09 rant

I can’t help myself, it’s time to talk about ’09. Judging by the chatter I’ve been hearing, it looks like the GOP will try the whole convention thing in ’09. This raises the possibility that they will nominate a NOVA moderate downticket (through some sort of backroom deal) – if they’ve learned any lessons from this year…they probably haven’t. GOP Gov: Bolling v. McDonnell (if he wins). The social conservatives vs the anti-taxers. God help us. Or should I say “Gilmore help us”. Downticket: Who wins the NOVA moderate downticket backroom deal sweepstakes? Most likely would be Connaughton (LG). Davis can’t possibly be interested in AG or LG. Devolites-Davis is a possibility, but I doubt it. On the conservative side, don’t forget Delegate Chris Saxman or Delegate Brochure Bell (R-Albemarle). And then you’ve got Chad Dotson, whose primary opponents are probably already scowering his blog looking for ammunition… The Cooch could run for something, adding to the fun. Albo will never seriously contend for an office higher than Delegate, thanks to the fact that this would receive serious media coverage if he ran for an office higher than delegate. Dems Gov: If Deeds wins then you’ll see Deeds. If he loses, then we’re screwed…maybe Warner again? Some Senator? Maybe just leave the seat uncontested? Perhaps a John Grisham Write-In Campaign? Downticket: Chap Petersen, Brian Moran, John Marshall (current Sec. of Public Safety)…some Senator…? Gerry Connelly? My my the Democrats have a strong bench. Update: After reading through some other blogs ’09 stuff, let me add some wild cards: GOP: Kate or Mark Oberstein, Baril, Paul Harris VDP: James Socas (remember his website with his head sticking over the top banner like a dog sticking it’s head over a fence?) David Englin (running on the gay marriage party ticket) Any others? Particularly women? You know…that other gender…