Earlier this month, I wrote Dems Abandoning Obama and Joining GOP, in which I listed several Democrats that were not just abandoning President Barack Obama, but abandoning the entire Democratic Party and joining the ranks of the Republicans.
In the latest round of dissatisfaction with Obama and his performance so far, three West Virginia Democrats have announced that they will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina come September.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is an automatic superdelegate to the convention and as such would be expected to be in attendance. However, he recently announced that he intended to remain in his state and tend to the business at hand. The Governor has made it known that he has serious problems with Obama and his policies, but his spokesman has told reporters that he also has serious problems with Mitt Romney as well.
A great deal of speculation surrounds Tomblin’s vote in the state primary election which was held back on May 8, 2012. Tomblin has been asked many times if he voted for Obama but he repeatedly refuses to divulge if he did or didn’t, causing many to speculate that he may not have voted for Obama.
“I intend to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia, whether that’s representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home, where I can hear about their concerns and ideas to solve the problems of this great nation. I will remain focused on bringing people together for the next generation, not the next election."
Like Gov Tomblin, Manchin refuses to say whether or not he voted for Obama in the state’s primary or if he intends to vote for him in the general election in November. President Barack Obama is so unpopular that a Texas prison inmate won 10 counties and took 41% of the Democratic vote in the state’s primary. Consequently, Manchin has been trying to distance himself from the president as he is running for re-election to the Senate against Republican John Raese.
The third prominent West Virginia Democrat to announce that he will not be attending the DNC is Rep Nick Rahall. In his statement, Rahall said,
“We are a nation of immigrants. But I believe that the president is wrong on this issue -- as wrong as he can be. For every immigrant who came to this country legally, abiding by the process and respecting the law, this action is a slap in the face. For the American workers, who will be forced to compete for American jobs against immigrant aliens, this action is a slap in the face.”
Rahall spoke to his fellow members of the House of Representatives about Obama’s immigration announcement last Friday, saying,
“The Constitution requires the president to enforce the law. It authorizes the president to recommend changes to the law. It does not -- does not -- permit the president to selectively choose which laws to enforce. More important than party, and more important than presidential politics, must be the upholding of the constitution and seeing to it that the laws are faithfully executed. This action may make for good politics in some quarters of our Nation, but it sets a terrible and dangerous precedent.”
I’m glad to see a Democrat stand up and condemn Obama’s illegal executive order. If Rahall feels that strongly about the illegality of what Obama did, then I urge him to join Iowa Rep Steve King in filing a lawsuit and asking a federal court for an injunction to stop the executive order from taking place.
While it’s gratifying to see more Democrats taking issue with Barack Obama, their absence really won’t make much of a difference to the convention anyway. The only thing that could make a difference is if Obama is declared to be ineligible to run or hold the office of President of the United States by judges around the nation. One judge in particular, Judge Terry Lewis in Florida, may be making such a ruling in the very near future.