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."
Changing policies, Raese contends, would allow the economy to start growing - the opposite of what the country has experienced with a Democratic Senate.
"That's what we've done in Washington - grow government," Raese said. "We need to start growing the economy."
Obamacare, for example, "hands 20 percent of the private sector over to government," he said.
The federal government has given the coming generations $16 trillion in debt, which appalls Raese.
Why does he run when the odds are against him? The answer, instantly: "I'm doing this for my children."
Many people agree. The nation is on the wrong road.
To stop Democrats' megalomaniacal takeover of health care and their out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency, Raese says, voters have "to wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats."
It's true. West Virginians won't get the growth they need unless they change the Senate.
Raese is the change that is needed.