Don Blankenship Is Not Going Quietly

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Blankenship was convicted of a misdemeanor. He was acquitted on the felony charges.

    The residency question (the Constitution says “Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen”) is interesting but probably immaterial. The biggest hurdle against that — his probation, that confines him to Nevada unless he gets permission from his probation officer or a federal judge — expires later this week. If he wins the nomination, I assume he’ll take care of the residency details.Report

  2. Avatar Chip Daniels says:

    Not-The-Onion:
    “Why Do All These Crazy Evil Bastards Keep Running For Control Of Our Party, Ask The Voters Who Elected Donald Trump”Report

  3. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    If the Republican Party really thinks that Don Blankenship would be disastrous as a politician, they would rally behind Manchin like French conservatives lined behind Macron.

    My suspicion is that Republicans do not like Blankenship because they don’t think he can win. They don’t substantively disagree with him though. Their inability to do the right thing for the country is the reason behind growing fascism.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe in reply to LeeEsq says:

      The Republicans think Blankenship is a disastrous politician *for the goal of defeating Manchin*. They will rally around him the way they did Moore (who they* also tried to defeat in the primary). The difference is perhaps with multiple simultaneous races they may just punt if Blankenship gets the nom.

      *you know, ‘they’Report

  4. Avatar Kolohe says:

    It will be interesting to see how party registration effects things here. A plurarity of West Virginia voters are still Democrats, and (as I understand WV hybrid rules) thus inelligible to vote in the Republican primary. The majority of voters are nontheless Republicans Plus Unaffilitated, but I don’t think there is a good read yet on what ‘type’ of voters both these categories actually are. (I would guess that the great majority of unaffiliated are going to vote in the GOP primary vice the Dem one, both from ideological tendency and that the Dem primary is not very competitive)Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Like Moore, the GOP is reaping what they sowed with Blankenship. They created the atmosphere where constant resentments against “elites”* leads to a convicted CEO with a 20 million dollar salary being labeled a man of the people. Mainly because he makes racist comments and offends the right people.

    *My view is that elite is an aesthetic sneer, not an economic one. Elitists in America are anyone with slightly arty tastes. An NYC public school teacher who likes going to museums is elite. Blankenship is somehow not.Report

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