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Democratic Senator Skips DADT and DREAM Act Votes for…A Christmas Party!!

5:40 am in Democratic Party, Government, Legislature, Politics by Chuckie Corra

U. S. Senate podium (photo: scecon via Flickr)

Joe Manchin is an epic disappointment already.  He was the only Democratic senator to vote no on a DADT repeal earlier in the month, and then refused to even show his face for the vote on Saturday for the DREAM Act and DADT.  SO what pressing engagement had him so tied up that he couldn’t muster an appearance during one of the biggest voting days this Congress has seen thus far?

A Christmas Party, of course!

Manchin spokesman Sara Payne Scarbro elaborated to the Charleston Gazette in an email, saying that he and his wife “planned a holiday gathering over a year ago with all their children and grandchildren as they will not all be together on Christmas Day.”

“While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break,” Scarbro said. “However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues.”

Source: TPM

I’m a little embarrassed to call Manchin my senator right now.  The fact that he skipped out on clearly the most important vote since he has taken office is sad.  It doesn’t bode well for his future in the Senate either.  Thankfully he’s up for election in 2012; I’d like to see Secretary of State Natalie Tennant give him a run for his money then.

Manchin has pissed off the unions too.  In West Virginia, if you’re a Democrat, unions play a vital role in your political life.  If Manchin loses the union vote he can rest assured that his tenure as a United States Senator will not last very long at all.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →

DINOsaurs in West Virginia: Joe Manchin Was Lone Democrat to Vote Nay on DADT Repeal.

5:41 pm in Conservatism, Democratic Party, Government, Legislature, Politics by Chuckie Corra

courtesy of Scott Kinmartin on flickr

Rawwwrrrr!  It didn’t take long for the Conservadem to show his true colors in West Virginia.  The newly-minted Senator in West Virginia, Joe Manchin, was your maverick stand-out Thursday during the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal vote.  So what side did he vote with?  Of course, the Republicans!

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the only Democrat in the Senate to vote Nay on a motion that would repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law for the United States military.  Sadly, this comes as no surprise.  Joe Manchin ran a conservative-minded campaign in a state that could have easily gone Republican.  Its sad to see the seat that the late, great Robert C. Byrd used to hold go to such waste.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) appeared to take a stand on the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” Thursday, becoming the only Senate Democrat to vote against a procedural motion to move the measure forward.

But after the vote, Manchin blasted out a statement apologizing to anyone angered by his vote and said he believed the policy “probably should be repealed in the near future.”

“While I believe the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy will be repealed someday, and probably should be repealed in the near future, I do not support its repeal at this time,” Manchin said in the statement. “I truly understand that my position will anger those who believe repeal should happen now and for that I sincerely apologize. While I am very sympathetic to those who passionately support the repeal, as a Senator of just three weeks, I have not had the opportunity to visit and hear the full range of viewpoints from the citizens of West Virginia.”

(The Hill)

Apologizing already Joe?  Thats pretty sad.  If you’re going to cross enemy lines at least wait awhile before you concede to your stupidity.  I’m not really sure Manchin knows what he’s getting himself into voting like this.  Votes, simply votes like this, will alienate an entire electoral base.

I don’t really think there’s much to say other than the fact that I’m extremely disappointed in my Senator and the United States Senate for not being able to pass a common sense repeal of a discriminatory regulation like DADT.

The DINOsaurs live in West Virginia.

Making the Grade for the Crazies: A Final Evaluation of The Midterm’s Most Mad

11:26 pm in 2010 election, Elections, Politics by Chuckie Corra

What Christine O'Donnell's Campaign Signs Should have Been (courtesy: Mike Licht,

We are all tired.  This election season is exhausting.  Those working on campaigns have been clocking hours reaching the triple digits per week to help boost their candidates chances of getting elected.  For the most part, an election such as this deserves a strict degree of seriousness throughout.  Our country’s livelihood is at stake, the economy is still in bandages and casts, and the troops still aren’t home.

However, I feel it necessary to bring a bit of lightheartedness to the scene.  Its been a long haul and a big final push towards November 2nd, so sit back and relax while I attempt to bring humor to the election cycle by grading this years most nutty candidates.

The grading scale: the classic A, B, C, D, or F

What they are graded on:

-Lack of Knowledge
-Scandal Caliber
-Overall Crazy

So lets get to our current Crazies of 2010 . . .

