We noticed Ojeda as a rising star back in June and liked his rough edges and his ironman persona, as well as his chances for flipping that seat for the Democrats. In July, elections prognosticator Larry Sabato moved the West Virginia 3rd to "toss-up" status.
It didn't happen. In fact, Ojeda really didn't come that close, taking only 43.59% of the vote against a weak-looking woman who had bragged that she always prays before each vote.
Now Ojeda has announced he's running for president of the United States. He's a working man's working man, and his advocacy for better teacher pay endeared him to thousands. Realistically, maybe he doesn't have a ghost's chance, but he's exactly the kind of dirty fingernails Democrat that we need to overthrow the money-changers and return the Republic to the people.
He's the kind of Democrat who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, buying a bill of goods that turned out to be fake. And he regrets it. “It’s been a friggin’ circus for a solid year,” Ojeda told Politico magazine. “All [DJT] has done ... is shown that he’s taking care of the daggone people he’s supposed to be getting rid of.”
Just yesterday, Ojeda said this about Trump: "Let me tell you something: He's got to stop with the hate. Just think about this, it's Veterans Day, and because it's cloudy, he chose not to go Arlington Cemetery and pay his respect. This is a person who'd fight with NFL players for not standing for the national anthem, but he doesn't pay his respect to people who have given their lives for this nation. He travels across middle America and stands in front of people with no awareness of what their lives are like."
Ojeda defended his decision to run for president to Dave Weigel in today's WashPost: "I am the person who can get people who voted for Trump to come over, because I relate to them. The majority of people who'd throw their hat into this ring are cookie-cutter politicians. Many of them will be very wealthy. And I'm sorry, the majority of people are starting to realize that those people don't relate to them. Those people have no concept of what life is like for them, what life is like for the parent just trying to put food on the table."
|Ojeda on Nov. 6,|
after conceding the election
More Democrats need to talk like that, but you have to think like that first, you have to come from neediness rather than cushiness.
Here's what Ojeda says about coal mining in his home state (remember that Twitterman told coal miners he was going to save them): "I'm not going to lie to coal miners. Coal mining will never ever be the way that it used to be. I believe there is a need for metallurgical coal, to rebuild our infrastructure and our military might, but coal is not going to be something that can sustain people, and that will come sooner than later. We need to be honest in areas that rely on coal, so we can transition those coal miners into something else. And it's got to be more than minimum-wage goals. You can't take someone who's making $90,000 a year and tell him he's going to be making $22,000."
I'm glad Ojeda will be part of the debate. As far as I'm concerned, he's exactly what Bernie Sanders has been hoping for.