Some Democrat public officials from coal states have abandoned their constituents in order to serve their party's president, Barack Obama.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has made it clear his fellow West Virginians come first in any conflict with the president. "As long as I am governor, I will continue to fight (against) this administration's war on coal," Tomblin emphasized during his State of the State speech Wednesday.
That attitude carries on with the policy of former governor, now U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been a tireless opponent of Obama's campaign against the coal industry.
If Obama and the EPA are allowed to get away with wrecking the coal industry, tens of millions of Americans will suffer. West Virginians will be hit particularly hard.
While it is good to hear Tomblin's pledge, he should follow through with it. At every opportunity, state government should go to battle against Obama on the issue, perhaps through lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency.