POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Smith (Politico): Something’s happening (for Obama) in West Virginia

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 19, 2008

Ben Smith writes on politico.com …

  • West Virginia’s Democratic leaders Saturday embarked on a winding, eight-county bus tour through the south of the state, and in one small mining town after another, they sold Barack Obama to small crowds of Democrats with remarkable directness. 
    • He is black,” was the first thing Kenny Perdue, the state’s AFL-CIO president, said. “The gentleman that’s in the White House and John McCain — they’re white men. And I’m absolutely ashamed of what George W. Bush has done to this country.” 
    • “There’s a lot of people out there think you’re a bunch of inbred, redneck racists,” he told a couple dozen people wearing union hats and jackets. “They say you won’t vote for a man who’s black.” 
    • “The rest of the country thought when Kennedy ran we were a bunch of ignorant, inbred religious bigots,” he said. “They were wrong, and we made Kennedy president.” 
  • West Virginia isn’t exactly a battleground state. 
    • After Obama was shellacked here by Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary – the southern coal counties voted for her by margins as high as eight to one – both his campaign and John McCain’s assumed he’d lose it. 
    • But four recent public polls suggested the race here has closed from a double-digit McCain lead to a slender one.
  • John McCain is confident that ignorant redneck racists are not going to vote for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama is black,” said Casey.
  • But voters and politicians alike supported the notion, suggested by the polls, that something is happening here.

Read the entire post at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14707.html


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