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  •  Kaine "sucked" in part . . . (5+ / 0-)

    because he faced pretty much uniform GOP obstruction during his time as Governor.  The GOP learned their lesson with Mark Warner that you don't get a share of the credit when things go right.  The House of Delegates that Kaine had to deal with was much more hardline conservative than the one that Mark Warner dealt with which still had some moderate Republicans who were willing to make deals.

    Kaine's performance was unspectacular though.  He'll probably be an uninspiring, but safe choice.

    I do think though that Obama will have coattails in 2012 as he did in 2008 for whoever runs.  The Dems will probably have 100K+ votes in their favor in 2012 that they wouldn't have in an off-year election (this is true even if Obama loses the state).

    •  Call me crazy (4+ / 0-)

      But I think Obama would be boosted by Tom Perriello in NoVa. Both are damn good campaigners, and Obama loves Perriello. Better, Perriello appeals to the same rural Virginia voters that elected Warner and Webb. Together, Obama and Perriello can carry the state. Believe me, we here in NoVA are desperate to vote for a good strong Democrat for a statewide office -- especially after the way Creigh Deeds stunk up the joint. Obama will benefit from a base that's energized to GOTV for Perriello.

      No elected official should enjoy more than the worst medical plan available to their constituents. In the US, that would be no plan.

      by pmcmscot on Wed Feb 09, 2011 at 10:05:28 AM PST

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      •  I would be happy to see Periello run . . . (0+ / 0-)

        for either the Senate or the House seat.  Perhaps there would be some Periello coattails in NoVA -- although I would be surprised if it was more than 10K votes.  Still that could be a significant difference in what will probably be a much tighter election race in 2012.

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