Yea Sen. Manchin, you better look pensive because you and your state of West Virginia are in big-time trouble because of Obama’s failed policies on coal and other fossil fuels which are costing your state jobs, revenue and YOUR votes.
We know that the Obama administration’s all-out assault on the coal industry has made enemies of energy producers, consumers, businesses, construction workers, utility workers, miners, and anyone who flips a light switch.
As election time draws nearer and the President shows no sign of reigning in his runaway EPA, we may be able to add unions and Democrats from coal-powered states to that laundry list.
With United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts likening EPA head Lisa Jackson’s treatment of the coal industry to the Navy Seals taking out Osama bin Laden and hinting the UMW may not endorse President Obama for re-election, it is considered certain that West Virginia’s five electoral votes will be in the Republican column this fall.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) went a step farther, publicly stating that he may not vote for his party’s incumbent president:
“I’ll look at the options,” Manchin said this week. The last three years “have made it pretty rough” for his state, he said…
“Manchin said his own vote will depend on how his constituents view the contest.
“The people in West Virginia, they basically look at the candidates—whatever you’re running for, whether it be the president itself, or whatever—[they look at] the performance and the result that’s been attained,” Manchin said when asked how he will vote. “Right now in West Virginia, these first three and a half years haven’t been that good to West Virginia. So, then you look [at] what the options will be, who will be on the other end.”
With the Obama EPA showing no sign of stopping its quest to ransack the coal industry, and the recent revelation of the agency’s “philosophy” of “crucifying” energy producers that don’t fall in line, its looking like the pro-business community may have some diverse allies in the legislative battle against the EPA’s new cap-and-tax rule that looms ahead (more details to come on that).
FYI no word from the other Dem senator from WVA, Jay Rockefeller. Could be because unlike Manchin he ain’t up for re-elect.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks