I am pretty surprised by this, to be honest. I figured Webb enjoyed policy enough that he could slug through another campaign. He was, by far, the Democrats best option.
But what does this mean for Republicans? For starters, it means we have to get our nominee right. If we pick the right person they could be there for awhile. Much of the appeal for George Allen was to see him exact revenge on Webb, but that won't happen now. Does this men a real heavy hitter like Ken Cuccinelli or Bill Bolling gets in?
I'm guessing the nomination for the Dems will go to Tom Periello, since I don't think Tim Kaine will run. He's young, hard-working, and an attractive statewide candidate but he's had to eat some tough votes. What I'm wondering is if Gerry Connolly might feel his oats and get in this thing. He'll have a huge base to start with, tons of money, and a pretty good organization.
I wish I was smart enough to know what was going to happen, but I honestly think that between guys like Kaine and Periello and Connolly - the Dems have a deeper bench statewide than we do if all we can do is George Allen or Jamie Radtke.