Politico has a story attributing Keith Judd's success in the West Virgina primary to Obama's war on coal, which is to say his Administration's war on their jobs and livelihoods.
For starters, Keith Judd was either clever or lucky enough to have filed for the ballot in the heart of Appalachia’s anti-Obama belt.
West Virginia's county-by-county numbers tell an interesting story: Judd defeated the incumbent president in 9 counties across the state, and held him under 60 percent in 30 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.
Whatever other forces may be at work in the Appalachian opposition to Obama — the role of race has been debated since his 2008 run — it's clear the administration's energy policies played a big role in the president's lackluster performance.
Locally, it's referred to as "the war on coal."
Keith Judd: How the felon won - POLITICO.com
One of the commenters has this:
Alan Karns · Top Commenter · Works at Mercyhurst University Education Department
COME ON.... bigotry is bigotry, let's be honest here. I have always wondered what percent of the unfavorability rating of the President goes back to his race. I know there are many who have other reasons, but again, let's be honest it is at play here. You know, as I read this article I could actually hear banjo music playing in the background.
Yes, "bigotry is bigotry"—apparently it doesn't occur to Mr. Karns that what feels towards white West Virginians who dare to vote against a man who is trying to ruin them might constitute "bigotry."
Here, by the way, are the banjos Mr. Karnes is talking about: