What Does a Dog Do When He Catches the Truck?
Friday, November 11, 2005 :::
Barnie Day has his opinions on the results, too (of course). And they're good.
For starters, Bolling and McDonnell both outpolled Kilgore significantly. You don't have to be the brightest bulb in the marquee to know that some 60,000 Republican-leaning voters stayed with the colors down-ticket, but then split and went for Kaine in the governor's race.
The second thing that stood out for me was this - those NOVA and Tidewater suburbs that were supposed to be so solidly Republican reversed field this time and went Democratic, giving Kaine a margin of some 80,000-90,000 votes. And here's the shocker - he would have still won without it! You could take that margin away from Kaine, and he still wins!
The question, though is this: were they moderates who split? Conservatives? A bit of both? Well, that depends on where you sit. A bit of both, I'd say...but I do think a lot of conservatives did pull out the rod and reel on election day.
And the other question is: what does the dog (in this case, Kaine) do now that he's caught the truck? First thing he does, it seems, it hold a bunch of "townhall meetings" to drum up support for a transportation tax hike.
That was no truck he caught. It was a bulldozer.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/11/2005