The U.S. Senate race between former legislator, secretary of state and Gov. Joe Manchin and his Republican challenger, John Raese, presents a painful choice for many West Virginians.
Manchin, who won the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat two years ago, was a popular and effective governor. Some of the changes he set into motion will help the state in the long term.
But Raese is right. Senate Democrats are a different breed of cat entirely, and Manchin has not been and cannot be as effective there. He must be "Washington Joe," as Raese warned two years ago.
"He has to be a Democrat," Raese told the Daily Mail's editorial board. "He has to play with his team."
It's true. Manchin has voted 87 percent of the time with President Obama and would be under great pressure to continue to do so.
The Daily Mail endorses Republican John Raese,
who has spent his life in the private sector. He would be in a much better position to end the federal smothering effect and get the economy growing again.
"Joe is a career politician," he said. "I'm not."
Raese is for "less taxes, less regulation, less printing of money" - and for "smaller government that maximizes the freedom of the individual."
Of the shocking growth of the welfare state, he says this: "We have more people in the wagon than we have pulling the wagon."