My friend and former blog mate Jazz Shaw finds a clever analogy for the affliction, calling it the “other virus.” He is referring to the disease that makes it impossible for Democrats seeking seats in the U.S. Senate in the upcoming midterm elections to identify who they voted for in 2012.
Jazz links, as I do here, to a column by Andrew Johnson at National Review Online, who reports:
Democrats’ Senate candidate in West Virginia, Natalie Tennant, would not mention President Obama by name when asked whom she voted for in the previous election.
Two other Democratic Senate candidates, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Michelle Nunn of Georgia, have recently refused to answer questions about whom they supported when President Obama, unpopular in all their states, was on the ballot.
Citing Grimes’s mishaps, the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board asked during a candidates’ forum whether the candidates would be willing to say whom they last supported for president. Republican Shelley Moore Capito and the Libertarian, Constitution, and Mountain party candidates volunteered the information, responding with their respective party’s presidential nominee.
Tennant would only say she “voted for the Democratic party.”
A video follows:
After her “revelation,” Tennant launches into what Johnson calls a “stump speech about how she will stand up for West Virginians regardless of party.” She does, in all fairness, mention Obama by name, informing the panel:
I’m as angry as everyone else is about Barack Obama and his attitude toward West Virginians and his attitude toward coal. [Emphasis added]
Obama made his attitude toward West Virginians, 55.4% of whom own guns and 46% of whom regularly attend church, known in April 2008. He has been attempting to walk back his disdain for religion and guns ever since. He is more candid about his disdain for coal.
As for Tennant’s own views, she began claiming in September 2013 that she would fight Obama if his energy policies threatened the West Virginia’s coal industry, but that coincided with the launch of her Senate campaign. It’s hard to know if she doing the politically expedient thing or really means it.
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