West Virginia's state Democratic Party announced Monday that three top party officials — Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Rep. Nick Rahall — will not attend the Democratic National Convention in September, where, as of now, Barack Obama is to be nominated as the party's candidate. The message sent by more than 40% of West Virginia's Democrats who voted for a convicted felon sitting in jail rather than vote for Obama in the Presidential primary, clearly carried more weight than the "loyalty oaths" rammed through at the recent party convention by Obama party hacks.
Tomblin's campaign spokesman issued a blunt explanation: "Governor Tomblin had made the decision to not attend the Democratic National Convention. As he has said he has serious problems with both Governor Romney and President Obama. The governor feels that his time is best spent working in West Virginia to move our state forward instead of attending a four-day political rally in North Carolina."
Senator Manchin said he intends "to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia, whether that's representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home, where I can hear about their concerns and ideas to solve the problems of this great nation," according to his spokesman.
Both of those officials have refused to endorse Obama's reelection campaign. Representative Rahall still says he does, but his spokesman told West Virginia's Daily Mail that "coming on the heels of Labor Day, Congressman Rahall prefers to spend that time in West Virginia with his constituents."
Meanwhile, just over the border in Pennsylvania, where Obama ran unopposed in the April primary, "Politics PA," reported on Monday after analyzing those ballots, that in 27 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, over 30% of the Democrats who turned out to vote in the primary refused to vote for Obama, and left the Presidential line blank. In six counties, Obama abstentionism was over 40%—similar to the massive anti-Obama votes of West Virginia, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Obama ultimately finished with 616,000 votes overall in his uncontested primary—nearly 100,000 votes less than were cast in the contested Democratic primary for state attorney general.