What does it say about how President Barack Obama has treated West Virginia that one of our U.S. senators isn't certain he wants to vote for him in November? Plenty.
Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was asked how he will vote in the presidential election next fall. He responded he is not certain whether he will vote for his party's president, Obama, or for Republican Mitt Romney.
Manchin stressed he has concerns about both men and will "look at the options" before deciding how to vote.
But he added Obama's energy policy, including his war against coal, won't help the president in that decision-making process.
In many ways, Manchin is a staunch Democrat. But he has made it clear his first priority is to the people of West Virginia, not to his party or its leader. The senator has demonstrated repeatedly, through his actions on Capitol Hill, that is not just an electioneering slogan.
Too many other Democrat senators do not feel that way. On issues ranging from energy to the economy, from health care to the national debt, they have abandoned their constituents in order to serve the party and its president.
Manchin has much to consider and still has to make up his mind. But many other West Virginians already have decided how to vote in November: anyone but Obama.