From a purely tactical prospective, I do hope it is Barth, as she would be the easiest to beat in a special election. Republican Shelly Moore Capito trounced her in 2008 when she ran for Moore's House seat. Barth is far to the left of most West Virginians on social issues and wouldn't fair much better than Obama statewide. However, for these reasons, I don't see Barth getting the appointment unless it really is only until a special election is called and she agrees not to run. She's just too weak of a candidate for the national party to risk.