I recall smiling with amusement when all the "experts" and political pundits announced after the 2008 Presidential election that Virginia was now officially a "purple" state. In their dreams. Virginia voters have a long tradition of possessing an independent streak and, while remaining right of center, are willing to occasionally roll the dice with someone left of center when they are feeling a bit restless. That was part of the reason Virginia voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Obama's emotional appeal to young voters, minorities, academics and other ruling class elites also played a role in ramping up turnout while having John McCain at the top of the Republican ticket had a depressing affect on the conservative base.
What a difference a couple of years has made. After Virginians realized that they had not helped elect a new kind of politician, but rather had helped put a Marxist into the White House, they returned to common sense and, in 2010, elected one of the most conservative tickets in Virginia history to the state's top three offices - and they did so by almost 20 points. That margin and change was, like 2008, also historic. Purple indeed.
But that's not the end of it. In voting last week, Virginians just made history once more:
Let's just say the New Dominion is looking an awful lot like the Old Dominion. If anything, more so . . . The state GOP is looking at unified control over government for only the second time since the Civil War. (More here.)
Making history. What Virginians do best. What do the "experts" and pundits have to say now? Nothing.