Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), a conservative stalwart, donated $250 to Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). This is troubling news that could potentially hurt Republicans down-ticket in West Virginia.
Senator Joe Manchin is a moderate Democrat from West Virginia. He is potentially vulnerable for the following reasons:
1) PRO-LIFERS OPPOSE JOE MANCHIN: During the 2010 elections, then-Governor Joe Manchin was endorsed by the West Virginia Right to Life. While I had reservations about their endorsement, I knew that Joe Manchin had served as a pro-life governor. But after betraying his pro-life principles, they have retracted their endorsement from him for the 2012 election.
2) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Joe Manchin is so scared of showing up with President Obama that he won’t attend the Democrat National Convention. http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/06/west-virginia-dem-brass-skipping-convention-126525.html
Also, remember that during the Democrat West Virginia primary, President Obama lost 33% to a felon from Texas: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/obama-rerun/226279-1-in-3-west-virginia-democratic-primary-voters-choose-felon-over-obama
3) MITT ROMNEY LEADS IN WEST VIRGINIA: http://race42012.com/2011/01/27/poll-watch-public-policy-polling-west-virginia-2012-presidential-poll/
How will Joe Manchin win unless Republicans break from the GOP? How will he win if pro-lifers (who are a majority in West Virginia) don’t vote for him? What about the governor’s race where Bill Maloney has a chance to win over Democrat Governor Tomblin? If Joe Manchin wins, Tomblin will likely win. Tom Coburn is wrong to donate to Joe Manchin.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Senator Tom Coburn and have a huge respect for him. But this $250 donation is just plain wrong. In Wisconsin, Rep. Mark Neumann isattacking fellow Republican Eric Hovde for donating to Governor Doyle (D). I don’t think that any conservative should donate to an Obama-supporting Democrat. PERIOD!
(Cross posted from: http://llphsecondrevolution.wordpress.com/)