Priebus: Anti-coal Biden mines for votes in coal country

posted at 12:01 pm on May 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Occasionally, Hot Air will feature guest columns from high-ranking public figures to allow them to speak directly to our readers.  Today, we welcome Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, who responds to Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign appearances in Ohio and the Obama administration’s policies on coal and energy.

Vice President Biden is in Ohio coal country today.

Yes, the same Biden who said in 2008, “We’re not supporting clean coal,” and “No coal plants here in America!” Who even called coal a threat more dangerous than terrorism.

Coal country isn’t Obama country and for good reason. If Obama and Biden get a second term, anti-coal Cap-and-Trade will be at the top of their 2013 agenda.

So why would the veep venture to a community whose jobs he’d destroy?

Federal Inmate No. 11593-051. Last week in West Virginia, President Obama lost 41 percent of the vote (and 10 counties) in the Democrat primary to Keith Judd, a convicted felon.

And how does a sitting president lose 4 in 10 votes to a prisoner? By attacking a major state industry.

“A lot of folks here have real frustration with this administration’s stance on coal and energy,” the Chairman of West Virginia’s state Democrat Party explained. “They are frustrated and they are upset, and they wanted to send Obama a message.”

This has the Obama camp scared. In November, they have to win Ohio and Pennsylvania. But both states are also home to voters who earn their living from coal.

So Team Obama is scrambling to hide their anti-coal agenda. The campaign website’s “all-of-the-above” energy plan now includes clean coal, which was conspicuously absent until last week. How convenient.

As the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard noted, “Stabbed in the back by coal country in West Virginia…the Obama-Biden campaign has overnight discovered coal.”

But this does nothing to change the Obama-Biden record.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, said earlier this year, “This EPA is fully engaging in a war on coal, even though this country will continue to rely on coal as an affordable, stable and abundant energy source for decades to come.”

Obama and Biden didn’t care if jobs were lost under their regulations. They are, however, petrified of losing votes.

That brings Biden to Martin’s Ferry, Ohio—right across the border from West Virginia and not far from Pennsylvania.

But Biden’s undergone no coal conversion. He’s there mining votes. The EPA continues pumping out regulation after regulation, and the administration is just as devoted to a cap-and-tax regime as ever.

President Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board in 2008, touting Cap-and-Trade, “If somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them….”

That would be a disaster for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and all of coal country.

America needs an “all of the above” energy policy. But that’s not what President Obama is offering, no matter how his website has been edited.

As Gov. Romney says, President Obama isn’t for all of the above, he’s for “all the sources of energy that come from above the ground…. He just doesn’t like the things that come from below the ground.”

But more than just coal comes from below the ground. Coal brings with it jobs and paychecks and families’ livelihoods.

At a time of high unemployment, when 23 million Americans are struggling to find work, President Obama and his activist EPA would destroy those jobs.

Good luck to Vice President Biden as he tries to explain that.

The RNC also released this video today to remind voters of the disconnect between the White House and coal country:

You can read more about this here.

 

 


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Wasn’t his father a poor coal miner from England somewhere?

joe_doufu on May 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

But … but … Joe’s from Scranton! That alone should allow Obama to keep Pennsylvania in the Blue column, shouldn’t it?

jon1979 on May 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I saw pMSNBC discussing this ad this morning. Their heads were about to explode.

SouthernGent on May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Joe from Scranton!!!!

steebo77 on May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I’ll take Losing Presidential Policies for $600, Alex.

Freelancer on May 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Joe from Scranton!!!!

steebo77 on May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

genetic cesspool!

VegasRick on May 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Coal killing bastards.

birdhurd on May 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

What’s a few thousand livelyhoods in coal country worth to the people that live there?It should be a simple choice.Union dominated or not how are these states even in play?

docflash on May 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Good article and great ad Reince…

… Keep it up! Take off the gloves! Use their own record, policies, and words to pound them to dust!!!

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Let’s leave a chunk of coal for him Nov. 6th.

hillsoftx on May 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That Ad ought to play really well in West Virgina…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Welcome to Hot Air Mr. Priebus!

Someone should be following the VP around and explaining the striking difference in Romney’s coal policy and Obama’s.

Vince on May 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Haven’t you heard, Obama is quietly backing off this issue out of fear of losing some coal producing swing states. Heck, a Texas felon currently in prison gave Obama a good run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic Primary.

SC.Charlie on May 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Let’s leave a chunk of coal for him Nov. 6th.

hillsoftx on May 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Nope… Leave him a big fat fine with a note saying someone sent him a chunk of highly toxic coal and he has to pay for it’s clean up…

SWalker on May 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

…they wanted to send Obama a message.”

If you want to send a message; no one show up.

askwhatif on May 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Reince, make sure every talking head you discuss this with understands who the real “Party of NO!” is. No drilling, no coal mining, no pipelines, no jobs, no future.

The Monster on May 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Speaking of Juddmentum, there’s an open primary in Arkansas next week and The One is only up 7 on his non-convict, non-insane-sounding opponent. Now that the rest of the GOP field tapped out, is anybody up for Operation Razorback Chaos? http://wp.me/pUsF3-DH

Jorge Bonilla on May 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Federal Inmate No. 11593-051. Last week in West Virginia, President Obama lost 41 percent of the vote (and 10 counties) in the Democrat primary to Keith Judd, a convicted felon.

Federal Inmate No. 11593-051, or just 51 to his friends, should be an indicator of just how beatable the jug-eared bastard is.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Joe from Scranton!!!!

steebo77 on May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Politicians are from wherever you live, whenever it’s convenient.

askwhatif on May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

This pretty much sums it up for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp-qDsjJHqM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Ben Hur on May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

But … but … Joe’s from Scranton! That alone should allow Obama to keep Pennsylvania in the Blue column, shouldn’t it?

jon1979 on May 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Have you ever been to Scranton?

CurtZHP on May 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

If you want to send a message; no one show up.

askwhatif on May 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What kind of message does voter apathy send?

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Have you ever been to Scranton?

CurtZHP on May 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Yes, and Biden is not popular with the many residents.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Using Maher in the video is genius. Don’t identify him, just use him.

InterestedObserver on May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Coal is also why Junior Casey’s senate seat might be a tossup. His opponent is a former coal company owner. And of course Junior has to explain to Catholic blue collar voters why he supports the contraceptive mandate.

Watch Junior now try to run away from Obama. Heh.

Wethal on May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Poor Joe. He gets booed in Pittsburgh, now they’re sending him on down the Ohio river where it just gets worse for team Obama.

It’s almost as if they’re trying to get him to quit.

forest on May 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Yes, and Biden is not popular with the many residents.

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

.
Biden is a Dunder-head though.

FlaMurph on May 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

While we’re watching Joe, what’s the OTHER HAND doing?
ALWAYS.WATCH.THE.OTHER.HAND.

askwhatif on May 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

If you want to send a message; no one show up.

askwhatif on May 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What kind of message does voter apathy send?

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

MAYBE, he’ll understand that no one is buying what he has to sell.
Then again, he is Joe.

askwhatif on May 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

Have courage, folks. Americans are slow to anger, and the best way to anger them is to make them feel like fools by lying to get elected and then, after they have realized the wool has been pulled over their eyes, to try it again.

0bama’s going down hard. He and Slow Joe can’t scramble fast enough to cover all the bases they have lied to.

cane_loader on May 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Barry has constructed a tall, slender spire of pride.

In November, the dark cloud of anger boiling over this country is going to find the quickest way to ground.

If you’re caught in a pasture in a lightning storm, run away from that lone oak in the middle….

cane_loader on May 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I sure hope to goodness all voters in coal, oil and gas states take note they are being used for money and votes by bho/joe! Please DO NOT BELIEVE EITHER OF THEM, they open mouth and lies comes out!

The epa will continue to do their nasty dirty deeds even if bho/joe promises to help these states out until after eletion?
L

letget on May 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Coal is what drives the ChiComs to “bury” America.
All of those whose livelihood depends upon the energy industry, (the real one, not the bankrupt ones that Komrade ØbaMaØ and Slow Joe are funding with our money), should they be of sound mind, would vote NOT for those fascist morons.
Those not in love with ChicagØbama should realize that “coyote ugly” is what the “energy dept.” has become under this administration.
This is just unbelievable in a sane world.
How can “Captain Kickass” and his Court Jester Slow Joe sell that one?
ANSWER: Only to people too stupid to vote.
(there will be a pop quiz on election day to weed out the idiots)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The campaign website’s “all-of-the-above” energy plan now includes clean coal, which was conspicuously absent until last week.

