Some have felt they've already seen a criminal take over the White House in the present and the historical past of the country, like when Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were in office. But a recent Democratic primary in West Virginia showed that the latest political party, the "anybody-but-Obama crowd" was willing to purposefully put an official criminal in the White House during election 2012 if it meant Obama got the boot.
Keith Judd, a Texas inmate serving time for the felony crime of threatening a Mexico university, made it to the Democratic primary ticket in West Virginia this week and almost trounced the president in total votes of support.
Isn't that interesting?
Judd isn't gay, black or a member of the New Black Panthers and he still gave the president a run for his money, garnering as much as 41 percent of the vote, according to NPR. The more shocking thing is many didn't even know him that voted for him.
"The folks that we spoke to generally had no idea who Mr. Judd was. They just knew he was not the president," Host Messina Block said.
That proves that the sentiment running in W. VA., as well as other parts of the countryÂ—as evidenced by Romney supportersÂ—is that Obama is so disliked for whatever reasons (just take your pick: poor economy, no job growth, high gas prices, energy failures), that folks are willing to vote for an unknown candidate rather than have four more years of the same ole, same ole from this one.
And that includes voting for a criminal.
With that kind of sentiment running around the country, Keith Judd just might have gotten elected if Mitt Romney wasn't giving Americans a better option, instead.
Judd's main W. VA. supporters according to NPR appear to be those who have suffered from Obama's energy policy decisions and how they impact the economy.
"The recurring issue involves coal," an AP journalist named Lawrence Messina told the NPR host.
Apparently, since W. VA. is dependent for the most part on its coal mining abilities and resources, and Obama is as tight with the mining permits as he is with the oil drilling kind, work has been scarce in the state.
Unlike other parts of the country, the state has little other means to support its citizens, driving them to seek a new president more sympathetic to their plight than offering to keep them on welfare the rest of his time in office.