Video: Manchin’s got a gun …

posted at 2:05 pm on October 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When Republicans created campaign ads featuring firearms, the Left howled about mindlessness, violence, and intimidation.  Will they make the same complaint about Joe Manchin’s new campaign ad, “Dead Aim”?  Manchin muscles up in his ad in an attempt to paint himself as the more conservative candidate in the West Virginia race for the US Senate. He fires a shot into a copy of the cap-and-trade bill to emphasize his opposition to it:

There are, curiously, a few weasel words in this alpha-male-fest. Manchin pledges to help repeal the “bad parts” of ObamaCare, but neglects to mention what those might be. The federal mandate? If that gets repealed, then the entire fiscal structure of ObamaCare collapses, which is one of the reasons conservatives aren’t nearly as picky about their opposition to it. Manchin also promises to get the Obama administration “off of our backs and out of our pocketbooks,” but neatly avoids the issue of Senate control and the ability for the current Democratic leadership to control the agenda.

And that’s the key point, not the bullet hole through the cap-and-trade bill. Manchin can do everything he pledges in this ad as governor, as Manchin proved with his lawsuit over EPA interference in the mining industry. John Raese can and will do everything Manchin pledges as a member of the US Senate, plus Raese can put Republicans one step closer to gaining control of the Senate and ending the agenda that comprises ObamaCare, cap-and-trade, and runaway tax hikes and government expansion. Nothing Manchin says in this ad makes a case for West Virginians to send Manchin to the Senate rather than just keep him in place and send a Republican to stop the Democrats on Capitol Hill. Voters can still have their cake and eat it too, and they’ll almost certainly decide to do just that in three weeks.

Update: West Virginia Red says that Manchin has a credibility gap in his new-found opposition to ObamaCare, too:

  • MANCHIN IN SEPT. 2009: “I Am Totally Behind Health Care Reform.” (Remarks by Gov. Manchin, UMWA Labor Day Rally, www.youtube.com, 2009)
  • MANCHIN IN MARCH 2010 (7 DAYS BEFORE HOUSE PASSAGE): “I’d Be For It.” (National Governors Association Health Care Roundtable, C-SPAN, 03/15/10)
  • MANCHIN IN APRIL 2010 (AFTER OBAMACARE WAS SIGNED INTO LAW): “[M]att Turner, spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin, said the governor supported the legislation.” (Walt Williams, “Health Care Reform Has Unknown Costs For State,” The State [WV] Journal, 4/2/10)
  • SEPT. 9, 2010 RASMUSSEN MOVES WV SENATE RACE TO “TOSS UP”: Poll Also Shows 65% of West Virginians Favor Repeal Of Health Care. (West Virginia Senate: Manchin (D) 50%, Raese (R) 45%, Rasmussen Reports, 09/09/10)
  • MANCHIN IN SEPT. 18, 2010: “I Wouldn’t Have Voted For The Final Version Of That Thing With The Way That It Came Out,” (“Manchin health record mixed,” Charleston Gazette, 09/18/10)
  • SEPT. 21, 2010 PPP POLL SHOWS MANCHIN LOSING TO JOHN RAESE 46-43: “PPP’s First Look At The West Virginia Senate Contest Finds A Very Tight Race With John Raese Up 46-43 On Joe Manchin, A Result Within The Poll’s Margin Of Error.” (“Close Race In West Virginia,” Public Policy Polling, 09/21/10)
  • MANCHIN ON SEPT. 26, 2010 SUPPORTS REPEAL OF OBAMACARE: “Pressed On His Support For Repeal, Manchin Clarified That He Favored ‘Repealing The Things That Are Bad In That Bill.’” (“Manchin Calls For Partial Repeal Of Health Reform,” RealClearPolitics, 09/27/10)

Here’s his September 2009 attitude towards “this administration,” fortunately captured on video:

Talk about shooting one’s self in the foot …


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Manchin, your best bet to stop cap and trade is to get out and vote for Raese.

Vashta.Nerada on October 11, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Isn’t referring to the health care bill as ‘ObamaCare’ racist?

murty on October 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

BWAHAHHAHAHHHA…

This guy is now calling for a full REPEAL!

tetriskid on October 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

On camera he seems sincere , but he’s still a Democrat. Give him a senate seat, and he’ll vote line by line with Dems. His will to be an independent thinker, or so he says, will evaporate the moment he finishes taking his oath. This is why he wants it so bad. To help the progressive, socialist, communist cause.

capejasmine on October 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

“If you can’t fix that, repeal the whole thing.” – Manchin on ObamaCare

tetriskid on October 11, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Check the hole to make sure it really exists and there’s a bullet in it… and then come back a few hours later and make the same check.

unclesmrgol on October 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Why is this guy even running as a Democrat?

That’s the biggest hit against him. He can’t outrun it.

If he were smart, he would have left the Democrats and run as an independent.

Probably would have won that way, people are looking at Democrat brand the way you look at dog crap on the bottom of your shoe.

