You may have seen these U.S. senate poll results:
(By the way, that same poll showed Manchin losing to Mooney by only 1 point.)
It certainly produced reactions. For example, from political consultant David Axelrod on CNN:
Of course, Manchin’s response was the usual response when a candidate trails badly in the polls:
Yes, Manchin is correct -- we are still 11 months away from the Republican primary and 17 months away from the general election. Still. . . .
And the Republican candidates
How important is this election? According to our apocalyptic governor, it is very serious -- the United States will not survive if Republicans do not win:
And our governor continues to remind us of the state’s budget surplus:
However, not everyone shares that perspective:
And the governor has been keeping busy. Last week, Justice used the WV National Guard for a political stunt:
It was nice to see that at least one media source asked the right question. From a recent Charleston Gazette editorial:
How, exactly, are 50 Guard members from West Virginia going [to] help address the problems at the border? Not only is it an underwhelming amount of manpower, but Justice didn’t seem to know what the Guard members would be doing, specifically, when he made the announcement.
And it’s a good thing we have a surplus; WV News suggests that the deployment will cost the state around $600,000.
Not unlike his sponsored legislation to return the U.S. to the gold standard, Mooney continues to push another bill that will have little effect upon the day-to-day life of West Virginians:
And what does Mooney highlight on his government account? How about an easily discredited attack upon an American retailer who supposedly is radicalizing America’s youth?
The attacks on Target by the anti-woke crowd have had effects even though they were fact checked by numerous sources and found to be untrue. For example, from the AP fact check:
CLAIM: Target’s Pride collection features a bathing suit for kids that is labeled “tuck-friendly.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The “tuck-friendly” swimsuits are only offered in adult sizes, according to a spokesperson for the company and Target’s website. Kids’ swimsuits in the collection do not feature this label.
And from USA Today:
The swimsuit is marketed towards adults, not children, and is offered in sizes XXS through 4X. None of the kids' swimsuits in the Pride section are labeled as "tuck-friendly."*
Is this what Alex Mooney is most concerned about: “money metals” and “tuck friendly”? And these are important issues for West Virginians? How is Mooney considered a serious candidate? Or, are these legitimate and major concerns of WV's Trump Party?
*The actual truth of what Target advertised is obviously unimportant to the anti-woke right. Along with Budweiser, Target was again attacked on today's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial page in a Rich Lowry column.