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Yes, let the crowing begin -- if only because we've waited far too long to break out that $10 champagne. The news for the GOP is bad, bad, bad. Timothy Kaine's victory is especially a bit of a downer, and not just because of Dubya's photo-op. The outcome also does not bode well for the GOP's favorite electoral pasttime: swift-boating:

This allowed Kaine to survive the most hazardous stretch of the eight-month, $40 million campaign: a punishing barrage of Kilgore ads by Scott Howell -- an archrival of Eichenbaum and Struble -- in which relatives of murder victims branded the Democrat unreliable on the death penalty.
One spot suggested that Kaine would not execute even Adolf Hitler.
Republicans, certain that Kaine's stance on capital punishment would prove politically fatal in a state where 75 percent of voters favor it, were instead stunned by a backlash. In one survey, one in four voters said they were more inclined to oppose Kilgore because of the disputed ads.
Yes, one gubernatorial election does not a national trend make. But a girl has to dream. [LINK via The Note]

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