VIRGINIA: Disarray in the Old Dominion

You can't tell the players without a scorecard in Virginia these days. Party labels, loyalties and leaders are scrambled beyond the worst imaginings of old Harry F. Byrd Sr., who for much of his life ran Virginia politics like a military drill.

It is odd enough that at the moment the commonwealth has a Republican Governor, an Independent Lieutenant Governor, and a Democratic attorney general. But consider that when voters go to the polls this November, they will elect as Governor one of two well-known, longtime Democrats—neither of whom is running as a Democrat. Two weeks ago one was given...

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