Tuesday, October 4, 2011


That's the sound emanating from the White House tonight after Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin narrowly won the special election for Governor of West Virginia. Tomblin was subjected to a withering barrage of attack ads by Republican Bill Maloney, who tried to tie Tomblin to President Obama at every turn. Here's the latest:

Democrat wins West Virginia governor's race

So what does this mean for 2012? Not much, I don't think. West Virginia is not Obama territory. He lost the state in 2008 and will lose it by a larger margin in 2012. Republicans will say that Tomblin should have won in a walk, while Democrats will say that a win is a win, no matter the final numbers. The West Virginia economy is doing better than most states and Democrats took full responsibility for that. Nationally, well...not so much.

The spin will thankfully only last for a few days.

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