Speaking of the RNC, isn't it ironic that Republicans have made hay over the failure of Manchin, Earl Ray Tomblin, and Nick Rahall to attend the DNC, while failing to point out that their Senate candidate, John Raese did not attend the RNC, even though it was in Tampa, a short 20-minute Learjet flight from Raese's "winter" home in Palm Beach?
Chad Holland, executive director of the state GOP, said of Raese's absence, "He was focused on his campaign here in West Virginia."
(Hold it, isn't that the same excuse -- er, reason -- Manchin, Tomblin and Rahall gave for skipping the DNC?)
Holland also stressed that Raese supports the Romney/Ryan ticket 100 percent.
Finally, add me to the list of those saying good riddance to the Marshall-West Virginia University football series.
On one level, it was like fighting your little brother: There's not much satisfaction gained by beating him up, and there would be no living it down if he ever managed to land a knockout punch.
On another level, the series fostered the illusion that Marshall and WVU are co-equal institutions. In reality, by no quantifiable measure -- be it enrollment, graduation rates, facilities, research dollars, endowments, academic honors, or athletics -- is Marshall by any means equal to WVU.
However, the illusion arguably clouded legislative actions. Case in point: Then-Gov. Manchin's "Bucks for Brains" initiative to provide $50 million of matching funds for research initiatives at the two schools.
Manchin proposed a 70/30 split of the funds, and there was even talk initially among legislators of making it a 50/50 split. Never mind that, based on historic research funding by institution, an 85/15 split would have been more rational.
Turns out, WVU raised its $35 million of funding, while I believe Marshall has yet to reach its $15 million goal, even though it was allowed to draw down $5 million of "Bucks for Brains" funds to help underwrite costs for construction of an athletic facility on campus ...
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.