Yes, there is life outside of City Council chambers. In the political world, the VA Republicans have selected a Mr. Jackson as our Lt. Gov candidate and Mr. Obenshein as our AG. The candidate for Governor was never an issue. Those of you who thought the Republican party in VA needed to moderate in order to remain viable, well, you're out of luck. Indeed, we appear to have doubled-down on social issues. All 3 are staunch social conservatives and Mr. Jackson has a way of articulating his social stands that make the life of democratic ad maker easy even if his stand on issues is the same as the other two. Mr. Obenshein appears to have introduced a bill requring women to report miscarriages to police. I dont think it's an exceptionally strong ticket.
It's early but none of them is really running *for* anything. I've seen longer "issues" pages for local races than Mr. Cuccinelli's issues page. It's kinda sparse for the Governor's job. The single biggest challenge for all 3 wil be to grasp the concept that there's far more to governance than abortion and "freedom" (well, freedom unless you have lady business – that needs to be watched with a sharp eye – its too dangerous to be left to the owner of said business). Mr. Cuccinelli is starting to turn that corner but, if his issues page is any guide, seems to be struggling a bit – and it isn't going to get easier as the Democrats are not likely to leave those issues alone. If our ticket gets around that bend and starts to execute on a broader agenda, we'll be fine and they might be able to bring a leadership role to Richmond. If not, I don't think it bodes well for useful action in the GA but I'm happy to be wrong.
However, if I'm not wild about the republican nominees, the Democratic nominees are just head scratchers. Democrats have been waiting for this moment for 4 years. Salivating to run against Mr. Social Warrior himself – Ken Cuccinelli – and the best game they can bring is Terry McAuliffe? T-Mac from the Bill Clinton era? If I were a democrat (and at least some number of you out there are convinced I am), I'd be furious. The machine that turned out Obama victories in republican districts two cycles in a row nominates a back bencher from the 90's? A disaster. If the Democrats select Sen. Northram for LG, that race might get interesting. I want republicans to win but I also think it's healthy for our state to have a vigorous, tough election that forces leaderhip positions from the candidates on the sticky issues of the day. We're all better for it and this ain't it.
A complete non-sequiter but what is with the weather? I was wearing long pants and a sweatshirt on Sunday night. I'm about a month behind in my preperations for a couple of cycling events this summer. Pretty sure I'm going to bail on the Diabetes ride – I'm just not where I need to be and I'm sick of riding in the cold. Saturday I did do about 20 miles in the rain but that was it. The garden is still a shambles. We haven't even cleared the tomato cages from last year. Over the winter we had grand designs on building some raised beds and producing a bumper crop of veggies but that's gone by the wayside. We'll be lucky to get some plants in the ground at all. Today it's muggy but not hot…and it's going to rain some more. Maybe I should plant rice? The mosquitos are going to be aweful and the cicada are just getting started…It's going to be a heck of a summer!