Typically, when a highly sought-after political seat opens up, potential candidates line up for their opportunity to run.
So you would think that with Sen. Jay Rockefeller's early announcement that he's not running for re-election in 2014, Democratic candidates would be scrambling for position.
After all, the state's two Senate seats have been blue since the 1958 election. The late Robert Byrd and Jennings Randolph, along with Rockefeller and now Joe Manchin - all Democrats - have kept those positions warm, safe and dry for their party.
Consider also that the Democratic Party still holds a 52 percent to 29 percent voter registration advantage over Republicans (19 percent are independent or third party).
What's not to love about being a Rockefeller heir?
But the royal lineage has petered out, at least for now, as the Democratic Party scratches from its list of possible successors one name after another.
The latest to take her name out of contention is state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis.
When asked on MetroNews TalkLine if she was considering a run, Davis gave an unequivocal "absolutely not."
Yes, she had gotten phone calls and emails from Dems wanting her to run and, yes, party power brokers in Washington had talked to her, but Davis says she loves the law and likes her job.
So Davis joins Congressman Nick Rahall, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, Charleston attorney Carte Goodwin (Booth Goodwin's first cousin), Nick Preservati, who is also a Charleston lawyer, Wheeling attorney Ralph Baxter, and former Gov. Gaston Caperton as some of the potentially viable candidates who have ruled out a Senate run.
What happened to the Democratic bench?