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Friday, August 04, 2017

Stuart Rothenberg takes on West Virginia. Loses

Stuart Rothenberg makes his living predicting elections.

He missed 2016. Bigly.

That may explain why he attacked West Virginians on Thursday as the man he predicted would lose last year addressed a huge crowd in Huntington, West Virginia.

Um, no. West Virginia's economy grew faster than any state not named Texas in the second quarter.

We have the lowest foreign born population.
Yes, he was trolling.

Salena Zito patiently tried to steer him right.
But he was having none of that.
It didn't take a rocket scientist to answer him.

But one did anyway.
I cannot top that.

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  1. That wife Stuart mentions .,. she wouldn't be Helena Handbasket, would she?

  2. All Hail Homer Hickam! Rothenberg was doing a Clintonian put-down.

  3. When you think you are an elite, but are really just a disposable apparatchik, you say stupid stuff like Stuart Rothenberg. He thinks his betters want this. Not really. It is embarrassing.

  4. There was a time when West Virginia was the jewel in the democrat's crown. It was the home and power base of KKK favorite son and "conscience of the Senate" Byrd.

    Now those same people are viewed as scum. How's that for being objective?

  5. I'm sure Stu's wife was thrilled to read his tweet lumping her father with the 'deplorables' he was slamming ("Trust me, I understand the coal miner hick father-in-law was one from another state)!!

  6. Sounds like stuart thinks West Virginians are just a "basket of deplorables." Way to go Mountaineers!

  7. Stuart Rottenberg should stick to smelling the butts of his bigoted friends.

  8. Don, are you familiar with McDowell County? It was profiled in the British Guardian as being too poor to support a Walmart.

    LBJ went there in 1957 as Senate Majority Leader and gave a speech promising to help

    President JFK mentioned it in a speech as being an area that needed help and promising to deliver.

    In one of the comments someone took them to task for voting for President Trump saying they didn't know what was good for them.

    I looked up the country in Wikipedia. It has the voting record. For the past 80+ years they have been reliably Democrat. In only 2 elections in that period did the Republican candidate for president get 40%, usually a lot less.

    In another forum I pointed that out and asked what good it did them? I suggested that however bad President Trump might be for them, he could hardly be worse than the Democrats.

    That brought on a severe mocking about how stupid I am.

    Might be interesting for you to take a look at McDowell sometime. I'd love to hear from someone on the ground there. As opposed to a Brit.

    John Henry

    1. Trump took McDowell 74% to 23%. All of coal country went Trump. Took every county. He beat Lincoln's 1864 record (state was formed in 1863) for presidential votes. There is no way to express just what a thrill -- what a turnaround -- this state has had since Coddy Johnson and Buck Harless convinced Bush 43 he could carry the state in 2000. Game changer.
      Johnson was the son of Bush's roomate at Yale. Harless was an old coal baron who started with a mule back around World War II.