Will be interesting to see how they try to talk out of both sides of their mouth as they now have to sooth the enviros to whom they repeatedly said “No coal! No coal!”

GarandFan on May 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Meanwhile “Green Energy” is imploding;

From the Hockey Schtick

Filed Bankruptcy:

Solyndra
Beacon Power
Ener1
Range Fuels
Solar Trust of America
Spectrawatt
Evergreen Solar
Eastern Energy
Unisolar
Bright Automotive
Olson’s Crop Service
Energy Conversion Devices
Sovello
Siag
Solon
Q-Cells
Mountain Plaza

Teetering on the Brink:

Abound Solar
A123 Systems
Brightsource Energy
Fisker Automotive
First Solar
Nevada Geothermal
SunPower
Nordex
The Bard Group
Amonix
NRG Energy
Alterra Power
Enel Green Power
Sunpower Corp

Dasher on May 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Coal country isn’t Obama country and for good reason.

Really, so Pennsylvania should be the reddest of states, then.

keep the change on May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Federal Inmate No. 11593-051, or just 51 to his friends, should be an indicator of just how beatable the jug-eared bastard is.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

We’ve all joked that we could run a ham sandwich and beat Obama… Now it appears we could run an incarcerated felon and beat Obama…

I never dreamed that ‘ham sandwich’ thing would actually be empirically accurate.

Washington Nearsider on May 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM

cane_loader on May 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Obama and Biden apparently assume that just because they’re coal miners, these voters are stupid, and that the campaign can tell them to ignore the last three years of Obama’s policies. Obama-Biden probably think they can tell coal country that Oceania and Eastasia have always been at war, too.

Wethal on May 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Obama and Biden didn’t care if jobs were lost under their regulations. They are, however, petrified of losing votes.

That’s the good stuff right there. Keep ‘em comming Reince.

29Victor on May 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Really, so Pennsylvania should be the reddest of states, then.

keep the change on May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Except for Philly and Pittsburgh (and maybe Scranton), it is red. Those cities are blue, and the suburbs are purple. Obama-Biden still can’t afford to lose the UMW vote.

Wethal on May 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Really, so Pennsylvania should be the reddest of states, then.

keep the change on May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Philly and shittsburgh don’t mine coal, they get gubbmint$.

VegasRick on May 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

OBAMA TO OHIO:
DROP DEAD

pain train on May 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Except for Philly and Pittsburgh (and maybe Scranton), it is red. Those cities are blue, and the suburbs are purple. Obama-Biden still can’t afford to lose the UMW vote.

That’s why I’m hopeful about PA. I don’t think the black turnout will be nearly as massive as it was in 08. If Obama loses even a point or two there, it’s over.

If Philly doesn’t have 1,000,000 votes cast on election night, Romney wins Pennsylvania.

Washington Nearsider on May 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

OBAMA TO OHIO:
DROP DEAD

pain train on May 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM


OHIO TO OBAMA:

What’s the opposite of ‘above me’?

Washington Nearsider on May 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Coal is also why Junior Casey’s senate seat might be a tossup. His opponent is a former coal company owner. And of course Junior has to explain to Catholic blue collar voters why he supports the contraceptive mandate.

Watch Junior now try to run away from Obama. Heh.

Wethal on May 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

He’ll be the greatest contortionist in history if he can pull that off. Casey was one of the earliest and loudest supporters of Obama, even while Hillary Clinton was cleaning his clock in the Pennsylvania primary.

rockmom on May 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

It’s almost as if they’re trying to get him to quit.

forest on May 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Could be. Hard as it is to believe, Biden was picked to add “gravitas” to the ticket. We all see how that worked out.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Philly and shittsburgh don’t mine coal, they get gubbmint$.

VegasRick on May 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Sure, but even the coal miners are natural democrat constituencies. Blue collar, union, Catholic. It’s traditionally a democrat stronghold, and not just because of the cities.

keep the change on May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Oy vey! I’ve been posting this since 2008:

Twenty-six states produce coal. The major coal-producing states are (in descending order as of 2000, with annual production in thousands of short tons):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining_in_the_United_States

Wyoming (338,900).
West Virginia (158,257)
Kentucky (130,688) (
Pennsylvania (74,619)
Texas (49,498)
Montana (38,352)
Illinois (33,444)
Virginia (32,834)
North Dakota (31,270)
Colorado (29,137)
Indiana (27,965)
New Mexico (27,323)
Utah (26,656)
Ohio (22,269)
Alabama (19,324)
Arizona (13,111)

Total United States: 1,437,174

Twenty six states? Isn’t that 52 Senators?

Wake up RNC!!!!

patch on May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I’ll take What are Losing Presidential Policies for $600, Alex?

Freelancer on May 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

- Tingles Matthews

pain train on May 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If you like your coal, you can keep your coal…you can’t mine it.

dthorny on May 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

patch on May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Your information really has an effect in 2012 on the races in (I think) PA, MT, VA, IN, NM, and OH. The other states don’t have races, or they seem solidly in the red column. In WV, Manchin is generally like a Republican on coal.

Boy, do I wish we could turn this on Brown here in Ohio.

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

President Obama isn’t for all of the above, he’s for “all the sources of energy that come from above the ground…. He just doesn’t like the things that come from below the ground.”

This is a nice sound bite that should be hammered over and over.

Odysseus on May 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Too late Clueless Joe. Words & deeds matter.

You crapped on the coal industry for 3+ years, you really think NOW you’re gonna make it all better less than 6 months to election day, when you STILL have done nothing to help the industry.

Good luck with that.

You really are dumber than people think, which by now is saying something, Mr. Walking Unforced Error.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

…I just don’t get them!

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Let’s leave a chunk of coal for him Nov. 6th.

hillsoftx on May 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I’d like to leave Biden a nice steaming pile of something, but coal wasn’t what I had in mind.

UltimateBob on May 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Is this ad going to be released on tv? It’s really well done and concise.

thirtyandseven on May 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

If the penalties toward the energy industries from King Putt are a surprise to ANYONE then they shouldn’t be allowed to vote this time around. They are just too dense to help the Republic. As for any fence sitters keep this fundamental rule of our modern technology world (brought forward from our prehistoric past): If you can’t grow it, you have to mine it.

Missilengr on May 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Could be. Hard as it is to believe, Biden was picked to add “gravitas” to the ticket. We all see how that worked out.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Gravitas? – and instead they got comic relief…..

dentarthurdent on May 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I’d like to leave Biden a nice steaming pile of something, but coal wasn’t what I had in mind.

UltimateBob on May 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I heard that Biden fell for the dog poop in a flaming paper bag trick 27 times straight.

swinia sutki on May 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM

patch on May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Your information really has an effect in 2012 on the races in (I think) PA, MT, VA, IN, NM, and OH. The other states don’t have races, or they seem solidly in the red column. In WV, Manchin is generally like a Republican on coal.

Boy, do I wish we could turn this on Brown here in Ohio.

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I think it’s “doable”. Remember, when Ted Baxter Strickland was Governor, one of his big vows in 2009/10 was “to do everything within my power to see that President Obama carries Ohio in 2012.”

In November of ’10, we informed Ted, “You are the Weakest Link. Good-bye, and don’t let the door hit ‘ya where the Good Lord split ‘ya.”

The main reason, of course, was the three-ring circus of ineptness and/or cynical rules-breaking Strickland brought to Columbus with him (Mark Dann and Richard Cordray and Jennifer “Miss” Brunner, anyone?). But I strongly suspect his adoration of The Self-Exalted One was a factor, as well.

Brown has a tingle about The One that puts Chris Mathews to shame (not that either one of them has any). In campaign terms, that makes him “low-hanging fruit” this year.

I say that next to turning Ohio out for Romney, we make the No. 2 priority sending Brown back to Mansfield. I’m sure he can still teach at the OSU campus there.

cheers

eon

eon on May 17, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Someone should coal cock sheriff Joe Biden to put him out of his misery.

dthorny on May 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Did he says “Corpse Syrup?”

Elizabetty on May 17, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Bookend every place this bozo goes that rely’s on coal mining for a livelyhood and promise to remove the EPA overeaching regulations.

jake49 on May 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM

As the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard noted, “Stabbed in the back by coal country in West Virginia…the Obama-Biden campaign has overnight discovered coal.”

Obama was stabbed in the back? More like, Obama and Biden stabbed coal country in the back.

Big John on May 18, 2012 at 8:42 AM