West Virginia’s registered Democrats, like their cousins in western Pennsylvania and eastern and southern Ohio, are having a hard time fitting anywhere within Barack Obama’s vision of the Democratic party.

“Obama and his message just do not gel with me,” said Mark Lamp as he climbed into his utility truck. Lamp, 47, from neighboring Weirton, is a registered Democrat who voted for Clinton in the May primary.

“My first problem with him is taxes, the second is experience,” he explained.

Lamp has worked in construction all of his life, and the company he works for builds houses in the tri-state area. “We have been busy all year.” He sees very few signs of the economy or gas prices hurting him, and they are not what drives his vote.

“I vote leadership. That is why I voted for Hillary and why I will vote McCain.”

I don’t think the Greek temple thing will close the deal.