The thing I think is the most interesting about this is that it's likely that current Minorty Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) will become the first ever female Speaker of the House - only 2 heartbeats away from the Presidency.
Virginia, of course, screwed the pooch on passing the Marriage Amendment, which states:
"That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."So, you + your man can't buy a house together. you can't leave your mistress your Lexus, and you definitely can't adopt a kid if you're not married. so screw you life partners & gays! Virginia's only for married lovers.
DC, the 'state' I live in, had nothing worth noting in elections. Fenty won for mayor, taking 90% of the vote. How could he not? no one else even bothered to advertise! Eleanor Holmes Norton remains our congressional delegate, she didn't even have an opponent. Is it bad for your esteem when no one else wants your job? Or are you smugly self-satisfied? What's leadt surprising but most frustrating is that neither of these 'wins' were even covered by the Washington Post.
Sigh. Maybe dsmoooth's right not to vote. It just boils the blood.
For less biased election coverage, check out our friend Sarah Wheaton's work at The Caucus at the NY Times, or the real numbers at The Washington Post to see if Webb (d-marine) or Allen (r-racist) will lead VA in the Senate.
p.s. to the DC Statehood Green Party - get a good writer working for you pronto. No one's going to vote for a Shadow Senator that didn't tell their kid DC doesn't have congressional representation (Joyce Robinson-Paul) - "My daughter served as a page...and she was dumbfounded to learn that DC has no vote in the House and Senate."