Fighting the urge to vomit, last on Tuesday, I watched Creigh Deeds concede to Taliban Bob McDonnell (Pat Robertson's anointed candidate) in the race for Virginia's next governor. Obviously, there are a number of lessons to be learned from Deeds' defeat, including:
- the Democrats need to avoid contested primaries that allow the GOP opposition several months of unopposed campaigning,
- Virginia voters are too stupid to discern a slick but completely disingenuous and dishonest campaign by far right cultural warriors like McDonnell,
- andidates from Southwest Virginia are DOA in a statewide general election - Deeds is the third to crash and burn as a candidate for governor,
- Deeds ran one of the worse campaigns in memory and dragged the rest of the Democrat ticket down with him,
- DNC chair Tim Kaine should have spent more time at home minding Virginia, and
- Barack Obama and the Congressional Democrats' inability to pass major legislation even when given a mandate suggests to many - at least it would seem in Virginia - that a vote for Democrats is a vote for contemplating one's navel rather than getting the job done.
The next four years will be interesting as McDonnell must govern as opposed to taking pot shots at the Democrats and bear the consequences of failing to deliver on his campaign promises such as fixing the state's transportation system nightmare and being a "jobs governor" even though his election (and that of Ken "I'm a Christo-fascist" Cuccinelli as attorney general) has told progressives that Virginia is a state to be avoided if at all possible.
With these Christianists in office, the voters in Virginia will get the chance to see the results of true religious fanatics in office (assuming, of course Cuccinelli doesn't do something so over the top as to get himself removed from office). Hopefully, it will serve as a much needed wake up call.
For GLBT Virginians, I suspect that the next four years in Virginia are going to bleak and I see little chance of any pro-gay legislation being enacted.
Thus, I would strongly encourage all who are confronted with being relocated to Virginia or who find their companies courted to move to Virginia to say "Hell No" and tell your employers and/or the Virginia economic development agencies that an anti-gay state is not attractive and other options are preferable. Legalized bigotry must be made to bear a high price and that price must be made known to policy makers and the electorate.