Maybe tough talk has to do with surviving the coming midterm elections in the USA. When I watched the video posted here at the Guardian, I thought at first for sure Gov. Joe Manchin was some sort hard-right republican.
But no, he”s a West Virginian Democrat running for the Senate and now he’s acting like he means business. Of course it’s understandable that a Democrat from West Virginia would want to protect the economic interests of his own state, especially before an election.
The above clip is pretty emphatic – best anti-Cap & Tax clip I’ve seen in a long time. I admit I even felt myself bonding with Joe’s message. Susanne Goldenberg of the Guardian, however, is a little less enthusiastic about the ad, and writes:
A number of Democrats trying to hang on to their careers in these congressional elections are distancing themselves from Barack Obama, but only one, so far, is suggesting he would take a gun to the president’s energy policies.
Oooh, I do like that suggestion.
But I wonder if Manchin is just shootin blanks. And if not, can he shoot straight? Notice how the ad doesn’t show him hitting anything. That hole in the paper was probably put there by Sarah Palin, who I think can shoot a hell of a lot straighter than Manchin.
Many Democrats have a habit of talkin real tough when the GOP has the momentum, but then turn mushy later on (after the election). Right now Manchin is saying:
I sued the EPA and I’ll take dead aim at the cap and trade.
Well Joe, you got my vote – if you keep that promise. In Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly is also in a tough race, and he’s running TV ads calling climate change legislation “Nancy Pelosi’s energy tax”. Howabout just taking dead aim at the Cap&Trade bill too, Mr Donnelly? And don’t forget to pull the trigger.
The question is: Can we rely on these possible phonies to follow through on their promises? Talk is cheap and thousands of jobs are on the line. Check their records to be sure how they really vote.