The Wall Street Journal went on to say:
"The state's voters still like the governor, but they're afraid what will happen if he becomes one more vote in a Democratic Congress, like Senator Jay Rockefeller, who has rubber-stamped most of the Obama agenda."
Further clarity will follow.
The airwaves are awash in ads and old film clips. In one, Manchin is seen saying that coal-fired utilities will have to pay, perhaps through "a carbon tax."
How many West Virginians looked up from paying their electric bills this month and thought, as I did:
I don't know how this contest is going to turn out. Nothing is certain.
This is revolution, American-style. It's been called "the continuing revolution."
The American people may revolt against those who would be their rulers at any time - at the ballot box.
It's a beautiful thing to watch.
Nationwide, officeholders who thought of themselves as powerful only a few months ago are quaking in their wingtips before the sovereigns of this country - the people themselves.
Voters have already made one thing quite clear: They send people to Washington to serve them, not party leaders.
West Virginia's next senator, whether it be Republican John Raese or Democrat Joe Manchin, will remember that.
He is just serving out Byrd's term. He will have the seat only until January 3, 2013.
Then he has to win the confidence of his rulers once again. This will instill a certain discipline.
It's a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.