The announcement by state Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, that he has switched parties and will enter the Republican primary next spring in hopes of challenging Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., in the fall drew national attention.
Jenkins originally was a Republican.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, led the parade in welcoming Jenkins back into the party fold.
From Washington, Jenkins may look like a shoo-in against the 19-term congressman.
"Mitt Romney carried the state by 26.8 percentage points and the district by 32.2 percentage points in 2012," Politico reported.
Those are nice numbers, but the reality is Rahall did better than Obama and easily handled last year's challenge by Delegate Rick Snuffer, R-Raleigh.
Granted the 8-point win was his smallest margin since he beat Republican David Morrill by only four points 22 years ago, but the fact that Rahall has had races that stretch back 37 years shows how daunting the task is for Jenkins.
However, Rahall will not have the albatross of Obama at the top of the ticket in 2014.
Besides, Rahall knows the drill, having learned it from a fellow named Robert C. Byrd.
And Rahall is ready, willing and able to win again.
The 19-term congressman does not take his re-election for granted and is still energetic and young enough - 64 is hardly old on Capitol Hill - to hustle the votes in the hustings.
The Saturday after Jenkins entered the race, Rahall was in Flat Top for the Lilly Reunion because successful politicians go where the votes are.
"While the Lilly Reunion is so big it could put some county fairs to shame, the real strength of the Lilly family isn't about how many show up," Rahall told Mannix Porterfield of the Register-Herald in Beckley.
"No, it's about how deeply your loyalty and love for another run - two prerequisites to being a true West Virginian."
Rahall also stood up for only men and women marrying, vowed to fight for the Second Amendment and supported voluntary prayer in school.
Indeed, Rahall's views were so traditional that maybe he should be the one switching parties.
However, he is not just another conservative-speaking politician.