West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller graciously agreed to be interviewed by TheDiggerer in his home concerning his recent vote against a measure to block upcoming EPA restrictions. We are joined by a coal mining apprentice named, Luke. The senator knows full well that Luke and his co-workers were hopeful the measure would be successful in stopping the EPA restrictions. They believe his vote to kill the measure was also a death knell for West Virginia. With his prior approval, both Luke and TheDiggerer conducted the interview. What follows is that exchange.
The Senator spoke first.
SENATOR IN THE HOUSE (SITH): "As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed, " Rockefeller said from the shadows.
LUKE: "Your overconfidence is your weakness."
SITH: "Your faith in your friends, is yours."
TheDiggerer (DGGRR): Interrupting the awkward moment. "What about Senator Joe Manchin? Does it bother you that he didn't vote with you or the other Democrats on this issue?"
SITH: "I have foreseen it. His compassion for your state will be his undoing."
DGGRR: "Don't you mean, 'our state'? West Virginia is also the state you represent, too."
SITH: "So be it..."
DGGRR: "We seem to have started the interview already. I had wanted to start with a more personal question."
SITH: "Fire at will."
DGGRR: Your home is lovely. Did you pick out the decor, yourself?"
SITH: "Strange that I have not."
DGGRR: "Luke told me earlier that his father actually agrees with you on this matter of allowing the EPA to increase restrictions and killing coal. He thinks savling a few lives is worth forcing honest, hard-working West Virginians to go elsewhere for employment."
SITH: "I wonder if your feelings on this matter are clear."
DGGRR: "I'm pretty sure they are, but just like all main-stream media, we remain neutral and report only the facts."
LUKE: "You won't convert me as you did my father."
SITH: "It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will be crushed."
DGGRR: "Those are pretty harsh words, Senator. But some would argue that they are only having to 'rebel', to use your word, because of Obama's war on coal. How do you answer your critics who say now that you are no longer running for office, you are trying to create a shallow environmental legacy, when in fact you are living off the backs of West Virginia Coal miners as well as your families riches. Riches that came from the steel industry which itself, was powered by coal."
SITH: "Your work here is finished, my friend. Go..."
And so ended our short interview. I suppose I went too far with the last question, but my editor demanded I ask it. I had a very bad feeling about this.
It's not my fault.