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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:58 AM

Manchin to skip Democratic National Convention

Source: CNN

(CNN) – Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who is running for re-election in West Virginia, said Monday he plans to sit out September's Democratic National Convention, the biggest gathering of the year for his party.

"I intend to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia, whether that's representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home, where I can hear about their concerns and ideas to solve the problems of this great nation," Manchin said in a statement.

Manchin's decision signals he may be trying to distance himself from the Democratic Party as he fights to keep his seat this fall.

While West Virginia tends to be a blue state–with the exception of presidential elections–its recent primary showed that conservative Democrats may be feeling dissatisfied with the party. A federal inmate, whose name appeared on the May 8 primary ballot, pulled a substantial amount of the Democratic vote away from President Barack Obama, finishing the race with 41% compared to Obama's 59%.

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/18/manchin-to-skip-democratic-national-convention/



Another embarrassment for my home state.
This coward isn't fit to shine Senator Byrd's shoes.

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Reply Manchin to skip Democratic National Convention (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Jun 2012 OP
boomerbust Jun 2012 #1
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #5
onenote Jun 2012 #6
wwytchwood Jun 2012 #2
nxylas Jun 2012 #4
kenfrequed Jun 2012 #31
nxylas Jun 2012 #35
liberal N proud Jun 2012 #3
JoePhilly Jun 2012 #7
BE10sCoach Jun 2012 #8
liberalnationalist Jun 2012 #9
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #10
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #12
Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2012 #15
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #18
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #16
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #17
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #19
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #20
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #21
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #23
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #24
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #26
Kingofalldems Jun 2012 #36
Freddie Stubbs Jun 2012 #37
onenote Jun 2012 #25
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #27
kenfrequed Jun 2012 #32
Kingofalldems Jun 2012 #11
Guy Whitey Corngood Jun 2012 #34
Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2012 #13
MountainMama Jun 2012 #28
Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2012 #29
MountainMama Jun 2012 #30
Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2012 #33
butterfly77 Jun 2012 #14
hrmjustin Jun 2012 #22

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:29 AM

1. He would be better served

Going to the Republican convention. Another pathetic Blue Dog that should be primaried.

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Response to boomerbust (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:18 AM

5. What are the chances of WV voters electing a Democrat who embraces Obama?

Even WV Democrats aren't crazy about Obama.

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Response to boomerbust (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:45 AM

6. He did face a primary opponent. And he crushed her, 80-20.

Yes he's a very conservative guy (and his primary opponent wasn't exactly a progressive either). But for better or worse, for this election cycle, he's our guy. If he loses, it dramatically increases the chances the Senate ends up in repub hands. And his repub opponent is reprehensible. At least Manchin voted against defunding Planned Parenthood and against the Paul Ryan budget. You can take it to the bank that those two votes would have been different if cast by his repub opponent

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:36 AM

2. another DINO

 

he will jump ship after January - just watch

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Response to wwytchwood (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:18 AM

4. He's probably more useful to his masters within the Democratic Party

They like to have a few people like him inside the enemy's camp, so that they can say "look, even Democrats oppose these crazy liberal policies, like making us pay the same taxes as the little people".

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Response to nxylas (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:39 PM

31. Hmm..

I think he is more useful to his corporate masters than to anyone within the Democratic party.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #31)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 06:08 AM

35. That's what I meant to say

Poor word choice, I probably should have said "He's more useful to his masters if he remains within the Democratic Party". Or the Democrat Party, as he probably calls it.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:49 AM

3. Probably because he couldn't get the party to pay for airfare from West Virgina to North Carolina

And it such a long distance to travel by car.

It would take him a whole 4 hours (assuming Charleston to Charlotte).

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:04 AM

7. The next Zell Miller.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:07 AM

8. "Ball Less" politican

Manchin is a "chicken shit" Blue Dog, DINO. Hope the SOB loses! Democrats don't need shitbags like this representing them.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:54 AM

9. good!

 

who needs that racist bigot to spoil the convention...I hope he was told he was not welcome..we don't need his stain on the rest of us.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM

10. Wouldn't it be hypocritical for him to go, considering that he won't commit to supporting Obama?

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:05 PM

12. he couldn't just go out of party solidarity?

of course not...he might be photographed standing next to liberals, gays and people of color, and the hillbilly vote he's selling out for would evaporate...

I've seen this story play out, and the ending is never good...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:12 PM

15. The hillbilly vote won't let him stand next to liberals gays and people of color?

Didn't that same hillbilly vote elect Robert Byrd time and again?

