It's been a pretty quiet campaign season this year, especially in Richmond. But with Creigh Deeds making significant gains in Northern Virginia, it seems like just a matter of time before the right wing bloggers lose their cool and begin frothing at the mouth. There's no question that Allen's "A-Team" hurt him with the press and with those following the race online. Will right wing bloggers shoot their candidate in the foot again this year?
This year promises to be particularly nasty as righty bloggers digest the "lessons" of the tea party movement: the louder, the nastier, and the crazier the better is what the media coverage of the tea parties suggested. Only time will tell if this is in fact the case, whether carrying around overt displays of racism and behaving badly will serve the McDonnell campaign as effectively as it did the anti-healthcare reform movement.
A single minute of (bourbon fueled?) overt racism ended the career of Senator George Allen. What will happen when the tea party movement turns out to rally for McDonnell--as they almost certainly will--will they bring their Obama-as-witch-doctor posters? And what impact will that image have on Virginia's electorate in 2009?