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Star Wars, Austin Powers, and Autographed Laser Blasters

3:10 pm in Uncategorized by Chuckie Corra

Imperial Blaster, Similar to what Joe Manchin will autograph for you (from Bolt of Blue on Flickr)

There was a point where I felt like it was beating a dead horse by continuously posting diaries about the West Virginia Senate race.  Joe Manchin’s newest ad campaigns proves that point moot.  It’s hard to genuinely do this wackiness justice by way of just words, however I will wholeheartedly do my best.

It’s that time of the year again, election season, and the cooky ads are nearly as populous as the amount of money poured into financing them.  We’ve seen some intentionally ridiculous ones, Republican Dan Fenelli’s videos that use skin tone to determine what a terrorist looks like particularly strikes my memory, and we’ve seen some that were unintentionally… well… hilarious.  Our hats go off to Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch, I’m you” videos.  Though not necessarily a perennial political powerhouse, she seems to have a budding career as a comedienne if she keeps this up.

When you think of funny ads, generally West Virginia is not the first place you look.  This, however, will clearly be the case no longer.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →

Ted Nugent to Campaign For Raese, Get Your Kevlar

7:36 am in 2010 election, Conservatism, Elections, Politics, Republican Party by Chuckie Corra

(from The Toad on Flickr)

Joe Manchin continues to climb up in the polls, and Republicans are getting nervous.  The panic was evident when they bussed Sen. John McCain all the way to Charles Town earlier this week to stump for John Raese.  The heat is now on and new polls show Manchin strengthening his lead.  Michael Steele and Mitch McConnell were confident they could seat a GOP in West Virginia with Raese just a few weeks ago, but things are now beginning to look grim and the smiles are beginning to fade from the WV GOP as they begin to pull out the big guns… literally.

The “Motor City Madman” will be making an appearance in the Mountain State in support of John Raese.  You may know him better as Ted Nugent.  Yes the crazy gun-toting, less-government proclaimin’, NRA till death Rock nut job is making his political views known yet again.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →

Where is the Coverage For the Contentious Races?

11:09 pm in Uncategorized by Chuckie Corra

(from BlueRobot on Flickr)

Christine O’Donnell isn’t a witch, she’s one of us.  That’s great but she is currently trailing Chris Coons by an average 17 points. Carl Paladino enjoys e-mailing bestiality videos with a horse and a women to his friends.  Thats all well and good but Paladino is the only one getting plowed, in the polls.  Andrew Cuomo leads Paladino by a monstrous average of 27 points.

These two races are some of the least contentious in the country (if you consider how many races are exponentially closer than these two).  Its understandable that the Carl Paladino e-mails and Christine O’Donnell’s constant gaffes make good television and provide decent entertainment, but why can’t we get decent coverage on races that are actually up in the air?  . . . Read the rest of this entry →

The God Factor and The U.S. Senate

8:57 pm in 2010 election, Elections, Politics by Chuckie Corra

By now most have seen, or at least heard about, the ad that Jack Conway (D-KY) is running to attack Rand Paul (R-KY) on religion. Conway took, what I consider to be, a cowardly last-ditch effort to discredit Rand Paul. In a race where Paul has been consistently leading Conway by 4-8 points (depending on the poll), Conway was clearly desperate to hit Paul and hit him hard.

For those who are not familiar with the ad, Conway attacks Rand Paul’s membership in a “secret society that mocked Christianity” and allegedly called the Holy Bible a “hoax.” The ad also mentioned references to the now famous Aqua-Buddha supposed worship.

Make no mistake, this post is in no way an endorsement for Rand Paul. I find myself agreeing with Jack Conway on many more things than Paul, however this lowball attack ad campaign is ridiculous. Religion should be disregarded from political elections and a heavier focus should be placed on policy issues, and what candidates are going to bring to the office they are wishing to hold (however that would be in a perfect world).

This provides a perfect segue for the latest installment of religious-based smear tactics, courtesy of everyone’s favorite millionaire: John Raese.

Raese, who has already piled a wholesome $2.4 Million of his own money into his campaign, is starting to realize he’s in trouble. The polls show Manchin up anywhere between 2 and 5 points, and Raese has begun to panic. Where to turn from here? How does a plutocrat of questionable residency appeal to the West Virginia voter base?

