This is just what West Virginia needs:
Top GOP strategists are plotting ways to force WV to hold a special election this year, in hopes of giving the party a better chance to pick off the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), according to several party sources.
The RNC and the WV GOP are exploring ways to bring a lawsuit that would force the Mountaineer State to hold an election earlier than planned, the sources said. That could be the best option for the GOP, which believes it can win Byrd’s seat in this favorable political climate.
But it will involve compelling the state to actually hold the contest. WV Sec/State Natalie Tennant (D) said last week that Gov. Joe Manchin’s (D) eventual appointee would be able to serve until the ’12 elections. And election law precedent appears to be on Tennant’s side, given a WV Supreme Court decision from ’94.
The RNC has already transfered money to the state GOP, according to a committee source.
I hope Natalie Tennant and Jake Glance understand the flash mob of hate that is about to descend on them, eager to inspect their countertops. Tennant is pretty much a straight shooter and is just following established law, but that won’t matter a bit.