President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress were able to virtually ignore West Virginia in the 2012 presidential election. That will not be the case this fall, when control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.
Republicans already control the House of Representatives. But Democrats, under the iron hand of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rule the Senate. Because it takes both houses of Congress to pass a bill, that has given Obama an advantage he has exploited in many ways.
Among them are his war on coal and reasonably priced electricity, turning back attempts to impose discipline on federal spending and, of course, Obamacare.
All this is important in the Mountain State because it is entirely likely the Republican Party will gain a Senate seat from here in the November election. The GOP needs a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate away from Obama, Reid and the other liberals.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Democrat who has represented our state for many years, is retiring.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Capito, the Republican who represents the state's Second Congressional District, is running for the Senate. She is considered the favorite, by a long shot, to win.
But Democrats will be eager to do all in their power to retain control of the Senate. That may well mean a concentrated campaign, with lots of cash from special interests, focused against Capito. No one can predict how low the liberals will go to trash her reputation.
West Virginians should look at Capito's excellent record of representing us - not always by following a conservative script - in the House.
Then, speaking of records, they should consider what Obama and Reid have done. In terms of harming our state and its people directly, that record is a very long one.
No matter what liberal campaign managers say leading up to November, then, the records speak for themselves.