HNN Staff
Wild Bill
Wild Bill

Overheard between two Republicans talking about the GOP Governor's primary race recently:  "You know, I'm voting for Clark Barnes, so that's settled.  But in watching this fight between Maloney and Ireland, I'm going to root for Betty.  At least she's some form of human being.  Can't say the same for Bill Maloney.  He's scripted, distant, and doesn't seem engaged.  Sort of like an alien or something."

Now that assessment may be a little harsh, but it points up what every new political candidate must add into their calculus at all times, namely, how are they coming across to the voters?   A political newcomer like Bill Maloney, more than most candidates, must surround himself with serious people who have permission to tell him the truth--about how he's doing in his speeches, what to put in his TV and radio ads, and how to present himself to others one-on-one.

That kind of assessment seems to be missing from the Maloney campaign--bigtime.  Some examples:

On balance, we can't say that the West Virginia Republican Party has been enriched by the Maloney for Governor effort this spring.  Certainly, many TV and radio stations have.   But the combination of Maloney's chronic dullness, combined with his campaign's two-front war with Betty Ireland and now Clark Barnes makes us wonder how Maloney could ever unify the GOP after the primary.

Besides, poor old Bill says now that he spent too much on this race.  We agree.  But we did tell you, Bill, that West Virginia Republicans can't be bought.