EDITORIAL: Raese Stump Speech Even More Relevant in 2012

HNN Staff
Raese talks with voters at a recent function in Wheeling
Raese talks with voters at a recent function in Wheeling

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese is one of those rare birds in West Virginia politics: while he may update his message for relevancy, fundamentally his position never changes. 

Raese has been on a statewide campaign swing of late, going nearly the length of the state from Charleston to Wheeling.  Many of those attending the forums he's participated in have heard Raese's mashed potato circuit message before. 

However, with President Obama's leftward ideological bent having real and dire consequences for West Virginia industry, Raese's pro-business, pro-jobs gospel has a fuller ring of truth to it.

"Folks, this is a do or die year for us here in West Virginia," Raese states, warming up to his subject.  "Obamacare isn't just something to get annoyed about as conservatives.  It's going to kill off many of our best small businesses, who are now mandated to pay exorbitant costs for their employees' insurance.  Ask some of them, they'll tell you. Do you think Obama even thought about those kinds of businesses, which are part of the backbone of West Virginia's economy?  Do you think he cares?"

Raese was able to go seven points ahead of Manchin in 2010 simply because Manchin spoke out in favor of the President's health care plan.  So what kind of hole has Manchin dug for himself by actually voting for Obamacare as one of his first votes as a U.S. Senator?  This, while representing a state that has consistently been opposed to both Obama and his health care reform plan.

Raese is a candidate this year because his polling and instincts tell him that West Virginians not only want to be done with Barack Obama but also anyone who has enabled him to help destroy our state economy.  That's bad news for Joe Manchin, who has tried--and failed--to fool everyone here into thinking that he's really opposed to Obama, when clearly, we see how close the two of them have become.

That was most evident with his "yes" vote for Obamacare, though there have been other vivid instances, too, which we will explore further as the campaign rolls along.

As the old Appalachian saying goes, Senator Manchin:  "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."  

This year, in this election, we won't be fooled so easily as in 2010. 

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