Reagan Democrats

For all the talk I’m hearing from Hillary Clinton about West Virginia’s penultimate importance in Presidential elections, and the media’s fixation on “Reagan Democrats,” I feel compelled to note one thing for posterity; Reagan lost West Virginia in 1980. As did Eisenhower in 1952, Richard Nixon in 1968, and Michael Dukakis in 1988. In fact, George W. Bush in 2000 became the first non-incumbent Republican to win West Virginia since Hoover carried it in 1928. 1928 was also the last time ANY Republican candidate running after 2 consecutive Republican terms was able to carry West Virginia.

So could we maybe stop playing make believe?