1. He pandered the term "clean coal" while he was in Charleston, does he really believe investment in coal technology is the best route for energy independence -- even Bush now admits global warming is real and is a threat.
2. I have unnamed WV sources who are still very suspicious of Rev. Wright, Obama's (former?) pastor. I assume Rev. Moss is Obama's current pastor. Folk still need to hear him communicate his view of faith.
3. Obama had a chance to go to some out of the way communities in WV, to sit and chat with normal people. Had a cup of coffee in Buckhannon (Jerry Brown campaigned there in 92), or a scoop of ice cream at Dairy Queen in St. Albans (my hometown, JFK did), or skipped a rock across the Ohio in Sistersville (I do not know if any candidate has been there). A few photo-ops and small town hall style meetings could have gone far for Obama. He could talk about his faith, about the hardships he saw on the southside of Chicago (I don't think those hardships were that different than in WV), he could have played a game of basketball in Oceana or Welch (this would have gone far). But he didn't. David Broder is right, I believe. If WV is a swing state in '08 Obama had better find a map and not just stop in Charleston, but time is of the essence, five months. Easier to have visited last week than in the middle of a general election.