West Virginia is incredibly important as certain partisan hacks are quick to point out:Republican John Raese has now opened up a seven-point lead over West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in perhaps the most improbably close U.S. Senate contest in the country. It’s Raese’s biggest lead yet.A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Raese with 50% support to Manchin’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.The West Virginia race now shifts back from a Toss-Up to Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.
It makes no sense for the people of West Virginia to send a Democrat to the Senate when they overwhelmingly oppose Obama and his agenda. The 111th Congress is still a serious threat to freedom, and may have more in store for America whatever happens on election day. Cap and Trade has already passed the House and would only require a vote in the Senate to become the law of the land. Manchin could easily vote for cloture even if he voted against the final bill. We've certainly seen the supposed moderate Dems pull that stunt in the past.
Beyond the lame duck session, Manchin, as a Democrat and junior Senator, would be under incredible pressure to support the Democratic agenda. No matter how many promises he makes to West Virginia now, the carrots and sticks of Dem leadership have proven to have a powerful hypnotic effect in the past and will again in the future. Moreover, Manchin is unwilling to commit to the repeal of ObamaCare despite the fact the people of West Virginia disapprove of the law in even greater numbers than we see nationally. There is really no reason to send this popular Governor to DC; nothing good can come of it. Keep him at home.