Well, I’m back. After a long break from blogging, it’s time to get back to it. The election and my full time job took most of my free time, and I didn’t want to spend a single second wasting time on the internet when I could be contacting voters (the only thing that matters in these elections). My analysis of the statewide races is simple:1. Kaine convinced people he was Warner, and Kilgore was simply not a very strong candidate. He could not excite his base and could not convince NOVA voters that he was a moderate. 2. Byrne was a liberal, but she fared better than expected because she was the only woman on the ticket and because she ran an AMAZING campaign. I was really impressed by her effort, and she definitely won me over. I still maintain, however, that Chap would have beaten Bolling by 15-20 points… 3. McDonnell was too strong of a candidate for even Creigh Deeds, the Democrats’ “dream candidate” from the SW.A few lessons from this election: 1. Illegal immigration is not a viable political issue in Virginia. 2. The death penalty is not a viable political issue in Virginia. 3. People are still wary of the false promises of the Gilmore wing of the Republican party.