Getting Republicans and Democrats to work together in West Virginia can seem like begging dogs and cats to play nice. Too often in the past, even when issues critical to our state were involved, it proved impossible.
But now leading figures in both parties - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican - are teaming up to do battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The two have joined with leaders in Montana and Kansas to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rein in the EPA's all-out attack on the coal industry.
Under President Barack Obama, the EPA has attacked on several fronts in an effort to wreck the coal industry, the bedrock of West Virginia's economy. As some courts have recognized, the agency is going far beyond its Constitutional authority.
Here's hoping the new politically unified front presented by West Virginia will help convince the high court. As Benjamin Franklin allegedly told other signers of the Declaration of Independence, "We must all hang together - or assuredly, we shall all hang separately."