Election Watch: Beyond the Flags and Fire Fighters

The farther you got from ground zero last week, the less the elections seemed to be about terror. New Yorkers heeded Rudy Giuliani's advice, but 300 miles south, in Virginia--the state in which the Pentagon was attacked--nobody much cared when America's mayor appeared in a television commercial and declared, "If I were a Virginian, I would vote for Mark Earley." Giuliani's benediction couldn't help the hapless Republican gubernatorial candidate. Earley's opponent, Democratic businessman Mark Warner, made sure to pose with flags and fire fighters, but the race was about taxes, teachers' salaries, traffic congestion--pre-9/11 stuff. Warner won with 52% of the...

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