In case you didn't have the GOP Senate strategy down in West Virginia -- tying what polls show to be popular Gov. Joe Manchin to unpopular president Barack Obama -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee spells it out as clearly as possible in a new ad launched yesterday. It even uses flannel-clad coffee-slurping actors -- talking sloooooooowly -- to deliver the lines.
"Obama's messin' things up."
"He's spending money we don't have -- stimulus, Obamacare."
"And Joe Manchin supported it all."
"Joe's not bad, but when he's with Obama . . ."
" . . . he turns into Washington Joe."
"And Washington Joe does whatever Obama wants."
"Yeah, well e better keep Joe Manchin right here in West Virginia."
"Away from Washington."
"Yup. It's the only way we're gonna stop Obama."
It ends with this tag line: A vote for Manchin is a vote for Obama.