Red State Syndrome

A sad article in today’s Gazette indicates that both McCain and Obama have decided West Virginia is a solid red state in the General Election, so neither of them needs to bother with us. The comments that follow below the article are pretty depressing, too.

WV Democrats voted solidly for Hillary. OK, it’s obvious that Obama has the nomination locked up. But West Virginians can’t seem to get over the fact that the superdelegates decided to throw their weight behind Obama, as if their half a dozen votes would change the events at the upcoming convention. Obama has it locked up, get over it. The only thing the superdelegates can do now is throw their support behind the presumptive candidate and try to get some voice in the VP slot, or maybe convince Obama that WV is not a McCain lock, and get him to get his ass into West Virginia so the voters can see and touch him.

If West Virginians are such racists, I wonder what the black population in McDowell County thinks about Obama staying clear of West Virginia? But I digress.

Even McCain is taking WV for granted, which I find insulting, and I’m a Dem! I’m insulted that either of these guys think they can count on WV to vote the way they think. I’m insulted that neither one thinks we’re worth their effort. I only hope that Obama’s lack of interest doesn’t make WV Democrats vote Republican yet again.

I propose that WV Democrats, if they get pissed off enough at Obama’s disinterest, just not vote at all in the Presidential race. Oh, definitely go to the polls and vote for the other races, but if WV is going to be a Red State, don’t give them your vote to count. Just don’t check either McCain or Obama. Imagine if, after the votes are counted, it’s noted that there were ten thousand fewer votes cast in the Presidential race than in the others. That might just make a statement.

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