Almost six weeks from the election, candidates have started falling into desperation mode.
Anne Barth, in an odd strategy designed to link Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito to the president that West Virginia convincingly supported twice, has accused the 2nd District representative of supporting the George W. Bush agenda blindly. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Capito supported measures designed to reign in institutions such as Freddie Mac while voting with the president 49% of the time. Her desire to follow her conscience and constituents has earned her the respect of the voters. Barth also accused Capito of failing to hold committee hearings on housing problems until too late. Most folks know that only committee chairs can call meetings.
Barack Obama refuses to retract in any way his remark "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig." This is a colloquialism that the Ivy League has learned from someone in flyover country that unfortunately resembles Palin's "Pit bull with lipstick" remark at the Republican convention. It was probably not an attack on Palin. If so it would be in tremendously poor taste. However, Obama refuses to back off the remark. He refuses to even apologize in case he caused offense. The Obama campaign has lost tremendous ground over the past month and shows no sign of regaining traction.