With just ten days before the November mid-term elections, one of the closest and most important Senate races in the country has entered the realm of “silly.”

Republican U.S. Senate John Raese affirmed his support for Lance Schultz, president of the West Virginia Conservative Fund. Mr. Schultz criticized Mr. Manchin, saying the governor supports cap and trade legislation. He added that any candidate that supports such legislation “denies the existence of God, denies the truth of His work.”

“Well I tell you, you can’t have any better support than Lance Schultz,” Mr. Raese said following the event.

(Source: The State Column)

Granted Raese did not claim directly that Manchin denies the existence of God, he didn’t denounce it either. The most baffling part of this quote is that Joe Manchin is an outspoken critic of the Cap and Trade Legislation (he literally shoots a hole in the bill)

Hopefully, John Raese will take the higher road and not pursue the issue any further. It’s a shame when candidates get so desperate that they have to question the opponent’s personal faith in God to score political points.

9/11 Conspiracies, Global Warming Myths, and More! (A Recap of the WV Senate Debate)

10:35 pm in Uncategorized by Chuckie Corra

A seldom-mentioned debate occurred Tuesday night hosted by West Virginia University. The debate involved four candidates (yes thats right, four) vying for the coveted West Virginia Senate seat. The big names were there and made the most noise — Joe Manchin for the Democrats and John Raese for the Republicans. However, there were two other candidates who made their views known in the debate.

Jesse Johnson, representing the environmental-oriented Mountain Party, and Jeff Becker of the Constitution Party were also featured on stage for the debate.

The mud was slung and talking points were plentiful on Tuesday night. Everything from global-warming being a myth, to repealing parts of "Obamacare" to 9/11 conspiracies (I can’t make this up) were tossed around the table as West Virginia Public Broadcasting aired the debate in its entirety.

A link to the debate can be found here on C-SPAN

Lets start with Jeff Becker, the crowd favorite no doubt. (Constitution Party)

Becker’s performance was painful to say the least. He was clearly a stranger to debates of any kind and often found himself fumbling through sentences and not answering the question asked. His defining moment, if you can call it that, was when the question was asked regarding troop increases in Afghanistan. Becker, instead of answering the question, used the allotted time to rant about 9/11 and how there were falsehoods with the coverage and lack of conclusive evidence. This was his only real contribution, with the exception of wanting to repeal the 17th amendment mentioned on more than one occasion.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →

WV-Sen: GOP Candidate’s Wife Unable to Vote For Him

6:21 pm in Uncategorized by Chuckie Corra

Beautiful Palm Beach County in Florida, where John Raese’s wife is registered to vote
(From milan.boers on Flickr)

The Republican candidate for US Senate in West Virginia is John Raese, a wealthy businessman who owns properties in Colorado and Florida in addition to West Virginia. Raese has received heat from his Democratic challenger, Governor Joe Manchin, for not being a true West Virginia resident, to which Raese denies vehemently.

However, CQ Politics released an official statement showing some very interesting news that will no doubt hurt the Raese campaign. John Raese’s wife, Elizabeth Raese, has been registered to vote in Palm Beach County, FL since 2001 and is unable to vote in West Virginia because of this. Raese continues to claim that he holds limited ties to the Sunshine State, however this news certainly doesn’t aid that argument in his favor.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →

The Hottest Senate Election This Midterm: West Virginia?

11:05 am in Uncategorized by Chuckie Corra

[Photo: studio08denver via Flickr]

Taking a look at the polls for the West Virginia Senate Special election a few months ago, Democrat and current WV Governor Joe Manchin was on top of GOP Candidate John Raese by double-digits. Today, however, this has all changed. Raese has bolstered his name recognition by running ads stating that he won’t be a "rubber-stamp for Barack Obama" while claiming that Joe Manchin ultimately will be. In a state where the 2008 election went overwhelmingly to John McCain, this tactic has proven effective.

Manchin has enjoyed across the board favorable ratings as Governor in the Mountain State for most of his tenure as governor, but is currently behind Raese by roughly 4.5 pts (according to a recent RealClearPolitics). Manchin had once held double-digit leads on Raese, but recently the tables have turned in favor of the Republican Party’s candidate

Public Policy Polling has released a new poll putting Joe Manchin Ahead of Raese.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →