40% of West Virginia Dems would rather have a jail bird than Obama as president
Perhaps the prison inmate and the president could switch places?
Democrats-those are members of the president's party-voting in the West Virginia presidential primary gave 40% of their votes to a man whom the Associated Press identified as a federal prison inmate.
Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, the AP reported. With 90% of precincts reported, he had 40.3% of the vote to Mr. Obama's 59.7%
Mr. Judd was leading or had won in at least five of the state's more than 50 counties.
Mr. Obama is not likely to contest West Virginia this fall, much less win it. Still, the results show why Democrats in the state have been so eager to draw distance from the president, and they may signal problems for the president in other parts of the region.
Earlier this month, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released a statement saying he was not yet able to endorse either Mr. Obama or the presumed Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.
Sen. Joe Manchin has been similarly noncommittal about the presidential race.
Mr. Judd has run in prior elections-for president in 2008 and mayor of Albuquerque in 2007, for example. For the curious, he has laid out a manifesto of sorts in a filing with the Federal Election Commission that touches on health care, the power of special interests and other matters.
Still, liberal pundit Alan Colmes has the proper response down cold - it's racism, of course. "Many West Virginians Prefer Prison Inmate To Barack Obama Because Of Race," opines Mr. Colmes. Of course, it couldn't be because of Obama's attack on the coal industry, a horrible economy, disappearing jobs, an arrogant demeanor toward rural Americans, and Obamacare. That would be too easy. We must look deeper into the souls of men - something only liberals are qualified to do - and glean the true nature of opposition to the president.
Mr. Colmes may see hooded figures and burning crosses in the vote. The rest of us see what is really there; an unpopular incumbent running away from his dismal record.