An inkling of the future from a peculiar state West Virginia
West Virginia is peculiar. Why?
It is a perpetual welfare state cloaked in natural resources that should make it self-sustaining. It is a beautiful state, though its treatment of nature includes strip mining and deforestation that also pollutes the rivers and streams.
Its state political leaders have a history of corruption; though its political leaders also included a KKK member-turned reformed liberal leader in the US Senate, Senator Robert Byrd. Leadership includes a New York Rockefeller who is a Democrat hiding in the backwoods.
The working poor have been easily exploited, featuring its share of racism; however, exploits include right-wing religious beliefs that corner some support for Republicans. Usually, it is a Democrat state because from where else will come the continuing welfare?
“Democrats hold on to W.Va. governorship
By Aaron Blake, Published: October 4
Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) won the state’s special election for governor Tuesday, avoiding what could have been an embarrassing loss for President Obama and the Democratic Party.
Tomblin led Republican businessman Bill Maloney 50 percent to 47 percent with 73 percent of precincts reporting at press time. The Associated Press called the race in Tomblin’s favor.
With the win, Democrats avoided a second special election loss in less than a month. Republicans prevailed in a special election three weeks ago when Republican Bob Turner won a congressional seat in a heavily Democratic district in New York City.
“Tonight, the people of West Virginia sent a clear message to national Republicans,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. “Even in the most competitive circumstances, Gov. Tomblin was able to highlight his record of effectiveness and withstand Republican attempts to nationalize the race.”
Republicans closed a deficit late in the race, helped by a Republican Governors Association ad that tied Tomblin to the implementation of President Obama’s health-care program. The ad ran in heavy rotation in the closing days of the campaign, and even Democrats acknowledged it was moving numbers in Maloney’s favor.
It’s not clear what broader conclusions can be drawn from the race. Democrats argue that the state is highly unusual. It remains one of the last bastions of conservative Democrats, returning large Democratic majorities to its state legislature even as most states that historically had conservative Democratic majorities were going Republican in 2010.”