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:25 PM

18. Exactly...So what's he scared of?

Running a campaign from the "gop-lite cowardice" angle is a certain disaster...Dems field this type in my state every two years, and the result is the same 9 times out of 10

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:15 PM

16. I think the bigger fear is people inferring that he supports Obama

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:22 PM

17. So if he's lacking that much ballsack, why even run?

or why not make his crossover complete and switch parties?

and out of sheer curiosity, what's his "official reason" for not supporting Obama? (I know the real one)

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:27 PM

19. Switching parties would mean one more vote for McConnell as majority leader

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #19)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:07 PM

20. what's stopping him from doing that now?

God forbid he vote for Reid -- West Virginians might think he supports Obama by proxy and we can't have that...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #20)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:04 PM

21. Probably wouldn't fit in with GOP, as he votes with Democrats 84% of the time

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:17 PM

23. So again I ask; WHAT is he afraid of??

What purpose does it serve to hate on Obama and avoid the convention other than making his party look weaker?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:26 PM

24. Because if voters associate him with President Obama, he will lose

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #24)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:03 PM

26. They're gonna associate him with the president anyway because of the

"D" behind his name...

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #24)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 11:57 AM

36. Defending people who will not support Obama

Sounds like you are a republican to me.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #36)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 12:48 PM

37. So, are you saying that we should not support the election of these Democratic nominees because

they do not publicly support President Obama? You would rather have Republicans in these position who will openly support Republican candidates?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:28 PM

25. Because it serves his own re-election interests to be perceived as independent of both parties

Its not as if he's announced that he's endorsing Romney and going to the repub convention. Separating himself from the presidential candidates of both parties serves his interest in getting re-elected and his staying within the Democratic party serves our interests in controlling the Senate.

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Response to onenote (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:08 PM

27. It's just sad that it's only the Dems who have to

play this neutral, fence-straddling game...

The GOP never seems to worry about getting their share of moderate votes, no matter how far right they lean...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #27)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:45 PM

32. Hmmph

It would be nice if the Democrats could master messaging and larger policy strategy. They seem terrible at it and too busy trying to appear reasonable. I suppose this is the reward for the president attempting to appear bipartisan.

Had the Blue Dog coalition not provided fillibuster cover for the entirety of 2009 we might have been able to craft an actual message that would have painted the republican congress of 2009-2010 as the most oppositional, obstructionist, minority party in modern American history.

Instead we got the tea party as the story. Good job Blue dogs! Thank you Evan Bayh for screwing the party as hard as you could and destroying what should have been a generational shift to the left.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:02 PM

11. Like Joe Lieberman, this guy should not be privy

to any strategy discussions. Never trust either one.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:46 PM

34. These are the same " grown ups" the Blue Douche above is always

salivating over.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:09 PM

13. Probably scared-off by this --

Prison Inmate Wins More than 40% of Democratic Vote Over President Obama in WV Primary

President Obama has never been particularly popular in West Virginia, and even though he’s an incumbent president running essentially unopposed, Tuesday’s Democratic primary in the Appalachian state didn’t change that dynamic.

More than 40percent of Democrats voting chose to cast their ballot for Keith Russell Judd, an inmate at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas, where he’s doing time for extortion and threats made at the University of New Mexico in 1999.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/prison-inmate-wins-more-than-40-of-democratic-vote-over-president-obama-in-wv-primary/


That's a serious protest vote. I'm not sure what the source of WV Democratic voter's ire may be but Manchin can't be faulted for taking this into account.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:07 PM

28. Native Mountaineer here....

stuck out in the desert.

I asked my husband if he took the primary results as racism or stupidity, and he voted for racist.

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Response to MountainMama (Reply #28)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:22 PM

29. If 40% of the Democratic party voted against Obama in 2008 -- maybe.

But if they voted Obama in 2008 and then bailed in 2012 odds are there's a protest vote going on. This was a Democratic primary, after all; exclusively Democratic voters. It's too much of a stretch to claim people went from reasoned vote to unreasoned bias in the space fo 3 years.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #29)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:32 PM

30. I'd like to think that....

and it's probably right, but I know that there's a good bit of racism back home as well.

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Response to MountainMama (Reply #30)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:49 PM

33. Well, as the Democratic party has been the refuge of minority votes & policy

for several decades now it's hard to imagine 40% of WV Democrats suddenly waking-up and finding they were voting with/for people of color.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:10 PM

14. Of course...

he is a republiCON..

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:05 PM

22. democrats won't miss him. n/t

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