Senator Admits Political Opposition To President Obama Is Rooted In Racism
West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller is retiring this year, after one tough first election (1984, running against the Reagan landslide) and a bunch of easy races. In 2008, he endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Four years later, he bucked everyone else in the West Virginia delegation—and sort of reversed himself—to oppose delays of new EPA regulations on mercury emissions.
My point is that he’s going out with a sort of glee that he never has to face voters again, and that his legacy (which isn’t yet appreciated) will be the Affordable Care Act. A few weeks ago, he told witnesses at one Finance hearing that there was plenty to reform, but too much opposition to the president was racial. “For some, it’s we don’t want anything good to happen under this president because he’s the wrong color,” he said. “For some it’s Tea Party. For some it’s just a fear of their own election prospects.”