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  • West Virginia Democrats Secede from the Convention

    Obama is in big trouble. Several prominent West Virginia Democrats have decided to protest the President's policies by skipping the Democratic National Convention this September. And as every student of U.S. politics knows, "As Appalachia goes, so goes the nation." It was true for overalls and meth mouth, and it's true for presidential politics

    Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Nick Rahall, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin all said they would avoid the convention, which will take place in Charlotte, N.C. this September. They are concerned that links to President Barack Obama could hurt their re-election chances.

    In his defense, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has a problem with both Romney and President Obama. Not just that neither candidate can spit chaw without it dribbling all over their elitist chins, but other important stuff that have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that one is Mormon and the other is black.

    Breast your race card, liberals! This is not about racism. Obama lost West Virginia to Hillary Clinton by 41% in 2008 and a white prison inmate got 40% of the primary vote earlier this year, but that doesn't mean bigotry has this state by the short hairs.

    Maybe a Republican will have a different take…

    West Virginia GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas said, according to The Hill, "We all know the only reason they're refusing to attend the DNC Convention is they're afraid to tell the people of West Virginia who they support for President, and any attempt to suggest otherwise is political spin aimed at purposefully misleading the voters," said West Virginia GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas in a statement.

    Wonder what they're afraid of? Will a group of angry voters burn an Obama "O" into their lawns?

    Considering that West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the Civil War to be a part of the Union, they sure have come a long way, baby.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, Mitt Romney, Racism, Republicans, West Virginia
  • Quote Unquote: Blame

    Joe Biden on the 40 percent of West Virginia Democrats who voted for an incarcerated felon over President Obama


    "I don't blame people, they're frustrated, they're angry."


    This is actually a minor gaffe by Biden standards. On a normal day, he would have said that he voted against Obama as well.

    Tags: Democrats, Joe Biden, Primaries, Quote Unquote, West Virginia
  • The 10 Best Things About Inmate Keith Judd, Obama's Strongest Primary Opponent

    While Mitt Romney is still technically short of the requisite number of delegates needed to formally secure the Republican nomination, Barack Obama has been cruising towards re-nomination, having clinched a majority of delegates last month.

    That doesn't mean Obama is without Democratic challengers, it's just that the president's primary opponents are…special. Last night, for example, Keith Russell Judd, secured 41% of the vote against Obama's 59% in the West Virginia Democratic primary. Unfortunately for Judd, his political order of operations was all wrong: you're supposed to go to federal prison after winning elective office, not before.

    Yes, the man who gave Obama his biggest primary scare — the runner-up is anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who took 18% in the Oklahoma primary — is also known as Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, where he's serving a sentence for extortion. Which is in fact the least interesting thing about him. Behold, 10 "facts" about the perennial presidential candidate, as self-reported in the candidate's Project Vote Smart biography, in honor of the 10 West Virginia counties in which Judd bested the president…

    1. Just like the president, Judd will have issues with his birth certificate. He lists his mother as Lillian Russell, a silent-film star who died in 1922.

    2. …and his father is reported as "Homer T. Judd. He designed the first Atomic Bomb and worked for the Atomic Energy Commissions 30 years."

    3. He's a movie star, having played "Charlie" in Heaven's A and O, a video produced at Allenwood Low Security Federal Prison.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Crime, Democrats, Primaries, West Virginia
  • One of a Kind Candidate: Michael Davis, U.S. House of Representatives, Elkins, West Virginia

    Michael Davis

    Michael Davis, a U.S. House of Representatives candidate from Elkins, West Virginia, is an environmentalist who supports cuts to the military and taxing the wealthy. He's taking on incumbent U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in the state's Republican primary, and — wait, the state's Republican primary? Screeching car tire sounds!

    Davis was a red-blooded Democrat, but he morphed into a red-blooded Republican last fall in order to challenge Capito, because apparently we can do that now. Davis, who calls himself a progressive Republican, says he is the only "true Republican" in the race. That's a Republican who, again, wants higher taxes on the rich and more investments in green energy. I will admit that typing this makes me feel rather uncomfortable. I'm a pretty open-minded guy, but if we don't protect the sanctity of party affiliations, we'll open up this country to an epidemic of man-on-Blue-Dog action.

    "I feel like I'm really part of the American party. I'm 100 percent for the 100 percent, and it seems like both parties are just concerned with getting 50 percent plus one," Davis says. He's like a beautifully grotesque donkey-elephant hybrid [Ed. note: donklephant!] who supports legalizing marijuana.

    But in the end, Davis had to choose one of the two major parties, so he went with the one he's in (for now). Third-party candidates rarely fare well, here in America. We want proud, strong true-or-false quizzes, not the hand-wringing of multiple choice. Essay questions are for Scandinavians.

    Beyond politics, Davis is an artist who looks a bit like and sounds a lot like televised narcotic Bob Ross, or if that reference is too old for you, like Justin Bieber if Justin Bieber had a 'fro and a public television show and painted whimsical nature scenery with such delight and calmness that it just washed away all the pain and sorrow in this wicked life. Like Bieber do.

    Also, I should mention that the other contender in the three-person race claims God told him to run. So there's that.

    Photo via

    Previously: Martin Casas, "Carpooler. Again."

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    Tags: One of a Kind Candidates, West Virginia
  • The United States of Unflattering Stereotypes

    How long does it take to travel to every state in the nation and mock it right to its face? About two minutes…

    I think it's really cool that Paul Jury traveled 19,000 miles in the service of writing his book States of Confusion, but you've got to wonder if it was really necessary. If he was really interested in seeing how everybody in the country really lives, couldn't he have just gone to a Wal-Mart in a Hoveround?

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