May 14, 2008
Making Coal Even More White

Maureen Dowd today:

Obama breezed through West Virginia, the state he couldn’t charm even wearing a flag pin and promising to invest in “clean coal.”

Jimmy Carter was an expert at this sort of thing, too. His Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare had lately been enraging the tobacco belt by his attacks on smoking — but North Carolina’s support had been a key element in Carter’s election. So during the 1978 midterms the president visited a tobacco warehouse there and and delivered himself of this wonderful straddle: “We must find ways to make cigarettes even more safe.”

And when Carter was governor of Georgia he unveiled a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr., in the state capitol and soothed the crowd with, “The time for racism is past.” The subtle beauty of this bank shot may be clearly seen by substituting “slavery” for “racism.”


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 14, 2008 11:07 AM
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Some states you should just write off. There is no need to pander to the WV hillbillies and the coal companies that own them in order to get 5 measly electoral votes. When a candidate has to pretend to support an outright charade like "clean coal", it only hurts him/her among the informed electorate.

I'm seeing more and more the term "Low Information Voter" - a nice euphemism that blames the voter for the failures of the press and the secrecy of the government. My guess is that WV is full of LIV's.

Posted by: Charles on May 14, 2008 11:54 AM

John Edwards should be on the ticket. He can get many of the Hillary Clinton voters from WV and such. I'm hoping his endorsement will help in KY.

Posted by: Michael on May 14, 2008 9:47 PM

There are plenty of fine people we'd all love to hang out with in West Virginia. But the population is disproportionately elderly (second highest percentage to Florida) and thus disproportionately still possessed of perspectives that most of the rest of us have left behind.

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