NoDonkey on October 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM

He’s proud to be a coal miners daughter union-puppet.

portlandon on October 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I guess Democrats are so extremist and evil they are driving guys like this out of their party.

tetriskid on October 11, 2010 at 2:13 PM

And I will keep saying these lies until I am elected as Senator, then I will vote with the Democrats.

tommer74 on October 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Second look at CO governor’s race?

I’m not big on Tancredo, but if the R drops, surely he’d win.

lorien1973 on October 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Talk about shooting one’s self in the foot …

i hear amputations are cheap nowadays after that….

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM

It is stories like this that are the reason why I chose never to get involved in politics.

Except to vote to make sure bozos like this don’t get elected.

pilamaye on October 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Red State Update Will Make Your Campaign Ad

Response to Manchin outsourcing talent for “Hickey” campaign ad. It’s a lot cheaper to hire the real thang.

$120.00 that’s not negotiable or an endorsement GRIN.

Dr Evil on October 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Sorry this was a response to the attack ad on Manchin.

Dr Evil on October 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Another “mistake” by the NRA.

retiredeagle on October 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Isn’t referring to the health care bill as ‘ObamaCare’ racist?

murty on October 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’ve noticed the word ObamaCare doesn’t get flagged by my spell check. What does Steve Jobs know that the res of us don’t?

Tommy_G on October 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Manchin… Supporting Cap & Trade (Carbon Tax)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzt2VLWpFVQ

mankai on October 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I wonder what he was aiming at?

Bad parts of Obamacare?

We don’t even know what the bad parts of the Obamacare monstrosity are yet.

Repeal it you Jackass!

Chip on October 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM

And I will keep saying these lies until I am elected as Senator, then I will vote with the Democrats.

tommer74 on October 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Are you quoting Mark Warner there? Or Jim Webb?

hawksruleva on October 11, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Important questions to ask Manchin regarding his conversion:

Did you ask members of the WV delegation to consider voting against ObamaCare? Why not?

Is the individual mandate in ObamaCare unconstitutional?

mockmook on October 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

What a phony.

And where is the hearing and eye protection? I thought the NRA was all about safety.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Putz.
You can’t fix stupid.
There is no fixing ANY of this.
I hope WV isn’t full of morons like the ones I have known.
Beckley & the New River Gorge area has its share of welfare deadbeats.
I know-I’ve been there & seen it up real close.

We all need to quit calling for repeal & get local by supporting nullification-10th.
This is the path to the states taking back the power they forfeited to the feds.
Remember that the federal beast exists at the pleasure of the states: not the other way around.

Badger40 on October 11, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I’m trying to attach the video of Manchin at the union rally and Manchin supporting Cap & Trade as video responses to the ad, but they keep disappearing.

mankai on October 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The myth of the moderate Democrat has been shattered over the past 2 years more than ever.

This guy is shooting blanks.

Yakko77 on October 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I wonder why he chose to shoot at a copy of the Cap & Trade bill and not 0bamacare?

Probably because 2600 pages is a lot for a bullet to pass through.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM

What a phony.
And where is the hearing and eye protection? I thought the NRA was all about safety.
UltimateBob on October 11, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Yep, took a look at the ad again and didn’t see any.

As you said What a Phony.

Try doing that properly with a Sport Utility Rifle and at least try to be a bit more genuine.

Chip on October 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM

A Republican running this ad would be excoriated by the MSM. Guaranteed.

Chris of Rights on October 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Manchin… Supporting Cap & Trade (Carbon Tax)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzt2VLWpFVQ Manchin…

This ad is a killer for Manchin. Consider posting this Ed. I really hope the Raese campaign gets it on local TV.

humdinger on October 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM

people are looking at Democrat brand the way you look at dog crap on the bottom of your shoe.

NoDonkey on October 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Well, with dog crap you’re thinking, “At least I can wash it off.” With Democrats you just can’t seem to get rid of them.

TugboatPhil on October 11, 2010 at 4:13 PM

I wonder why he chose to shoot at a copy of the Cap & Trade bill and not 0bamacare?

Probably because 2600 pages is a lot for a bullet to pass through.

UltimateBob on October 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM

They would need a grenade.

tommer74 on October 11, 2010 at 4:16 PM

If Obamacare taught us anything it is that there are no moderate and no principled demrats.

Don’t trust em WV!

Bart Stupak, Ben Nelson Traitor D NE,Mary Landrieu LA, Louisana purchase, Cornhusker Kickback, they all roll for the False Messiah, the Teleprompter Pinnochio, “Cousin Eddie” OblahBlah!

Kick em to the curb then kick into the street never to return again!

dhunter on October 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I’m really thinin I’m not renewing my NRA membership, whats’ that other organization, I’m not given my money to anyone dumb enough to believe a DemratW

dhunter on October 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Another “Democrat Incognito” ad.

We’ll help clarify: http://bit.ly/dwUtAp

The Zoo Keeper on October 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Can ah get me a huntin license?

2ipa on October 11, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Another “Democrat Incognito” ad.

We’ll help clarify: http://bit.ly/dwUtAp

Ouch!

humdinger on October 11, 2010 at 8:36 PM