Here's the latest attempt - from a Democratic Party operative (ahem*) in Buchanan County - to call white black. In the letters section of today's Roanoke Times:
Rick Boucher is being criticized unfairly in the 9th District race for Congress.Here's what you need to get your arms around, sweetheart: Yes, Rick Boucher cut a deal with the devil, otherwise known as the environmentalist movement. But for that he's to be praised?
As the third-ranking member of the House Energy Committee, he was able to delay Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would harm the coal industry. While he couldn't stop the American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade), he was successful in amending it to delay implementation of harmful regulations. With the full knowledge and support of the coal industry, Boucher was able to get the best deal he could.
Boucher continues to work to protect our coal industry and coal jobs. He is working to keep the demand for coal strong, giving coal industry workers job security and helping to ... [blah blah blah]
I'll use your own words to destroy your argument:
"While he couldn't stop the American Clean Energy and Security Act (cap and trade), he was successful in amending ..."
The problem with that? Rick Boucher didn't stop the act from becoming law but the American people, led most ardently by the coal miners of Virginia's coalfields did. It's history. It went down to defeat in the Senate. It will never raise its ugly head again.
And no thanks to Rick Boucher. He turned tail and ran like the coward that he is.
"Boucher was able to get the best deal he could."
We can all now agree on that. That's the best your man is capable of.
After he cut his deal, the rest of us fought the effort of Washington Democrats to destroy the coal industry and crushed them.
"The best he could."
His best wasn't good enough by a damn sight, woman.
Not when thousands of miners' jobs were at stake.
We defeated the forces that were arrayed to destroy Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Lee, Tazewell, and Wise Counties. Without any assistance from our own congressman. Nothing could be more shameful.
So sell it somewhere else. We're full up on bullshit here in Southwest Virginia.
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* Ahem - The Roanoke Times: "Owens lives in Oakwood." Not mentioned: Owens is an active member of Boucher's Democratic Party. You'd think it would be worth pointing out.