"Republicans have been charging that I have been acting 'unconstitutionally' of late, but Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, clearly acted beyond his role by naming West Virginia the 35th State." Obama said while speaking off-the-record at a Campaign Dinner being held at the Greenbrier yesterday, "It is beyond time to repair the damage done to the Union by Lincoln and restore the Commonweath of Virginia to its previous glory and shape."
West Virginia entered statehood in an unparalleled act in American History. When most of Virginia voted to succeed from the Union, a smaller group wanted to remain. Fleeing from the Confederate tyranny, the last remaining Delegates, led their ragtag, fellow fugitives on a lonely quest—for a shining dream known as statehood.
Even President Lincoln had misgivings about the legality of the decision asking, "Is the said Act Constitutional ...[and] expedient?" The Obama Administration agrees with historians that the act was unconstitutional.
White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, quoted Article 4, section 3 of the Federal Constitution providing that 'no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislature of the states concerned, as well as of the congress.' Despite what Republicans say, Obama takes the Oath of Office seriously. When he promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, he meant it!"
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has reservations, but suppports Obama, "I am 110% behind West Virginia, but I can't believe President Obama will wipe West Virginia from the map. Obama must know something we don't."
Kathy Meeker, a West Virginia Studies teacher believes this may have more to do with Politics than History. "Clearly Obama is miffed that WV Senator Joe Manchin has repeatedly confronted his Administration when it comes to coal and the EPA. And saying he was unsure who he was going to vote for? That had to upset Obama. And I'm sure he hasn't forgotten West Virginia hasn't voted Democrat in the past few Presidential Elections. Besides, history shows us dictators silence or destroy anyone in their way. I mean, I'm not calling Obama a dictator, but why else would he destroy West Virginia?"
The controversy will continue if Obama has to unravel the 1871 Supreme Court decision that was believed to have settled the matter. However, Obama made it clear when his Health Care bill was challenged he was not afraid to question Supreme Court decisions when necessary, "Elections have consequences and guess what? I was elected and they weren't."
Biden is said to have let the cat out of the bag on the campaign trail in March by saying, "I hope the good people of Charleston, Virginia can come together and realize how crucial it is to Virginia that Obama wins this election." [LINK].
Joe Manchin has declined comment but sources close to the senator speculate he has been approached to replace Biden on the Democratic Presidental Ticket in exchange for cooperation in returning West Virginia to Virginia.
With an election year approaching, Obama must believe the act will largely go unnoticed across the nation. If statehood is revoked maps will be redrawn to make West Virginia only western Virginia as sports channel announcers -- and everyone else assumed it was anyway.