Americans are angry, pollsters and cable television hosts tell us. Really they are depressed, deeply discouraged and feeling helpless as they watch oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, their unemployed neighbors paying too much attention to the lawn, and banks escaping the tight regulation called for after bringing the economy to a screeching halt.
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin called the state’s legislature into an emergency July 15 session to decide whether to hold a special election this year to pick a successor to late Senator Robert Byrd .
Five years ago, the popular new U.S. Senator Barack Obama helped out when Robert Byrd of West Virginia needed money for his Senate re-election campaign, backing a fundraising effort that generated more than $600,000 in 24 hours.