Last week we had the “hicky” controversy and now this: Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, who is running for Senate by running against President Obama, literally shoots at a copy of the cap and trade bill – with a gun. A real one.
The bill, meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions by capping the amount of carbon businesses can emit, is enormously unpopular in West Virginia, which relies on its coal production. The House passed a cap and trade bill in 2009, but Democrats efforts were stalled in the Senate.
Manchin’s ad achieves a sort of symbolic trifecta of anti-Washington Democrat discontent. Manchin fires a gun, first of all, and touts his NRA endorsement. He refers to the landmark health reform law, which he once supported, as “Obamacare” and pledges to repeal the “bad” parts. And he desecrates the cap and trade bill, a priority for many of the environmentally conscious liberals in the party.