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View Diary: WV-Sen: PPP, Shelley Moore Capito (R) Starts With A Double Digit Lead Over Natalie Tennant (D) (12 comments)

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  •  The problem (2+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, prfb

    is that Capito is not a Tea Partier, and does not have a Tea party voting record. At least up until now. She is a moderate, although she might try to avoid that characterization in a primary. So far, the Tea Party message hasn't gone over too well in WV.

    The State Democrats have shot themselves in the foot in WV. In an attempt to deflect blame for the loss of coal jobs, which is a function of the market place, they have laid the blame on President Obama. The gas jobs, which should be replacing the lost coal jobs, are mostly going to out of staters, and that is causing a lot of resentment.

    Of course, there should have been some longer term effort to start developing alternatives to coal and gas jobs in WV, But here we are.

    It hasn't helped that the EPA proposed largely meaningless regulation on new coal plants last week. The way the market is now, there are no plans to build new coal plants anytime soon. All the Obama administration has managed to do is institute some feel good regulation that will have no short term effect, and most likely imperil the seat in WV, and the chance for a pickup in KY.

    •  That tactic certainly doesn't leave room... (2+ / 0-)
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      NorthBronxDem, schumann

      ...for a vision of new and different jobs for West Virginia's economy. Or of Appalachia in in general. The realization of importers of coal - particularly China - that they cannot continue to poison themselves is only going to crater the current export market faster.

      There is a bi-partisan Elite that desires to maintain existing revenue streams and profit margins in spite of evolving conditions, and Coal is the face of that in WV as well as KY and PA. In the very short term, certainly in the space of this coming election cycle, it will be easy to constantly scream "Your jobs are at stake!" even as none of those states has created a net new job in the industry for at least a decade. So maybe they can skate by this election cycle, maybe even the next one as well. But Big Carbon's hold on political power will crash dramatically within our lifetimes. I just hope we can pick up the pieces and stabilize our communities when it happens.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 11:57:33 AM PDT

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