The real question now, with the margin of victory as large as it is, will McDonnell have a mandate?
Contests serve as warning to Democrats: It’s not 2008 anymore
The Washington Post
On Tuesday, Virginia moved back in the direction of Republicans, a reminder that the political landscape is far more fluid than it appeared to be a year ago — and a challenge for the White House and the Democrats as they look toward 2010.
Dems, incumbents get wake-up call
Tuesday night’s trends were emphatically not in Obama’s favor. Among those paying closest attention are dozens of Democrats who won formerly Republican congressional districts in 2006 and 2008 and are up for re-election in 2010.
The Obama magic has faded
The New York Post
And — until it started looking as if they might lose — the Obama people were suggesting that these races would seal their mandate and encourage congressional wafflers to toe the line on health-care reform. Not so much, as it turns out.
Disregard The Talk Of VA Voting Against The President’s Party For Gov.
Do you see a pattern emerging here? When GOP candidates run on specific issues of importance to people in their every day lives, they not only win, but they win BIG.
AP Calls VA for McDonnell: Women, Washington Post Hardest Hit
H/T Ace of Spaces HQ
But wait, he already did!
Kaine Takes a Hike
Kaine, who voted at 7:30 a.m. at Main Street Station, afterward took a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. At Nelson County’s Crabtree Falls, to be precise. It’s a well-known habit for Kaine, an avid outdoorsman, to go hiking on Election Day, and a tradition for Virginia governors to take the day off as well.
Just a quick roundup 24 hours before the polls open.
The Write Side endorses:
And, while we can’t vote there, a special endorsement goes out to
If you’ve read here long enough, you know our reasoning. The time is right. The time is now.
But, whatever your inclination, don’t neglect your right, and your responsiblity to vote tomorrow.
Name of the game: Cut your losses
We all know the game here: Cut your losses. But it is incredibly unseemly to trash your own candidate with 10 days to go in an election.
Something really scary for Obama’s Democrats
Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times
This is one Mr. Deeds who apparently isn’t going to town. The collapse of the Democratic campaign for governor of Virginia speaks volumes – chapters, anyway – about what the body politic is trying to tell Barack Obama’s Democrats.
Suddenly, the White House is treating the bereft Mr. Deeds as if he’s on the fourth day of a three-day underarm deodorant pad. Bill Clinton, accustomed to speaking to cheering thousands at a hundred grand a pop, was dispatched the other night to a Deeds rally to set the throng on fire with one of his late-October stumpwallopers. The rally, such as it was, was held not at an arena or a hotel – not even a Motel 6 – but in a campaign office in the Washington suburbs. The “throng” was counted in the dozens, about the size of a PTA meeting. Not even Bubba could dispel the gloom of a wake.