate change is “to just put your head in the sand.”
In March 2010, Rahall voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. In May 2013, Rahall voted against a resolution to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Well, if he wants to “die a Democrat”, he will be remembered as one, which is not positively.
In February 2005, Rahall used congressional stationery to write a letter to a Fairfax County judge asking for leniency for his son, Nick Rahall III, who was facing felony robbery charges. Rahall III has a long record of criminal arrests and drug charges that began with his 1998 drug arrest. Another defendant in the same case was given a sentence of 11 months in prison. It also noted that according to the house ethics manual, Official stationery...may be used only for official purposes.” Rahall said that he should not have used congressional stationery for letter but said it was not the same type that he uses for official or committee business. Rahall added he may have drawn the wrong paper “[i]n the emotions” and that he would reimburse the Treasury for the cost. The House Ethics Committee did not launch an inquiry into the incident.
In July 2009, Rahall jumped out of a plane to show his support for the coal industry. The event was intended to show the importance of the coal industry to both West Virginia and the United States as a whole. The act confused some, who questioned the reasoning behind the jump. It was noted that Rahall is involved with coal lobbyists and also receives contributions from the airline industry.
LOL, Bush fault!!!
Well, as my dear grandmother used to say;”The only good Democrat, is a dead Democrat.”
Rotten to then core.
The LIB/DIM bum should be in prison.
History will be hard-pressed to find a single good one from that party. I can’t see any that were really for anything that the USA was founded on.
No more Congress for him.
Lot's of Bolsheviks like this asswipe are going to be purged come November.
Still kissed Nancy Pelosi’s butt
As if you can tell the difference.
Dr. Larry McDonald of Georgia. The one killed in the downing of the KAL Flight 007 in 1982. He’d make most Conservative Republicans today look like a bunch of leftist pantywaists.
He doesn’t seem to have been too correct about Shirley Temple, or at least his commission.
How many conservative Republicans are there today? And I don’t mean those that call themselves conservative, and are not, but do lie and are a synagogue of liberalism.
How conservative was the ACU back then? They were giving McDonald perfect scores. I get a little nervous when Ron Paul called McDonald “the most principled man in Congress”, too.
Wikipedia paints a surprisingly flattering portrait of McDonald as a near-perfect conservative, I have to say (yes, them; they seem to find nothing wrong with him in terms of being conservative, aside from criticizing him from being anti-forced-integration).
I have to laugh when you hear media references claim the Republicans/Tea Partiers, et al, are the most “right-wing ever” ! I think it is very clear that compared to 30 years ago when McDonald was in Congress, there has been a horrendous overall lurch to the left. I think all but your most Stalinistic members of the time would be shocked at how left-wing both the parties have moved, both socially and fiscally.
At one time, Orrin Hatch was considered one of the good guys, but the fella running in 1976 against an entrenched Democrat Senator would scarcely recognize the man on the cusp of becoming President Pro Tempore of that body in 2015.
Unfortunately, the ACU itself has become a parody and probably gives a heads-up to certain members on a few key votes to make it look like the McCains and Grahams and even Hatches of the body appear to still be on the right’s straight and narrow.
To answer your question, how many truly Conservative members (all GOP today, of course, since your most Conservative Democrat, probably Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, is closer to the liberal wing than to the right) are in Congress ? Very very few. Possibly not even 10% of the entire caucus. In the Senate alone, there may be only 5 or less (and Rand Paul, sometimes cited as one, is too flaky to truly be considered that). There may actually only be just two... Cruz and Mike Lee. Here in Tennessee, a Conservative state, our two most Conservative House members in the past decade were David Davis, who served only a single term before chicanery on the part of his primary opponent, Phil Roe, who used Dem voters to get him the GOP nod, since we’re an open primary state. The other is the current member Scott DesJarlais, who is in serious trouble because of some personal problems stemming from bad decisions well over a decade ago, and probably will not see him win a 3rd term this year.
We’re stuck with 2 Senators who rank near the bottom of the GOP caucus (as in most liberal). It’s shameful.
What’s up with West Virginia and their career politicians? Are there no other jobs there besides politics?
Same three questions I had and in the same order.
Thanks for clearing that up. I’ll have to put that one down to my nasty bump on the head I got earlier today . . . the lies never stop, do they? No surprise that they’d go after the HUAC like that.
BTW, the info about Samuel Dickstein at that link was quite telling. Lots of Soviet moles in the HUAC, and they succeeded in bringing it down.
In order to ensure to citizens freedom of conscience, the church in the USSR is separated from the state, and the school from the church. Freedom of religious worship and freedom of antireligious propaganda is recognized for all citizens.* Take note that incitement of hatred and/or hostility on atheistic grounds was not prohibited.
1936 Stalin Constitution, Article 124
Citizens of the USSR are guaranteed freedom of conscience, that is, the right to profess or not to profess any religion, and to conduct religious worship or atheistic propaganda. Incitement of hostility or hatred on religious grounds is prohibited.* In the USSR, the church is separated from the state, and the school from the church.
1977 Brezhnev Constitution, Article 52
Another name that too often flies under the radar and is mention in that link is Frances Perkins.
In addition to smearing the work of the HUAC, as Martin Dies pointed out, she was responsible for the minimum wage laws which have crippled American business since their enactment. Of course, FDR is a name well-known and rightfully despised by anyone who truly loves America and our God-given liberty. But it was his so-called "brain trust" that implemented (and often conceived) the programs that led to the socialism of the New Deal. I have done a lot of research concerning her and I don't say this lightly, but Frances Perkins may truly be among the most evil women of the 20th Century.
That picture says so much. Her intense, shark-like evil eyes are telling as she conceived and enacted programs to utterly shed the Constitution. It was Frances Perkins who set the table for the likes of hussein obama.
Evan Jenkins switched parties to run against this guy. Is that the best we can do?
Democrats spend 8 years slamming the Hell out of Bush and get majorities in both houses and the Presidency by doing it,now they want to save their communist asses by saying they voted more with the evil Bush than Obama,PRICELESS!
Question #2 is really what opponents need to hit them with. I've not understood why they don't make this a bigger argument.
Congressman, you say you will oppose Obama when he's bad for WV. However, you will vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker...and she will set an agenda forth....Obama's agenda...that is ALWAYS bad for WV. You won't have a chance to offer ANY meaningful opposition because she will ensure your party destroys coal...and a hundred other things that are bad for WV...and you won't be able to do a thing about it. She will ensure that anything that is GOOD for WV is blocked from a vote...just like Harry Reid does in the senate.
So how do you suppose you will get around that?
Another RINO in the making.
Purely an election year stunt. You can’t be a rat without believing in and endorsing evil. Repubs have a slight advantage there.
Great minds and all.
"Will you vote for John Boehner for Speaker of the House?"
This will separate the men from the metrosexuals.
Here, son. This albatross named 0bamacare is really starting to stink and it’s going to hang around your neck until it rots away or you do.