Well, my fellow Virginians have managed to deliver another confusing message to the national electorate and media. On the one hand we want some particular thing and on the other hand we want something different. We don’t pigeon hole well. We are a bit of a Southern version of New Hampshire. The end of Virginia as a Southern state has been long predicted. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it. Virgina will probably go to the Democrats in November unless Obama is nominated. If that happens, then the inherent psychological conservatism of the state will probably push it toward McCain.
Overseas, we see Gates letting the generals set foreign policy on the basis of their egotism and ambition. The neocon Utopians love this because they believe that it will lead to endless American domination of the Middle East. In fact, it will lead to a renewal of Sunni Arab insurgent activity against the US when the tribes come to believe that we are not really their friends. pl