Project Wonderful

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Stay Classy, West Virginia

West Virginia, you are not doing yourself any favors in the national imagination.
Unless you were afraid that many people had forgotten you were a state, in which case, way to slightly register on the Google Alert election radar. Associated Press:
Just how unpopular is President Barack Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas got 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.

The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Obama received 59 percent of the vote to Judd's 41 percent.

Wild? Okay. Wonderful might be a stretch.

Some of the reasons were...Appalachian? What's a word for "racist, homophobic or deeply confused as you would expect while recognizing that this does not encompass all residents of West Virginia?" That word. Some reasons were more palatable.

Obama's energy policies and the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of mining-related permits have incurred the wrath of West Virginia's coal industry. With the state the nation's second-biggest producer of this fossil fuel, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin —both Democrats have championed the industry — have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November. Each overcame low-profile opponents in Tuesday's primary. Manchin refused afterward to say whether he voted for Obama.

Look, even though I don't agree with you, you have the right to vote against the President. But THAT GUY? Said one voter,
"I'm not voting for somebody who's in prison...I just want to vote against Barack Obama."

And she is the reasonable one in this story.

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