Manchin “wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out,” Midler tweeted on Monday.
The actress expressed regret for her remarks in a later tweet. “I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst. I’m just seeing red,” she said.
Midler has hardly been the only one to beat up on the state, recently or in the past, and describe it in such backwater terms. And one could argue the critics have a point. For example, West Virginia has ranked highest in the nation in rates of drug-overdose fatalities. And it’s near the bottom in many definitive categories, such as quality of education and health care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of the states. (Overall, the publication ranks the state 47th in the nation.)
Still, locals and those…