What a surprise, coming home on my lunch break to find out that Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has decided to run for reelection instead of running for governor. This is an honorable move by the LG, though I can't help but show a dash of disappointment since I am a big supporter of his. As it is, this is great news for the party and one fight that we didn't need now avoided. Republicans won't forget this act of graciousness by Bolling.
This sets Republicans up for its strongest ticket in years, both ideologically and geographically. It sets things up perfectly for Ken Cuccinelli to run for AG representing Northern Virginia. This is were our deep bench will pull us through. I think 2009 will be a very important year for Virginia Republicans. These three all have big-time name recognition, have great resumes, and are reliable conservatives.
Compare this to the Democrats. Of all the candidates, the strongest is Delegate Steve Shannon who is the presumptive nominee for Attorney General. A Cuccinelli-Shannon showdown will be fun to watch since both are from Fairfax and, as far as I know, pretty good friends. Bolling is the immediate favorite for reelection, especially if his opponent is Delegate Kenny Alexander. Now, if Chap Petersen got the itch, it would be a real fight to watch. As for governor, McDonnell beat Deeds once (barely, I know, but he still won), and with his good record as AG on gun rights--a wedge issues used against McDonnell three years ago--McDonnell is in a stronger position. As for Brian Moran? He's so liberal that he would lose in many of the areas Kaine and Warner won in. It wouldn't be hard.