May 7, 2018

Wait a Minute, I've Seen This Before

Let us inaugurate the 117th Congress category and briefly toast this humble blog's longevity.

And we open with -- WHOOOBOY! -- Don Blankenship, running for the GOP Senatorial nomination in West Virginia:

Jim Geraghty says:

(Separately from being a bad person, but in the category of being a bad candidate, his onscreen persona is . . . challenging. I've seen more natural and comfortable statements in hostage tapes.)

But, less amusingly:
If Republican primary voters in West Virginia select the worst possible candidate, right after Republican primary voters in Alabama chose the worst possible candidate . . . it starts to become really difficult to get emotionally invested in the fate of the Republican party. What's the point of pulling for this party if its voters keep nominating the worst possible choice over and over again?

To the President's credit, he has come out early and strongly against Blankenship. The worst part of the Roy Moore fiasco in Alabama was RNSC and Administration complacency.

117th Congress Posted by John Kranz at May 7, 2018 10:17 AM

In Alabama, neither Trump nor the RNC were rooting for Moore in the primary.
It was only after the voters had chosen their guy.
If Blankenship it will be curious to see their choice for round 2.

Posted by: Terri Goon at May 7, 2018 2:12 PM

Hmmm. Not a senate candidate from "central casting" but he's doing one thing I'll stand up and applaud - speaking out about government regulatory and judicial corruption. Whether running for senate or not is a good idea, opening the dome to let the sun shine in most certainly IS. Let's agree that his claims of unfair and even illegal prosecution deserve to be investigated, even though he was the CEO of an eevil coal company.

Posted by: johngalt at May 8, 2018 2:59 PM

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So, if a candidate does "one thing you'll applaud" it is fine for him to make outrageous, baseless accusations ("Cocaine Mitch?" Really? Out of any disagreements with the Majority Leader, the one thing I never leaped to was "Dude looks hopped up on Coke.") and FILTHY, real-live racist slurs against Secretary Chao.

No, no, no, no, no. He doesn't have a point. It's not worth looking into. If this is where the Republican party is -- and I fear it may be -- I cannot run from it quickly enough.

Posted by: jk at May 8, 2018 4:18 PM

"Cocaine Mitch" undoubtedly alludes to this:

Posted by: johngalt at May 8, 2018 4:38 PM

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Thanks, I was not aware of the charges against his Father-in-laws' boat. It answers a question (I suspect Leader McConnell would be all the better for a few snorts).

It does not improve my impression of Mister Blankenship.

For the record, I defended Christine O'Donnell and Ken Buck. I wish they had not defeated more electable candidates but politics ain't beanbag.

I cannot and will not defend Todd Akin, Roy More, or -- now -- Don Blankenship. We are allowed to say "you may be of my party, but you do not speak for me."

Posted by: jk at May 8, 2018 4:54 PM

Turns out he only speaks for 1 in 5 WV Republicans. He finished in third place.

Posted by: johngalt at May 8, 2018 11:01 PM

Yessir. Mea culpas above.

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